This is a cry for help! Eversince I bought Insp 8200, I have the problem of system hanging up/freezing at various stages of startup. Everytime it does so, I have to restart until the system logs in ( usually4-8 times). Once it is logged in, it usually is not a problem. Now I never shut down.
I have called dell support multiple times and I always find someone with minimal knowledge. I have been asked many times to do the usual good stuff (like defragment, check hard drives, cleanup, update bios etc)
Dell Inspiron 8200, Windows XP pro, 256 MB RAM
The freeze could be a hardware problem or a software problem.
Try running your Dell Diagnostics (booting from the Dell CD) to see if it can detect any hardware problems. (you can run it in a looping mode for as many hours a you want)
The freeze could be caused by a messed up version of your OS installation. Try to get a spare hard drive and try a clean install of Windows to see if you can still replicate the freeze problem on a clean OS install.
Hope this helps,
I've been having similar problems, and nothing I have tried thus far has worked. A quick summary of what I've tried:
The only things I haven't tried are downgrading the BIOS (maybe the A11 revision is to blame?) or replacing the motherboard. Hesitant to do the former unless I'm sure it's worth the risk. The latter is just bloody expensive; it's $400 for a "refurbished" unit on eBay. At that price, I might as well put that money towards the price of a new laptop! (The conspiracy theorist in me suspects that that's intentional. Much better for Dell if their customers just buy new hardware--given that it's also a Dell system--instead of bugging them about their old stuff, no?)
Anybody know anything else I can try? I'm fairly close to scuttling this thing for parts, selling whatever works on eBay, then buying myself a new machine (NOT a Dell). I'd love to get this thing working properly, if at all possible.
Almost forgot to mention: I also sent an email to Dell technical support. Haven't received as much as an automated reply!
The machine's warranty ran out last June. No chance of a warranty repair here.
Hey....this is very interesting....I have certainly not tried a whole bunch of stuff that you did....
I have been this close to throwing the notebook out on the garbage day. Now I never turn it off...unless I have to take it to somewhere where I absolutely have to turn it off.
I ll just buy a new NON-DELL in next few months.