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gets to the screen that says
windows experienced a problem
safe mode, with networking, normally
won't start in any mode, gets to the standard windows logo with the bar underneath and then just restarts.
tried booting from cd to repair and it says it can't find a hard drive, drive is spinning, not making any strange noises, could have failed.
it's a SATA drive and it had some trouble when it was built with detecting it so I wonder if it nuked the SCSI controller, might be an avenue to try.
any other ideas?
I try to disable all non essentials. Leave one optical drive for your Windoze CD and unplug the rest. Remove NIC, modem, soundcard. Unplug externals like printers, router.
Hit DEL, go into BIOS and make sure SATA is enabled (or the drive will spin but not even Linux will find it). If there is an option for SATA RAID you may want to disable it (unless you have a RAID setup).
Then try booting from your CD again.
No funny sounds (so likely HDD not damaged
SATA HDD - So likely not being picked up by CD boot
Methinks that if you can get the repair running you'll be able to boot into safe mode to fiddle with startup programs/services etc.
the daughter asking me constantly 'no works, no works'
I love them both but I decided to give up and take it to the shop (their 1 to 2 days may be quicker than me working with all these distractions ;))
we'll see what they say and what I'll have to do from there
was going to up to 2 GB soon, guess this is as a good a time as any
guess I should figure out how to keep whatever is on there, with moving I have been a little lax in my backups. Shouldn't be too big a deal
a nice clean install option like on a mac would be sweet, lose nothing but your prefs
However, if it's a drive issue then I've found bakedjake's suggestion to try out SpinRite a good one. It can take a while to run, but it's recovered a few drives for me.
finally got the drivers, my Dad kept this old imation superdrive that I found this morning and hooked that into the old laptop and put my drivers on it
now I have to figure out how to work with the recovery console
My Dad is pretty elated that I used his old drive, validates his reason for keeping it ;)