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I started a virus scan on my laptop as i left to go out. when i came home a few hours later, the laptop was switched off. i couldn't switch it back on because the hard drive was dead. i can only access the setup facility, which says no ide. restoration is on the hard drive which is dead - no disks and no joy from compaq in getting any. if i switch on the laptop, it say pxe-160 fault, and something about no cable, but being a laptop, doesn't have an ide cable.... huh???

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  • postbox Aug 13, 2008

    thanks for getting back to me so quickly!

    i've checked the connections and they are fine. the drive is making a regular clicking noise ever two or three seconds, but that is only since the dive. it didn't make it before i started the scan. any chance it's viral and not hardware?

  • postbox Aug 13, 2008

    thanks for the great advice -- your a life saver! lol


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seems like your hardrive is broken. one thing you can check is to remove the harddisk and check the IDE connectors and put it back it can be something loose. the other thing is to remove the plastic under the laptop so you see the HD and feel if the HD make any noice or vibrations when you start the computer.

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  • Filip Eastman Aug 13, 2008

    hi if the clicking noise is loud and clear then its a harddrive failure(printerhead in the disk) Im 98% secure its a hardware problem. solution is to change the harddrive and reinstall the OS.

    If you want something saved from the broken disk it not impossible. you need a ordinary PC and a good recovery program like ontrackrecovery or something like that to try recovery your information. or leave it to a professional computer service.
    good luck.


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