|My old PC shut itself down last night, not an uncommon thing but this time it's being a pain to get it back working. Fearing it might be terminal.|
I've opened it up to give it a clean as I've done before. It refuses to boot up to XP from the hard drive, and the various rescue CD's only get so far before hanging.
On one occasion so far, booting from a Lubuntu live cd got me as far as the desktop and file manager where I could see every partition except for "C:", the one with the XP installation. The other three partitions on the drive were shown and labelled correctly, but this one only had a vague '26 GB installation' or similar as a label. Probably a mistake to try to open that one first - as soon as I tried, it said something about ongoing processes and seized up again. Now it won't even get past the splash screen.
The Avira rescue CD gets as far as trying to mount the hard drive I assume ("mounting /dev/hda"), same hang.
It's 8-and-a-half years old now so it doesn't owe me anything, but I'd still like to try to restore it or at least get to the few things that weren't backed up.
My PC specs: http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/advent/...