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Blue screen unmountable boot volume error, I have tried to reboot with the CD windows XP and the F-12 and F-2 no success. I have tried to reboot in safe mode last configuration still no success.

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Sounds like a bad hard drive. You can try using a live linux cd like Knoppix or Ubuntu

Ubuntu is easier for most.

That way you'll know whether it's the hard drive or another issue with the laptop.


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