I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 laptop. It would not start Windows XP or Vista.
I did a diagnostic and it indicated that the hard drive had a problem.
I replaced the hard drive with a Hitachi SATA 320 GB.
I ran the diagnostics again and no problems were found. I ran the original Dell Drivers and Utilities DVD which set up the (3) partitions. I then tried to re-install Vista from the original CD.
It gets part way through the start up and then freezes at exactly the same place every time.
So, I tried to do the same with a Windows XP install disk and a Windows 7 disk.
They all froze before getting to any Windows screen.
- I updated the BIOS
- I tried default bios settings
- I tried changing the SATA operation from AHCI to ATA
- I tried UBCD which - runs most of the utilities fine but I'm not sure what to do with them.