Inspiron Duo Crashed Does not Boot Up

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Hello,



I recently bought an Inspiron Duo whihc has crashed and when it books up it has a dash bar that keeps blinking on the left. Based on inputs from someone on this forum, I did the following :

1. I created a flash boot drive, started the laptop, went to F12, changed the options and I am able to boot into DOS.

2. The problem is that my Windows 7 Bootable Files are in another hard disk and when I try plugging it in while the DOS USB is plugged in, I am unable to access the second USB drive.

3. Can anyone advise how can I fix this problem.

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Rohit

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Hi Rohit,

Please reply with a little more clarification on the issue. I would like to know if you are trying to install Windows using USB pen drive. If so, in your reply please include which version of Windows you want to install.

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Hi Zohaib,

I am installing Windows 7 Home Premium (which was the OEM installed version). I have a seagate 1 TB Freeagent Desk Drive in which I have copied the OEM Bootable version.

I have parallely made another USB bootable pen drive through which I am booting up. It boots up thereafter I am trying to identify the Freeagent Desk Drive and it does not recognize the same. I am thinking could it be a problem with the Free Agent Drive which is different than a portable drive or could be that there is another problem.

Many thanks in advance.
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Hi Rohit,

As your external Hard Drive is not bootable you cannot access it from the command prompt. The fastest and easiest way of making a bootable USB pen drive for installing Windows 7 is by using "Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool". You can download this tool from:

http://images2.store.microsoft.com/prod/clustera/framework/w7udt/1.0/en-us/Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe

You can find steps on how to make a bootable USB pen drive to install Windows 7 from here:

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2009/12/the-usb-flash-drive/

Please reply if you have any further questions.
Hi Zohaib,

I am able to commence the installation of Windows 7 but now hit a new road block. During installtion it asks for the drivers. I have copied a dump of all the drivers from Dell Site (for DUO) and when I plug it in, it says that the drivers are not suitable.

Is there a specific sequence of drivers that I need to download to finish the installation.

The error I get is that windows is missing some drivers and if you have a CD/DVD/Disk please insert it now, when I do it with all the drivers it doesnt get anywhere.

Many thanks for your assistance so far and hopefully with a little more help I will be able to get by.

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Hi Rohit,

If you are getting the below mentioned error:

"Load Driver ... A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now. ...Note: If the Windows installation media is in the CD/DVD drive, you can safely remove it for this step"

Check the below mentioned link for steps on how to fix this error:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2755139/a-media-driver-your-computer-needs-is-missing-or-a-required-cd-dvd-dri

Please reply if you have any further questions.