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Deadcell34
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Need to reformat my Inspiron 6000. Help needed plz.

I have an Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop that I got about 3 years ago. Well, with all of the crossed files, partial programs, and possible viruses that may be in my computer..... its caused it to slow down a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean a lot.

 

So I think just reformatting and starting over from the beginning is the best option. I have done all I could to remove unwanted files and such but its still slow. In an effort to get it running faster, I actually turned off some of the startup tools (including my restore function on accident), so restoring back to day 1 is out of the question since it deleted all of my previous restore checkpoints up to that date.

 

Anyways, on to my question. What do I all need to reformat my laptop? I assume I will need a boot disc, Windows XP disc, and drivers disc. I could be wrong but this is how we always reformatted our Dell Dimension 4500 desktop. If this is the case, I will have to get Dell to send me the software since they didn't give me any to begin with.

 

Am I right about doing this? If not, can someone please explain what I need to do to reformat it and what I will need?

Message Edited by Deadcell34 on 08-13-2008 10:33 PM
Message Edited by Deadcell34 on 08-13-2008 10:59 PM
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hotrent1
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Re: Need to reformat my laptop. Help needed plz.

Your windows xp disc is a startup disc. On my m1530, you hit f12 when it bios starts and it gives you the option of starting from cd/dvd.  Then it will boot from your xp disc.  It will usually ask if you want to repair or new install. choose new install and it will clean your hard drive and start from scratch. When you call dell be sure and get any drivers disc and media direct if it came with media direct.  after the install, go to dell support for you model and install all the updates available, that pertain to the hardware and software installed.  the disc or discs they send,  will most likely restore your computer to the way it came.

XPS (product red)  M1530, A12 bios, Intel C2D T9300, 8 Gb (2x4) G-Skill Ram, 1 Gb Intel TCM, WD 320 7200 rpm hd, Intel 4945 wireless card, Sprint broadband card, bluetooth, x-fi express card, Hp Digital express card tuner, Vista Ultimate x64 sp2

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Re: Need to reformat my laptop. Help needed plz.

After installing Windows, you ned to install system drivers in one specific order.  If not, you may experience problem with Windows recognizing your hardware.

 

More info

 

  

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Deadcell34
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Re: Need to reformat my laptop. Help needed plz.

The only problem that I have when it comes to what you said is Dell didn't give me a Windows XP disc. I only got some kind of word processing disc if I am right.

 

But from what you are saying, I don't need a reboot disc right? Just Hit F12 when before it starts up and I can do it from there?

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Re: Need to reformat my laptop. Help needed plz.

My Inspiron 6000 comes with its own Windows XP reinstallation CD.  You may have a restore partition (try CTRL+F11 on BIOS startup) or it comes with software that helps you make a reinstallation CD (you need to provide a blank CD)

 

  

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Deadcell34
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Re: Need to reformat my laptop. Help needed plz.

I will boot it up and check right quick about the restore partition.

 

If I do have software that helps me make a new reinstallation cd, do you have any idea where it would be located? I know its not like you can see my laptop but I thought maybe there is a particular place where Dell might put the software.

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Deadcell34
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Re: Need to reformat my laptop. Help needed plz.

Ok, no Shft+F11 option there. Tried it and nothing happened.

 

Oh, can I use the Windows XP disc that came with our Dimension desktop? My computer has Windows XP Media Center Edition so I didnt know if that would cause a problem or not.

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Re: Need to reformat my laptop. Help needed plz.

Unfortunately my 6000 doesn't come with a restore partition or disc creating software, but I would try looking in Dell folder in your Windows' Start Menu

 

  

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Re: Need to reformat my laptop. Help needed plz.

By the way, you can check whether your notebook comes with a reinstallation CD or system restore partition etc. by checking your notebook's original configuration with your Service Tag (it's actually a packing list of the shipment):

 

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/my_systems_info/details?~ck=ln&~tab=2&c=u...

 

Service Tag can be found on the bottom panel of your notebook

 

If you see something like "Media CD of Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Professional SP2 (English)", your notebook should have come with a reinstallation CD

 

  

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Deadcell34
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Re: Need to reformat my laptop. Help needed plz.

Checking your link now.
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