Laptop not Booting - BSOD. Please Help!

Hewlett-packard Pavilion dv5000t noteboo...
November 2, 2009 at 18:17:23
Specs: Windows XP

I have HP Dv5000 series laptop. Its over 3 years old but was in warrantly till last month.Virtually all parts were replaced atleast once in last 3 years :)

But yesterday I got BSOD when I installed some pluggin. Dont know if it was virus. Now the problem is that I can boot Windows. Not even in any of the modes( Safe Mode, Last Known configuration etc). To make it even worse, two weeks back my DVD Drive had stopped working. There is no way I can use any recovery disks or Windows CDs to make it boot.

But I have 2 USB Portable drives (160G,1T) and my laptop supports booting from USB. Can I use my friend's PC to install Windows in 160G Portable USB disk and start using Laptop from it temproarily ? Can anyone please help me by telling me how to accomplish that ? Or is there any other way ?

I dont have a USB DVD Drive. I am in China at the moment and I dont want to take it to a shop.

Any help would be deeply appreciated


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November 3, 2009 at 07:33:24
Most BIOS will not support Flash Drive booting. You will be better off using an external USB CD ROM drive. They are kinda pricey between $70-$150 depending on the speed and write capabilities.

If your friend has a full computer desktop then you might be able to get a mini ATA to ATA converter, for much less, so you can hook your laptop hard drive directly to the computers IDE ATA cable and do your repairs on it.

If you have a SATA drive then you are golden because you will not need a converter just hook it up directly to the desktop computer.

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November 3, 2009 at 17:12:59
Thanks. Yesterday I bought a 4GB Pendrive and installed Xubuntu Linux on it. Changed the boot order and it loaded.
I can use Internet and it serves my immediate purpose. I can also see the content on Notebook drives. Is there any way by which I can do something on the Windows system files manually from Linux which can fix them :) ?

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November 4, 2009 at 07:47:42
That depends on what the BOD says is the problem. When the Windows menu comes up after hold F8 there is an advanced section that you can go to where you can set windows to not to automatically reboot when encountering an error. This way you can read the BOD and get a hint to which file is corrupted. Then see if you can go to a friends computer and copy the file. Other wise to repair Windows you have to boot from a Windows Disk not Linux.

The only thing you can do with Linux is to do a disk check and repair to see if your drive has bad sectors but it will not fix Windows if there is a corrupted file. If the problem is indeed a bad sector only then running a disk repair in linix will fix the problem so try a disk repair and let us know what happens.

Please read this before doing a repair...

If you do have a 1TB book shelf drive then I would recommend backing up your "Documents and Settings" directory and any other directories before you start.

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