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  1. Thanks to all who have helped me. I should be good from here. I will post again if I need any further guidance.
  2. How would I go about removing the partition and preparing my computer for a clean install? Basically, how can I go about making sure NOTHING is on that HDD before I install Windows again?
  3. Good news! I was able to slave my problem HDD and transfer all of my important files to another location. I'm going to reformat the HDD and install Windows 7 on the blank HDD and hope that nothing from here goes wrong.
  4. I am away for the weekend and will resume work on the computer on Sunday or Monday. Thanks for all of the support thus far.
  5. Pedro, Your method sounds excellent. It's certainly the most efficient method, except for one problem; I'm not on a local network. The problem computer was hard wired to the internet, and there's not a router I could configure to the internet using the problem computer at this point I suspect. Firefox, If I cannot get AdvancedSetup's method to work then I will certainly go out and buy the handy looking piece of hardware. This isn't the first time I wished such a product was made and I guess wishes do come true as I had no clue this product existed. Advanced, It seems like I'm going to be doing a little operation with my computer in the next day or two. Just some clarifying questions as I like to think I'm pretty intelligent when it comes to this stuff, but nonetheless I have little experience gutting open hardware and I'd like to know exactly what I'm doing before I screw something up. First off, before I decide to pull the HDD out of the socket and find another computer to slave it to, do you think that running a program such as SpinRite would have any chance of remedying my probem? Secondly, I have an external USB HDD that had been hooked up to the failing computer. Is there a way to switch the external into a primary drive and then make the problem HDD the slave as demonstrated in the above tutorial? If so that would make my life a lot easier! Thanks for all of your help once again!
  6. Tried with Avira. Found a tutorial on their website and followed the directions. It found and renamed a few files but I'm still getting the same error message when I attempt to boot. Same result when trying to run in safe mode. I guess the next step is to reformat and install windows. Before I do that, an explanation of how I could slave the drive and backup any files I would want off of the drive would be much appreciated. Also, would I directly be able to install a copy of Windows 7 if I'm going to go through the trouble of reformatting my drive, or should I get XP on there and deal with Windows 7 another time? Thanks for all your help!
  7. Performed both FIXBOOT AND FIXMBR without success. Still can't even log onto Safe Mode. Original error message is still present.
  8. I ran chkdsk with the bootable XP CD which found no errors. I then ran chkdsk /p which did find one of more errors on the volume. Next I ran chkdsk /r in hopes of repairing the disc, however when I go to start my computer I'm still receiving the same error at startup.
  9. I ran a full battery of tests overnight with Dell's included software after hitting F12. I passed all tests with no errors. What is my course of action now with an XP CD?
  10. Yes, I will be able to have an XP CD by the morning. It's 9:31PM here.
  11. What about Ultimate Boot as you've mentioned earlier? Is it possible for me to download then burn this onto a CD and proceed with my task?
  12. Thanks for the prompt response. To my knowledge I do not have the recovery console installed. Would it typically come installed in a Dell bought computer? I am not able to boot in safe mode or in last known good. Unfortunately, I do not have a bootable XP cd nor do I have Ultimate Boot. I do have a second computer however; one that can burn a CD or DVD. Is there a link that I could download a boot CD onto and thus burn it onto a CD and insert it into the non working computer? My knowledge of Linux is extremely limited and I would advise against myself getting involved with it.
  13. Thanks, but frankly I'm not sure if I'm infected with a virus or I have an issue with a device driver. Additionally, before I go about partitioning my drive, I would like to attempt to back up any files on the HDD as well as upgrade from XP to Windows 7. I realize this is a bit of a complex problem with many variables, but any assistance that can be provided would be appreciated. Thanks once again.
  14. I went to boot my computer this morning and I have this boot error pop up. It identifies the problem as: STOP: 0x0000007B (0XBA4C3524, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000) I've tried booting in safe mode to no avail. I've ran a number of diagnostic tests on the boot partition however I pass all the tests. I'm thinking that my next step should be to run a bootdisk and perform chkdsk however I'd rather the advice from an expert as opposed to playing around with something like this. Any help would be greatly apprediated. Thanks in advance, Steve
  15. Error Code: 714(0,9) in Version 1.34 Any help would be appreciated. I have a niggling little spyware bot and I can't figure out the best course of action to get rid of it. Any help would be appreciated.
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