My toughbook has shut down. It says something about a hard error. The hard drive sounds like it is making a wierd noise. The screen turns on, but i am unable to get it to boot, even in Safe Mode.
i tried swapping the hard drive with another toughbook and it does the same thing. I'm guessing that the hard drive itself is somehow damaged or the connection from the hard drive to the computer is failing.
Any help on how to recover the info on the hard drive would be helpful.
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This laptop has a SATA hard drive. The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.The FIX.Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
Two possible issues one bad hard drive or cooling fan. Odds are its the hard drive. go and download Hirens or DBan software so that you can test any hard drive. I insert the software boot it first then do a full inspection. If you get a error message that states like this, "No drives found in order to continue" odds are the drive is bad. Also usually if you boot it sounds like grinding or groaning noise it would be the hard drive. Especially if your shut down at the boot or it keeps recycling.
clicking noise is most likey your hard drive failing. if you remove the hard drive ibet the computer will boot to a black screen with some writing but wont shut off. quick way to tell if its the hard drive. which is what is sounds like
i repair laptop every day and i have never seen and inverter board shut down the computer.in less it was total shorted. it sounds more like the fall my have damaged the hard drive. if a the drive wont spin it will cause the laptop to power down cause the little motor will over heat in a matter of seconds.if the laptop was on when it fell then its more than lickly the drive.
I was able to fix this problem by reseating the componets inside (CPU & RAM) and resetting CMOS (pulled the batt for 10 sec.)
I had the same problem. Remove HD and Batt. Pop the cover over the speakers & power button off. Slide the keyboard up and out, fold over out of the way. Pull the connector from the cmos battery for 10 sec then plug back in (2 wire conn next to speaker wire connector. Unscrew the heatsink on the cpu, remove. Wipe the thermal compound off. Flip the latch down and lift the CPU slightly out of socket, put it back in socket and lock retain latch. Apply new thermal compound install heatsink. Put back together, boot up. You will get an error the first time because the bios has been changed. You can hit F2 for setup to change time and date, save changes exit.
When you say "shuts down" do you get a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) or does it just shut down without an error message?
It definitely sounds like overheating.
Try using a laptop cooler, something like this:
(I'm not saying you should buy that model necessarily, there are many such coolers).
They can make a huge difference.