Ben589
Copper

Re: Dell Inspiron 5100 Blinking Orange Light + Boot Issues

I went home at lunch and checked a couple of things.

The BIOS version is: A06 and the HDD password is not frozen as it did say in the BIOS earlier - it now displays as clear or free ... one of those two.

I also tried a couple more times to reboot the notebook from the Windows XP disk that shipped with it from DELL and after the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, I can see where it's flashing very quickly "Setup is checking your system configuration information" or something like that very quickly - and then the screen goes blank and the whole thing freezes.

This notebook does not have a diskette drive, so I'm not sure how to boot from anything other than HD or CD since I don't have any form of network boot enabled.  I was hoping if there was some way I could possibly just  "sys" a CD ROM and put a copy of fdisk or something on it it might work, but I can't find any way to sys a CD.

I checked all over the BIOS for a way to reformat the hard drive and can't find one.

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