Re: dropped laptop acting .... a bit odd.
- From: pjstock@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 14:14:31 -0800 (PST)
as it happened I had a Ubuntu LInux 7.1 CD on hand (my brother had
installed it on his PC and highly recommended I do the same)
Popped it in and it booted up brilliantly (from CD).
wasn't sure the best way then to verify the state of the HDD, but when
I tried to browse around what looked like the HDD, it came back saying
"could not mount device"
when I tried to save a text file to the hard drive, it also failed to
access the C: drive.
sounds like the HDD is messed up??
On Jan 21, 11:36 am, "A Dembinski" <ar...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Live Linux CD's are practically no-brainers. Download, burn, & use to boot
your machine. You might have to learn a few Linux commands to do as I
suggested, but I think overall the learning curve for a Live CD is not as
tall & doesn't take as long as setting up a BartPE system. The point of my
original post was getting an OS quickly & cheaply to boot your machine &
test the included hardware without needing an operational HDD."BillW50" <Bill...@xxxxxxx> wrote in message
A Dembinski typed on Sun, 20 Jan 2008 04:32:09 GMT:
Quickest diagnostic I can think of is to attempt to boot the
laptop using a Live Linux CD. This assumes the laptop is able to
boot from a CDROM before it attempts to boot from the HDD. Go here
for a list:http://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php
These CD's do not need a functioning HDD in order to bring up the
machine. The Knoppix CD will also drive most common Ethernet & WiFi
adaptors if the laptop is not a real recent vintage. That's the one
I use. A Live Linux CD is a basic tool for any laptop owner, very
helpful for a variety of problems. Everyone should have one right
at hand. Friends who ask me for help with their laptops always get
a copy for them to keep on file, saves me looking for mine at their
house. Assuming the Live CD will work her machine & all its
optional parts, then the HDD is most likely at fault. I suppose the
hardware to the HDD could also be damaged, I don't think that's as
Or use a real OS like BartPE on CD or DVD. Why use Linux if you don't have
too? Remember you get what you paid for. :)
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