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Re: Start up problems
Make sure you have no disks in the floppy if you have one. otherwise this failure means what it says, the hard drive or the computer interface to the hard drive is failed. the controller is really on the hard drive but they share some duty. even so the hard drive should spin up , do you hear that? remove and re-seat the hard drive if you can. if it doesn't spin up borrow a working junk drive and see if the error is still present. If you put yours or someone else drive in another machine don't boot it all the way as windows will crash. once you see the windows logo shutdown.
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This error message could be caused by the laptop not detecting the hard drive. Check the BIOS to see if it detects the hard disk If not the hard disk may be faulty or needs reseating. If the hard disk is faulty it needs to be replaced and Windows installed on the new hard disk. A virus program may have infected the computer and removed or changed some system files - in this case Windows needs to be repaired OR Windows re-installed - this is the best option.
Well i can say that your nephew is correct.
I should open it up and just look for lose cables.
Usally the screws are easy enough to spot.
make sure that you are grounded when you open it up, for example touch a element before you start working, dont touch your hair etc.
Hopefully its just a cables or else the hardware has gone broken.
Turn it all the off. Then pull the hard drive out and put it back in again. Now, put your system disk (Win XP?) into the drive and turn the laptop on. It should do something else now. I have had this happen on several laptops I have rebuilt and it takes patience to get them started sometimes.... I have managed to load XP onto all of them eventually!
most of the time that problem is from your hard drive... some there is a bad sector or cluster soon it will not function...!! better replace your hardrive or try to reformat your hard drive ..... this are the best thing you do..
Your best bet in this case is to use a Live CD of a Linux distribution, like Ubuntu, that you can download from Ubuntu.com. You put the CD in your drive and boot your computer from it and it gives you unfettered access to most peripherals connected to your computer. This should circumvent any kind of password prompt you're getting and, unless the drive is encrypted, you should be able to access your data.