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    dell inspiron 2650 won't boot up. says error loading operating system. can someone please help me?

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    Seems like a HDD issue

    The Dell Diagnostics includes a test of the hard drive which will work with any hard drive they send out. If your system includes the onboard diags (accessable via the F12 boot menu when you first power on) you can run them from there. If you don't have that option, or if the diags partition has been removed from the hard drive, you can also run them by booting from the Dell Inspiron Resource CD or by downloading them from the Dell support website

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    As posted by abseh1: Seems like a HDD issue
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    Actually, this sounds more like a corrupted boot sector which, if it is, can be fixed. Do you have an original Microsoft installation disk available? Or could you borrow one? If so, it's possible to rebuild the boot sector and get access to your system.

    First, check whether the hard drive is detected in BIOS. When you see the Dell logo, keep tapping the F2 key. That'll open the BIOS screen. Using the up/down/left/right arrows on your keyboard, together with the Enter and Esc keys, navigate to Standard CMOS Settings which should show a hard drive. If it does, press Esc and select Advanced BIOS Features. Look for First Boot Device and open it by pressing Enter. See if the HD is listed there. If it isn't already, make it the first device. Pressing F10 will exit the BIOS. Be sure to confirm saving any changes.

    Let us know. Some idea of what version of Windows you have would help too.