Inspiron 530 wont boot past BIOS screen

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Inspiron 530 wont boot past BIOS screen

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Hi all,

I have a 6 month old Inspiron 530 running Vista, it now will not boot past the BIOS screen. When i F2 or F12 it the 'load BIOS settings' and 'load boot menu' message runs but nothing actually happens. HELP!!!

Dan

 

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  • Hello,

    You can start by looking through this page and telling us what you find.

    Also, if you are still under warranty, give Dell spport a call.

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  • Darn forum problems ... It kept telling me the first reply did not go through.

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  • Hay try pluging out the power cable to the tower and then press and hold the power button for bout 20 sec and then connect the power cable again and try turning on the computer....

  • hay try to drain the residual power from the motherboard u can du it by removing the power cable and pressing the power button on the tower for bout 20 sec and then plug back the power cable and try turning it on i'm sure u will be able to get to the F2 or the F12 screen . . .

  • I'm in the same boat--brand new Dell 530s, but it takes forever to load, about 10-20 minutes. And during bootup I'll get abrief error message that says "AHCI driver not installed".

  • hi thare i have just baught a new inspiron 530s and am having the same problem it is running windows vista and has only been used for a matter of a few hours did taking the power lead out and holding the button in for twenty seconds work for you? thanks

     

    bryan

  • hi all i have another solution for you if you have any memory sticks in the slots in the front of your machine then take them out before starting your machine hope this helps it certainly worked for me

     

    thanks, bryan

  • did you ever find a solution to fix this? i have the same problem.  *sigh*

  • Similarly I have a Dell Inspiron 530 (with Vista Home Premium), and it has been getting the "Diskette Drive 0 Seek Failure". I believe I know how to fix this but it has been fine up until this point. It'd just require me to press some button to continue. Eventually after installing Windows updates one day, it required me to press F12 at start-up (F2 for BIOS, F12 to Load Boot Settings). This worked for quite some time. Now, the USB keyboard will not get powered up on start up nor will the mouse. The lights on the keyboard don't flash but all the USB ports provide power, and the keyboard/mouse works on my other computers. So I can't press F2/F12 to load the boot settings and finally fix the suspected problems (BIOS 1.0.15 is out of date and I need to boot from hard drive first and disable FDC to remove the drive seek problem). But  I am unable to press any key and in quite the prediacament.. Any help would be appreciated.

    I thoroughly googled this, and was unable to find any advice for my predicament (except drain residuals and restart, unplug everything and restart [presumably to wait for it to boot, but it won't], and that sort of thing).

  • Elienvisible,

    Your only recourse is to have Dell replace the motherboard while under warranty.

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  • Hi Dan, did you figure out what happened and how to fix it. I can't tell from the posts. I am having exactly the same problem. THe Dell screen comes up, and 1 beep is emitted and then it justs sits there. If you hit F2 or F12, the screen says "entering setup", etc. but it doesn't. It will boot up if I continue to power cycle a few dozen times, except today, it still won't. I'd appreciate it if I could get some help

    thanks

    mark

  • Hi I too got stuck on the bios page with Inspiron 530 and Vista.  Eventually I started up the computer with F8  pressed down continually until a got a menu of choices eg start in safe mode etc. and clicked on 'last working ...) To my amazement is opened windows Vista.

    Brendan

  • Hello,

      I'm currently working on my sister-in-laws' Inspiron 530S. When I try to boot it, it stays on the Dell Boot screen. It wont let me do nothing else but that. Turns on and off, Hear the fans go, hear a beep, lights comes on, and thats about it.

    I've tried what people have posted on this site. Unplugging the HD and DVD-Rom, USB drives, pop the battery out and unplug the tower, using the OS disc. None of that works. Now the lights on the mouse and keyboard doesn't like up. Any suggestions, or is the Bios pretty much gone on this thing?

    Thank you,

      -John

  • I have built, and repaired computers for over 20 years.   I admit that each computer has it's own issues.   My Inspiron 530, running Windows 7, was doing the same thing.   The first fix I found was the manual disconnect of the AC power cord for a few seconds.   This works every time, but does not cure the problem.  

    I believe the root of the problem is the internal TEAC multi-card reader.   Looking at others posts the card reader has many issues such as disappearing from windows explorer, and often not recognizing cards.

    My solution is disconnect the internal card reader from the motherboard, and get an external one.

  • I have Dell Inspiron 530 window Vista Home Premium.   It will not boot into Window VistA.  I went to my BIOS and looked at SYSTEM INFO and the information is all jumble (or unreadable).   I tried to flash the BIOS from DOS but could not.