Averatec laptop dead, won't boot, period

Averatec 2300 series n2370hm1e-1 noteboo...
September 4, 2009 at 11:53:35
Specs: Windows XP, 1/2 GB
My several years old Averatec laptop (Windows XP) which I haven't used much the past few years totally died suddenly on it. The laptop was on when I was away, and when I came home, it had died, telling me to press any key to boot. Nothing works--no safe start, no debug start-up, etc. I can press F8 and get a few diagnostic screens, but nothing I set there helps. Also Del, as the Averatec start-up screen says to hit, gives me nothing that helps either. After the Windows start-up logo screen shows, a quick blue screen with about 1/2 page of text flashes on, but then quickly disappears.

First question: anyway to capture that fleeting screen? It does say something about the problem, but I can't read it in a micro-second.

Either F8 or the Del option as mentioned above does allow me to see three possible boot drives. All three, however, are in square brackets. Info. to the right says if the names are in parentheses (which I assume means square brackets here), the drives are not accessible.

I do not have the recovery CD at this location (if I can find one at all).

I'm resigned to the files on the computer being gone forever (it wasn't a major computer but I wanted it active for one specific use now since it's a low-energy using computer), but is there anyway I can restore some OS so I can run the one program I need on this computer? Anything free I can download, for example?

Or any suggestions on what else to try. I did ensure the memory chip is secure in its slot, and F10 (which brings up restore on at least some computers) doesn't do anything.

Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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September 4, 2009 at 12:06:43
If you want to recover the data, remove the hard drive and attemp to read it in another machine. Then try to fix this machine.

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September 4, 2009 at 12:08:08
hit the pause key to freeze the screen. That will allow you to read the message.

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September 4, 2009 at 13:02:43
Try the F4 key during the boot. I found a web page that said 'it' starts the recovery from the hidden partition.

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September 4, 2009 at 13:15:40
Thanks for the comments. First, though, Pause does nothing.
Believe me I've tried that and every other key and key combo

Second, F4 does nothing. I've tried that multiple times, have
changed just about every setting possible (then changed them
back again) via F8, etc.

That said, I did manage to get the blue screen to hang around
and the problem is what I thought: UNMOUNTABLE BOOT
VOLUME." The message then says to disable new HW and
SW as well as BIOS options such as caching and shadowing,
but since I can't get into anything, I can't do any of this (there
is no new HW or SW anyway). Safe mode, debug mode, etc.
do not work either.

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September 4, 2009 at 13:21:52
One bit more on F4. When I hold F4 down on start up, the
computer actually turns off (which is rather unusual, I'd say).
Since I now know the boot volume is shot, I'm betting the entire
drive is kaput which would include the hidden partition.

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September 4, 2009 at 13:33:15
You could remove the hard drive and connect to a desktop via a USB adapter to check it out. The USB cable adapters aren't very expensive, if you shop around a bit.

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September 4, 2009 at 13:41:23
I'm actually checking Ebay right now for those cables. If the HD
is shot, are laptop internal drives cheap and replaceable like
external HDs are? That is, I can get 1 TB external HDs for under
$100 these days and am wondering if I can get a cheap
replacement internal drive cheaply as well.)

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September 4, 2009 at 13:49:08
Laptop drives usually cost a bit more than desktop drives.

Here's a cheap 'IDE' to USB adapter.

(edit) if you do decide to go for a new drive, Make sure your laptop is 48 bit LBA capable before you get a drive larger than 137gb.

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September 4, 2009 at 14:00:54
Thanks for the link but the product shows out of stock. So any
other suggestions? Also in my quick looking at Ebay, I read
something about drivers not required for XP or later, whereas this
product comes with a CD with drivers. Anyone know which is the
case? Ebay has some IDE/SATA to USB cables that are just
the cable, some come with a power supply and a few other
things, and (thirdly), I didn't notice any with a CD as well. I need
to figure what I actually need (just the cable? also the power
supply? the CD?) as well.

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September 4, 2009 at 14:27:00
A "dumb question" type question. Where on earth IS the hard
drive in a laptop? Is it more just a card than what I'd consider a
drive (a closed box with some platters)? I unscrewed the main
cover on the bottom and can see the motherboard, memory,
etc., but not what I think would be a hard drive. The only other
thing fairly easily removed (other than the battery of course) is
clearly the cover for the DVD/CD drive.

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September 4, 2009 at 14:37:01
It may be under the keyboard.

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September 4, 2009 at 14:50:33
A laptop hard drive looks just like its desktop bretheren except smaller. The desktops are 3.5" platters. Laptops are 2.5" platters.

Files that are missing or corrupted on a hard drive are not necessarily an indication the drive is bad.

If you can determine what brand the hard drive is you can download a drive fitness tool to determine if the drive is bad or not.

I understand that the fitness toll by Hitachi will work on any brand.

You download and then burn to disk. Then boot to the tool.

Get the Hitachi tool at the link below.


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September 4, 2009 at 14:56:09
Here's another web site for USB adapters:


There is one for IDE, and one for both IDE & SATA. They come with a power unit and a driver CD. But I don't think a driver is needed for XP.

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