Won't boot - thesis trapped!!!

July 15, 2009 at 01:36:30
Specs: Windows Vista Busines sp2, Intel centrino duo core
I was doing some work a few hours ago, when all of a sudden, the screen slowly goes white, and nothing is responsive anymore. I shut it down (held down power button) an tried to turn it back on, but when I did, the screen was all garbled (lines, random characters, shifted lines) and it got to the 'safe mode' selection screen, then all these lines appeared, and then the screen went white again.

For a while I tried repeatedly to turn the laptop on an off to see if it would get past the safe mode selection screen without petering out and dying on me - it started it's safe mode check to or three times, but never got very far before it rebooted itself, or just froze.

Now when I press the power button, the DVD drive starts to whir, the fan starts to turn, the power other LEDs light up, but then nothing happens - black screen, no noises or CPU activity.

I really would like nothing more than just to get it back up so I can recover my thesis from the computer - I really don't care about anything else at this point.

Any help would really be appreciated!!!!


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#1
July 15, 2009 at 02:42:11
... harddrive not making a noise (spinning) ?

... try volt meter on power outlets to harddrive, suspect power supply failure....

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#2
July 15, 2009 at 13:09:14
Presumably its the same on mains or battery.
Can you get into BIOS?

If so, you could burn a "Puppy Linux" live CD on another machine then see if you can use that to get to your files. This software is easy to use, runs straight from the CD and does not use your HD or Vista. You might need to get into BIOS to set the CD drive as first bootable disk.

If it works you might be able to access your thesis and then transfer it to a Flash Drive.

some other bloke...


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#3
July 15, 2009 at 14:25:12
Thanks Derek.

I went out an bought a hard case for the HD and tried to access it from an other PC - didn't work through Windows, so I may have to access it through Linux or another OS. I will try your method and report back.


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#4
July 15, 2009 at 14:36:31
"...I tried repeatedly to turn the laptop on an off .."

.."crying student".... I just realised it's a laptop... with all these posts I tend to miss a one liner...so put my power supply idea on the back burner...

... just popping the drive back in and retrying may help

... did it ever freeze?

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