Can I revive a Dell after Fdisk?

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NT_eyeball

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Hey all,
Great site!
My lad was given a DELL Optiplex GXI 5166l....he had it 1 day....lol
He and his older sister managed to Fdisk the thing.
No discs accompanied the puter....and does not boot on Floppy (win98) or CD (win98se)
It did have win95 on it and was working fine.

I cannot access the cmos settings by DEL,F1,F2 to chk settings.
Is this one of them software specific systems like the compac?

Is there life here......or the bin.
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NT_eyeball

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Sorry.....forgot to mention the ONLY info I have....upon bootup.
S3 TrioV+ Enhanced Video Bios version 1.03-02

Missing Operating System.
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If you can't boot to a floppy disk or a CD, it makes a difficult task even more difficult. If that is the case, you can try taking out the hard drive and putting it in anther computer. Then try running 3rd party recovery tools to see what might be able to restore. Typically it is very iffy though to get your entire hard drive back to working order with so many things going against you.
 

NT_eyeball

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Hey Bob,
I'm more a software guy, not into the "sparky" bits....can install a drive tho.
So if it wont read or recognise an original windows disc in A: or D: then she's rubbish??
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On Dells, I'm pretty sure it's F6 or F8 for the BIOS. I can check tommorrow at school since we have dells.

I would have thought that you could redo the volume in the Windows setup.

Maybe making a boot disk would help. www.bootdisk.com is where you can find some.
 
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