The “System has failed to Nobulate” is apparently a Dell error message which occurs when a system ships with Vista without a service pack and is then subsequently upgraded to SP1, THEN someone attempts to use the Dell factory restore utility on the system. It only occurs with a limited subset of Dell systems because of a firmware error. This remains the strangest error I’ve ever run across, but turned out to be relatively easy to fix. Performing a Windows Repair with the original Vista version fixes it right up.
Source of Information
Also see this page for another solution in the last post.
Turned off computer
Turned on computer and started in safe mode by tapping F8 as soon as the blue Dell logo appeared
This started it in safe mode
Then did a System Restore
Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->System Restore
The System Restore did its thing and it works fine again.
My Dell source got back to me today, there is no official Dell Document on this issue, but here is what they said.
System shipped with no service pack originally installed (pre- SP version of Vista), and user attempts to use factory restore option AFTER having upgraded to SP1.
Or it’s just simply a bad factory image loaded hard drive (I’m talking about the pre-imaged replacement drives tech support ships when one crashes.)
Only 3 options to fix it.
Clean OS reinstall.
Another factory imaged drive replacement, which is covered under warranty if the hard drive in question was a previous imaged drive replacement, or if they are still under warranty.
In the case of restoring to factory image after SP1 upgrade, booting to the Vista disc to run an OS repair.