Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook ?

Loading PBR for descriptor 2...done

\015 The problem occured after I tried to image restore to factory settings by\015\012ctrl+f11, the restore seemed to be working it was like loading with the % done and stuff so I went out to watch tv and wait for it to complete, but when I came back it said "the system restore was NOT successful" do not manually shut down click here to reboot\015\012then after i reboot, the first screen with the huge dell and the loading bar, the next screen says: loading PBR for descriptor 2... done\015\012then it says "A disk read error occured" press ctrl alt del to restart\015\012then when i try to do ctrl+f11 again, this time it just skipped to saying the system restore was not successful without seeing the percentage bars and stuff\015\012\015\012and i do not have the xp recovery disk with me so i duno what to do for now\015\012\015

Answers :

Boot to the Diagnistics FN+POWER at boot, run hard drive diagnostics. The PBR Descriptor 2 message is part of the normal boot process (directing the boot loader to Primary Boot Recond 2, the C: Drive) but usually flashes on an off so fast most people never notice it. Since the boot process is not going past the re-direct it is indicative of a bad hdd (Since the re-image process crashed)\015\012
\015\012Most likely you are looking at a hard drive replacement.\015\012
\015\012Regardless you are going to need an XP CD (you'll have to reinstall windows or run recovery console at a minimum)
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