I have my Dell Latitude X200 sitting here. It worked fine the other day, but when I tried to boot it up today, I hit the power button, lights flash like normal, and that's it. All I hear is the HD doing a repetitive clicking noise, but there is no screen that comes up at all. No matter how many times I try, docked, undocked, powercord plugged in and unplugged, I get the same result.
If it means me HD is dead, do I have to disassemble the entire thing to get at it?
Thanks in advance, it really is appreciated.
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Re: not booting up, HD clicks
You have what is called the "click of death". Your hard drive has failed and it's almost impossible to repair the drive to a working condition again.
The drive should be located on the underbelly of the laptop. You'll need a small philips head screwdriver to remove the faceplate that holds it in. Once removed you can simply purchase a replacement drive and then reload windows from either the recovery disc that came with the system or regular windows disc.
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If by wont start up you mean the screen shows nothing and their are no errors you the motherboard on it is probably damaged beyond repair, and the laptop will need to be replaced. However, if you have an error about boot devices you may wish to look at this tip
THAT'S BECAUSE IT WAS CONFIGURED FOR THE LAPTOP IT WAS INSTALLED FROM.
IF YOU CAN FIGURE A WAY TO GET THE "NO CD" COMPUTER TO READ AS A MASS STORAGE DEVICE YOU MIGHT POSSIBLY GET IT THAT WAY. OR USE AN EXTERNAL CD/DVD DRIVE. GOOD LUCK
If you have the original Dell install disc then boot from it and from the first options screen select Install Windows (NOT R). After pressing F8 when requested the SECOND options sceen appears. Select the REPAIR option if offered. Let this run and see if it repairs the problem
If that fails then try pressing F8 on boot until the boot option screen comes up and then select safe mode. Follow this though until you are given the option of using system restore instead of safe mode. take that option by clicking on the NO button. Restore the machine to a date some time a few days previous to the fault developing.
If that fails then put in any OS disc and boot from it. select R at the FIRST options screen, follow it through and then select the C drive option. Just hit enter when asked for admin password.
now type chkdsk /r (copy and paste this to be sure). let it run and then reboot and see what happens
for no boot issues, you can try accessing windows advanced boot options by hitting F8 as soon as you see the dell splash screen. try to boot to safe mode or last known good configuration. if it doesn't work, last resort is to reformat the computer.
Well I had the same problem with my Dell Latitude D600. I tried many batteries, fully charged, partially charged and even i tried scenarios with AC Power On or Off. Nothing really seemed to work as my laptop was both hot and cold. I noticed this problem was coming specially when laptop is cold.
The Solution is found is, when i have this problem, i press the power button and then move the rotate the laptop, so that its screen touches the desk and keybord is upright verticle, i know it sounds ODD, but it really made my life so easier as now this problem doesnt haunt me. and it will boot on first, second or third go.
Normal Laptop Condition with keybord down and LCD Open
You need to move the laptop in one of the following if it is having boot problem again
keybrd \ / lcd
or put the lcd down flat while keeping the keyboard in the same position as above.
I m sorry the above illustrations are pretty rough but hope u understand what i mean :)
unmountable boot volume means that either your system is corrupted, your boot.ini is damaged, or your boot sector is corrupt. Try this:
"You can boot to the XP cd and when you see the Welcome to setup press the letter R You will get a dos prompt Then type "chkdsk /p" without the quotes and hit enter When that is done type "fixboot" and hit enter "Y" and enter at the prompt Then type "exit" and hit enter The system will now reboot into Windows"
This sounds like a dead hard drive. Still, you may want to try:
1. Enter your CMOS/BIOS and verify that your laptop can detect the hard drive. Further check if it is configured to boot first from the HD;
2. Slip in your XP or Recovery CD and boot from that. It may be that the boot section/files of your HD got messed up. When prompted, instruct the CD to repair;
3. Remove your laptop's HD and connect it to a 2nd PC as an external/removable drive using a 2.5 enclusore with USB attachment. Thereafter proceed to diagnose, check and hopefully recover your important files;
4. If confirmed of a defective HD, replace and reinstall your OS.
Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turned up or should you need further information.
Good luck and kind regards.