|I've never heard of a laptop having a SCSI hard drive. |
I searched using: Satellite 2800-s201 hard drive
- it uses an IDE (a.k.a. EIDE) hard drive.
If you haven't seen a laptop IDE drive before, it has more pins on it's connector than a desktop IDE drive.
- two extra pins for +5v and power ground, so the connector to the laptop has 42 positions (41 pins on the drive, one is missing) including those.
- four extra pins, outside of where the connector to the laptop goes, 2 of which can be jumpered to set the drive to slave, the other two can be jumpered to set the drive to cable select - the drive is set to master when there are no jumpers on those pins.
Well in that case, it sounds like you got the SeaTools bootable CD to boot fine on the subject laptop.
Have you tried booting into Safe mode or Enable VGA mode ?
If not, one or both of those may get you to the desktop.
What happened after that?
Did the computer freeze, and if so, how long did you wait for something to happen?
Did the computer reboot automatically?
- remove any bootable CD
- press F8 repeatedly while booting, and when the boot choices menu appears, choose
Disable automatic restart....
That should allow the computer to boot into Windows a bit farther, and you'll probably see a Blue SOD.
If so, copy down what you see.
STOP: 0X0000xx (we don't need the stuff in brackets after that)
If a problem file is named, it's often at the end of the text.
If you see that, copy down the file name.
Tell us what you saw.
If you can't get Safe or Enable VGA mode or Disable automatic restart mode to work....
Clean the laser lens on the CD drive, if you haven't already done that, with a tissue or a soft cloth. Usually you can easily see the laser lens on the CD drive's tray when the tray is ejected and there is no CD on the tray.
Is the XP CD you're using an original disk or a copy?
If it's a copy, a CD-R should work fine, but other types of burnable disks - e.g. a CD-RW - may not read properly in a drive they were not made in.
Assuming the CD is an original or a CD-R, boot the computer with the XP CD.
You should have no problems loading the initial files from the CD.
(if you DO have problems loading files from the CD, there's something wrong - see the part starting "You should get NO ERRORS AT ALL ..." in Response 5 )
When you get to the first screen, press R to go to the Recovery Console.
run chkdsk /r c:
( After you press R you will see the Recovery Console black screen.
It will look for Windows installations, then list them.
In most cases, it lists only 1. C:\Windows
Type the number, press Enter.
Usually that's press 1, press Enter
You will then see a line
- if there are no asterisks - "stars" - *'s - the upper case of 8 on the keyboard - after Password, just press Enter
type: chkdsk /r c: (press Enter)
(a space after chkdsk and /r)
That will take a while to run.
When it's finished, type: exit (press Enter)
to exit the Recovery Console and reboot the computer.
Do not press the key to boot from the CD.
See if Windows will then load normally. )