Question about Dell Latitude D600 Notebook
My laptor refuse to come each time i try to restart it, but rather it blinks a greenlight with Esncription of a key for some seconds and then goes off.
Geekman, my hardrive only does this 50-75% of the time. It does turn on after fighting with it for 10 - 15 minutes. Usually the way i get it to turn on is when the hard drive does not turn on i smack the area in which the hard drive is located, or i will spin the computer to get the momentum to get the hard drive spinning. Once on, it will run all day with no problems. I have a new hard drive for it, but i don't have a reinstall disk for xp as i bought the laptop used.
Posted on Nov 19, 2008
The Key symbol at the top left hand corner of the screen means that the laptop is protected with a password, you need the password to start the computer, if you got it second hand ask the person you got it from for the password..
Depending upon the brand of the laptop, the password can be stored in the BIOS, this password can be removed if the BIOS battery is removed, wait fot approx. 1 hour, insert the battery and configure the BIOS setting and the laptop is functional again.
If the password is stored in an EEPROM chip then your laptop is a piece of junk and the cost of a replacement motherboard would not be worth it (put your money towards a new laptop). If by luck you know of a knowledgeable hacker he/she may be able to help you out, it requires a bit of hardware and software to reprogram the EEPROM chip.
Your problem is simpler, basically you have a faulty hard drive, the clicking sound is proof.
You can replace the hard drive, install the operating system software on the new hard drive with all the drivers for your hardware devices and your programs etc.
Chances are you have lost your data on the hard drive (hope you have backed up your data).
If you manage to get your laptop running for a short time, then you may be lucky to save your data before it crashes again.
Posted on Nov 19, 2008
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