[access-uk] Re: laptop still dead from weeks ago

Hi

I can set the cdrom as the first option, during the boot up sequence, but still doesn't do anything. When the pc is turned on, the cd spins for a few seconds, then stops. I've tried booting from a floppy, then typed setup but just says, bad command or file name.

Is there something I need to do to the hard drive before xp can start to be loaded on to it?

I'm really annoyed with the whole thing, as I only bought it a few weeks ago, off another list.


----- Original Message ----- From: "George Bell" <george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2008 12:44 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: laptop still dead from weeks ago


Hi Terry,

What is the exact make and model of the laptop?

Do you have a "Recovery CD" or CDs for it?

(That said, I've recently had a similar problem with my
Toshiba which it appears is due to failed memory. And like
you, I was able to see the laptop's hard drive perfectly OK
on my desktop system.)

However, you should be able to set the BIOS to boot from the
CD, and then either boot up with the Recovery CD or an
Operating System CD and go from there.  If that fails, it's
a most likely hardware problem of some sort.

George.

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of terry
Sent: 13 April 2008 12:10
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] laptop still dead from weeks ago

hi all

This all started with the laptop crashing.

I eventually was able to reformat the hard drive, by putting
it in a caddy,
and using my other pc to carry this out.

The hard drive is listed in the bios, but isn't seen when
booting the laptop
up using a floppy disk.  i.e. after it boots up, and I type,
c: it goes to
c:, but it is in fact reading the cdrom.  it will only let
me access a: and
c:, which as I said, is actually the cdrom.

I've looked in the bios, and there isn't anything obvious to
say that it is
disabled.

The hard drive is working, as I can see it in my computer,
when I connect it
to another pc.

When I try to boot the laptop up using a xp home edition cd,
again nothing
happens, because I guess it hasn't got anything to load on
to.

Any ideas has to what I need to do?

Thanks for any help.

Terry

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