Gateway ML3109 crashed

Gateway / Ml3109
July 9, 2009 at 10:44:35
Specs: Windows Vista
I'm not sure what happened but the other day I turned on my laptop and it won't do anything. I've had it about two years with no problems but now when I push the power button, the hard drive light comes on for about 30 seconds and the screen stays black. Then nothing. I tried booting it with the system recovery disk in but it won't do anything. When I put the disk in while it is already "on" the disk spins for about 30 seconds while the hard drive light blinks and then nothing. Am I sunk? Is there any way to recover anything I had on that hard drive? I'm totally kicking myself for not doing a recent back up.

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#1
July 22, 2009 at 10:49:59
So I had all but given up on my laptop and was shopping for a new one but I decided to try some suggestions I found online. I tried re-seating the memory modules and then I plugged it in and left it for a week. This morning I decided to try booting it up again and now I'm getting the Gateway logo and then it says there was a problem and it asks if I want to repair or start normally. No matter what I choose, it goes to the Microsoft Corporation screen with the little progress bar with the little green bars that go back and forth. The bars go across exactly 9 times and then it freezes and nothing happens. Other than what is happening on the screen, the laptop is doing the exact same thing as before. If I boot it with the OS disc, it asks if I want to repair and then it shows a progress bar and it says it's retrieving windows file but then it goes to the Microsoft screen again and this time it goes across 3-5 times before it freezes. I tried F8 and nothing I choose seems to do anything different. I can get to the BIOS screen but can't seem to find anything there to help. It is keeping time if that means anything and the fan is coming on if I leave it on. Is there anything else I can try at this point? I would be willing to sacrifice my files to fix this laptop (although I wouldn't like it).

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#2
July 22, 2009 at 11:13:11
Try booting from the OS disk again, and choose the Recover Console option. Once you get to a DOS prompt, try running the command CHKDSK /r.
Let me know if that works.

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#3
July 22, 2009 at 11:18:23
I will try that but when I did it this morning, it only gave me a repair option and then it started retrieving files off the cd. I'll try this on my lunch break and get back to you again.

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#4
July 22, 2009 at 14:17:31
I tried what you said. 5 out of 6 times, it goes directly to a screen that says "Windows is loading files" with a progress bar. When the progress bar is full, it goes to the Microsoft Corporation screen and then freezes. Twice I got it to go to a screen that said "Choose an operating system to start" and it has Windows Vista as a choice and then below it has Windows Memory Diagnostic as a tool. I chose that and the first time, it froze up. The second time it got to about 75% and the computer shut down. Up until that point, it said there were no issues. I will keep trying though. I also tried booting in Safe Mode with the Command Prompt and it goes to a screen that says "Loading Windows Files" and it lists a bunch of drivers. It gets so far and freezes up. The fact that it is doing anything gives me some hope but at the same time, I'm getting a little frustrated with it not doing what everyone says it should.

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