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Yes, you can make USB boot drive. However main problem is the Smart... error. It is your hard drive. You need to fix that first! Try reseating the drive. Next go into BIOS by pressing F key during boot. Might be F2? Make sure BIOS recognizes the hard drive.
1. remove the drive and re-install a couple of times to ensure it was not the connector.
If it boots up ok you are fine.
2. remove the disk and install it in a suitable 2.5" usb enclosure and connect it to another PC to one of its usb 2.0 ports (not usb 1.0)
If you can read the drive then in windows explorer or my computer select the drive and RIGHT click on it.
Select properties then tools
Now select error checking and tick the two top boxes
Let it do what ir needs, you have just told it to try and fix as many errors as it can.
When it is done put it back in the laptop.
3. If the laptop still fail to boot then it may require repairs that can be expensive
If however you had problems at 2. above then your hard drive has failed.
This is not as bad as it sounds as laptop hard drives are quite cheap at the moment and you can install a larger one.
Your only concern is to provide an operating system.
My choice would be XP PRO or HOME rather than vista
you cant able to the vista sound to xp the driver the company will give you only vista driver cd so get the sound drive for xp - download more than 3 diffrent sound driver for your pci slot realtec audio from internet and install it and it may works.
Try rebooting and hitting the F8 repeatedly as soon as the boot sequence starts. When it comes up to an options screen select repair. From there you can let windows try to repair or select to install to the factory settings.
This is going to be either a bad disc or a bad hard drive. Do a hard drive test in the bios, if any part of it fails, then you will need to replace the hard drive. If the hard drive passes, then try a different operating system disc.
This is generally an indication that the DVD end of the drive is going out. First try a different or updated DVD decoding software. It could just be a simple glitch with the software, or that the software is outdated.