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Ever since I dropped my laptop, the brand screen continually flashes, theres a slight noise inside but XP won't start up. I've tried all the reboots & clicked the options to start it from before there was a problem. I don't have the XP disc, is there anything I can do?
 
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Hiya Fancypants,remove the HDD cover from the underside of the laptop making sure the HDD is properly seated,remove then reseat,also look at RAM modules making sure they are securely seated
 

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Thank you very much. I'll try it once I've found the right screwdriver. Who has star shaped screwdrivers for everyday purpose, I ask ya? lol
 

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Hiya, I did as you said but unfortunately still the same. The brand logo just keeps flashing on, with the slight noise but alas no OS. Any other ideas??
 

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I dropped my laptop & now when I switch it on the screen comes on with the logo of the computer make. Then it makes a little noise & just reboots that screen over & over. Windows won't come on at all. I tried all the things on the start up menu or whatever its called. Even removed the hdd, ram & rom & placed them back in to make sure they were secure. But still the same thing happens. Any ideas what I can do? I don't have the XP installation disk.
 
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Yes. Look for laptop sales. You should be able to pick up a new one at a good price.

Good thing you had all your important files backed up, right?
 

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Erm, yeah....of course. Well technically its my old one but it was still a great laptop.
 
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Even a sharp blow will kill most hard drives. That is probably dead, but other components may be dead, too. Take the drive out and see if it even runs in another machine.
 
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You can try one of the live Linux distributions and see if it will boot and run.(provided your optical drive wasnt damaged.) If it will then you`re pretty well assured that the rest of the hardware is ok and it just damaged the HD. You might also be able to copy your data off and salvage it if Linux will run. Most all the mainstream distros now have NTFS read write support. There are several small, lightweight distros that will work ok. PUPPY LINUX is one of my favorites , you can find it and most othere here. Download the .ISO file and burn it to cd as a disk image to make it bootable. Nero, ImgBurn, or most any good burning program can do this.
 

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I have merged both of your topics together

stay in this one & don't make new topics for the dsame problem please as it confuses the issue and makes it diificult to help you
 

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You can try one of the live Linux distributions and see if it will boot and run.(provided your optical drive wasnt damaged.) If it will then you`re pretty well assured that the rest of the hardware is ok and it just damaged the HD. You might also be able to copy your data off and salvage it if Linux will run. Most all the mainstream distros now have NTFS read write support. There are several small, lightweight distros that will work ok. PUPPY LINUX is one of my favorites , you can find it and most othere here. Download the .ISO file and burn it to cd as a disk image to make it bootable. Nero, ImgBurn, or most any good burning program can do this.
Thank you soooo much. It boots from the cd. Now I've gotta get my head around the whole Linux system lol. I'm a windows girl. It can't be that difficult can it? lol
 
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Thank you soooo much. It boots from the cd. Now I've gotta get my head around the whole Linux system lol. I'm a windows girl. It can't be that difficult can it? lol
No, it`s not that difficult. Linux is alot more user friendly than it used to be.

Which distribution did you get? There is a forum section devoted to Linux here, and you can get most questions you might have answered there. Each distribution usually has a forum devoted to is also.

Before you do much else, i would try to salvage your data from the HD. Let us know which Linux you have and someone can help you try to recover your data. It`s possible that some windows system files are just damaged keeping it from booting if it was running when dropped.Keep your fingers crossed but dont get your hopes up, as already mentioned this is sometimes fatal to a HD. BUT, if Linux can mount it and read it, it may be fixable.
 

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No, it`s not that difficult. Linux is alot more user friendly than it used to be.

Which distribution did you get? There is a forum section devoted to Linux here, and you can get most questions you might have answered there. Each distribution usually has a forum devoted to is also.

Before you do much else, i would try to salvage your data from the HD. Let us know which Linux you have and someone can help you try to recover your data. It`s possible that some windows system files are just damaged keeping it from booting if it was running when dropped.Keep your fingers crossed but dont get your hopes up, as already mentioned this is sometimes fatal to a HD. BUT, if Linux can mount it and read it, it may be fixable.
It's Linux Puppy 5. So are you saying the HD may not be knackered but its possible its just some files? And if so, it might be possible to fix them & then it'll all work? Obviously I'm not pinning all my hopes on this but we'll see I guess.
 
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It's Linux Puppy 5. So are you saying the HD may not be knackered but its possible its just some files? And if so, it might be possible to fix them & then it'll all work? Obviously I'm not pinning all my hopes on this but we'll see I guess.
There is a possibility that it`s salvageable. First, once you get Puppy booted to the desktop, does it see your HD? If it does you will see icons in the bottom left hand corner labeled: SDA1, SDA2...ect for your hard drives or partitions. Optical drives will be SR0, flash drives sdb1...ect. Click on your HD and see if it will mount/open, see if you can access your files. If so , you can copy them to flash or cd/dvd to save them. Puppy runs in ram , so once it`s booted you can remove the disk to free up your optical drive for recovery. Make sure you unmount any mounted partitions before shutting down. Do this by right clicking the icon(which now has a green dot) and unmount it from the menu. Although i`ve accidentally shutdown w/o unmounting a drive with no data loss, it is possible. If Puppy wont read the drive, it is probably toast.
 
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