Dell 4300 Desktop Won’t Finish Booting Up – How to fix it?

Does your Dell 4300 desktop doesn’t end up booting? The screen gets struck in the initial startup screen and won’t allow you to access the computer. The probable reason behind this may be the hardware failure. The Dell Dimension 4300 is a desktop computer powered by an Intel Pentium 4 processor, 128 MB of RAM and a 20 GB hard drive. The hardware failure can prevent a computer from booting to the operating system. Before replacing or fixing the inner hardware try to figure out the minor issues related to it. Disk errors related to the BIOS configuration, or a faulty master boot record (MBR), can both prevent a Dell Dimension 4300 from booting to the computer. Fortunately, both errors require little effort to fix. Follow the tutorial to fix the error.

Dell 4300 desktop

Follow the guidelines given below to fix the minor issue which prevents the Dell 4300 desktop computer windows from booting.

Insert Bootable Media Error

  • If the screen is hanged on the startup screen then hold down the power button for 15 seconds to turn off the computer. Again, press the power button to turn the computer back on. Press “F2″ immediately when the Dell logo appears onscreen.
  • Use the directional pad to highlight “Boot Sequence.” Press enter to bring up the “Boot Sequence” menu.
  • Highlight “Internal HDD.” Press the “U” key until “Internal HDD” is at the top of the menu. Press “Enter.”
  • Remove any discs contained in your CD drive. Press the “Esc” key to exit from the BIOS. Press “Y” or highlight “Yes” to save your settings.

Operating System Not Found Error

  • Power on the computer. Press “F2″ at the Dell logo screen to open the BIOS setup menu.
  • Use the directional pad to highlight “Primary Drive 0.” If the BIOS do not display the hard disk,
    confirm the setting is set to “Auto.” If necessary, confirm the connections to the hard drive and on the motherboard are secure. Press “Esc” to exit from the BIOS and save your settings.
  • Insert the CD labeled “Operating System” into the disc drive. Restart your Dell 4300. Press “F12″ when the Dell logo screen appears.
  • Use the directional pad to select “CD-ROM.” Press “Enter.” Press “R” on the “Welcome to Setup” screen to access the Recovery Console.
  • Press “1″ to access your installation of Windows XP. Enter your administrator password into the prompt and press “Enter.” If you do not have a password assigned to the administrator account, press “Enter” to bypass the request.
  • Type fixmbr into the Recovery Console. Press “Enter.” Wait for the Recovery Console to rebuild the master boot record. Type fixboot into the command prompt, then press “Enter.”
  • Type “exit,” then press “Enter” to quit the Recovery Console. Remove the Windows XP CD from your disc drive and attempt to boot to Windows as normal.

If the error persists even after trying the entire method mentioned above then it’s clear that it is a hardware problem that may be the failure of the hard drive or optical drive or memory. Try booting to your Windows disk to bypass the hard drive. If you have the Drivers and Utility disk you can try running the Dell Diagnostics to test the hardware. It might be time to replace the old 4300 instead of spending much trying to fix it.


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