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The boot disc is one that might be supplied with a computer or one you made yourself that could be capable of rescuing the system if any serious software bugs or glitches prevent the system booting up naturally. The boot disc is a sort of kick-starter for when the electric start is broken.
Years ago before the advent of the hard drive the boot disc was what was loaded to make the machine work, before any other programmes could be used.
try taking out the battery from the back of the laptop, wait a few seconds and then connect the laptop to power through the ac adapter. Now try to boot back up the laptop. If that works, pop back in the battery and you're good to go again.
If not, there might be some serious problems with the hardware.
You may be able to put the system back to factory condition by a combination of keystrokes at boot time. Acer, for example uses alt + F10 key at boot time to trigger a factory restore. Contact Lenovo, as there may be a way to do this with your laptop. If not, download Linux and install it. Seriously. It's free and works very well.
Have you tried putting your video-card into another socket(if possible), or just plugging it out and back? If you have, you might have some more serious problems with your hardware. It would be satisfying if you could hear the winchester booting up windows (and seeing the HDD led flashing while the OS starts). That way you'd know that there are no serious problems with the motherboard, and the source of the problem is the video card. Otherwise, if you see no sign of serious winchester activity that could men that your motherboard is dead. If you are lucky, replacing the ram modules will call your machine back to life.
Unplug your laptop and then remove the battery. Replace the battery and start it up. IT should now be reset and work. If it still does not work you have a more serious issue which will require a technician.
Is this a trick question? Or are you serious? You reboot by shuting it off and turning it back on. or using the ctrl,alt, and delete buttons at the same time. You can try this too. Using the F8 Method
Restart your computer.
When the computer starts you will see your computer's hardware being listed. When you see this information start to gently tap the F8 key repeatedly until you are presented with the Windows Vista Advanced Boot Options.
Select the Safe Mode option using the arrow keys.
Then press the enter key on your keyboard to boot into Vista Safe Mode.
When Windows starts you will be at a typical logon screen. Logon to your computer and Vista will enter Safe mode.
Do whatever tasks you require, and when you are done, reboot to go back into normal mode.
The issue you are having is that your computer is not seeing the harddrive or the boot drive. This could be a simple fix from the bios by telling the computer what device it needs to boot from which in this case is your hard drive.
You say that it did work and it was working how long ago was that? It also could be more serious in which you hard drive has crashed or exceeded its MTBF (which means "mean time before failure").