Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 1501 Notebook ?

Blue screen of death

\015 Hey all, I really need some help. Since this early afternoon, any time\015\012I start up my Dell Inspiron 1501 I get the blue screen of death with\015\012the error message "Unmountable Boot Volume." Using a different computer\015\012I've googled this and have come across a number of pages with a nice\015\012step by step to fix it. Like repairing installation of Win XP, but\015\012unfortunately, I am unable to load past the blue screen. I restart and\015\012try to start in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Set Mode with\015\012Command Prompt, Last Known good connection, and standard mode, all end\015\012at the blue screen of death. I've reset the BIOS defaults, but still nothing is working.\015\012I have no idea how to get beyond the blue screen to load with the Win XP disc. \015\012\015\012Any help or advice would be appreciated.\015\012\015\012Thanks,\015\012KT\015

Answers :

Taken from Microsoft themselves ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555302 )

SYMPTOMS
When booting up to Win XP you may get a error that reads "Unmountable Boot

CAUSE
1.The file system is damaged and cannot be mounted.

2.You use a standard 40-wire connector cable to connect the UDMA drive to the controller instead of the required 80-wire, 40-pin cable.

3.The basic input/output system (BIOS) settings are configured to force the faster UDMA modes.

RESOLUTION
If it be the connector cable problem then replace the 40-wire cable with an 80-wire UDMA cable.

If it's a BIOS settings problem then load the 'Fail-Safe' default settings, and then reactivate the most frequently used options such as USB Support.

If it's a damaged file system case then:-
1.Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.

Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.

2.When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

3.If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console.

4.When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

5.At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r , and then press ENTER.

6.At the command prompt, type exit , and then press ENTER to restart your computer.

This takes a bit longer, but the system should boot back into Windows.
Hi there
"Unmountable Boot Volume." means that the system 32 folder has become corrupt and probably you will have to recover the system.
If you have XP CD for a clean install, you have to change the boot order from within the bios (F2 on boot up) and tell it to boot from CD.
This will change the boot order and allow you to reinstall the OS.
Be warned that you WILL loose data if this is the only option open to you.

Good luck
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