My Dell Studio Laptop running Windows Vista crashed with a BSOD error (Blue Screen Stop) Error. I Ran Diagnositcs and found a bad spot on the HD. Tried to run chkdsk /f but it would not run while in GUI mode under Advanced Recovery Options.
I also tried to Restore Factory Image under Advanced (F8 while booting) and that got halfway thorugh then reported a simple "Red X' Windows style error with no info on the error (during the reformat process).
Now, I can't boot to the F8 menu to try and rebuild \ restore. I can only boot to the Blue Screen Stop error and run F2-Bios Setup and F12-Boot Options including Diags.
Diagnositics show an Error 0146-"Log contains listing of previous errors".
I don't have a Dell CD that should have came with the Laptop - it's only a year old.
And to top things off, my Warranty expired 8 days ago!
Does anyone know where I can download an Install Image for Dell Laptops?
A CD or Flash "Vista Boot" disk or ANYTHING to try and repair this machine??
ANY help would be appreciated - before I thown this thing out the window of a moving car! LOL