Compaq Mini only boots with flashing cursor

February 2, 2011 at 12:33:59
Specs: Windows XP
Can I take the harddrive out of a compaq mini and put it in another laptop to get the data off of it. I have a compaq mini 110c that only boots to a black screen with a flashing cursor. It will see the cd rom if I change the boot order. But my xp does not have the drivers for mini and therefore I can't reinstall. I have a lot of data on the mini that I need to get off and I am thinking that if I reinstall windows, it will wipe everything. Is it possible to take the hard drive out of the mini and put it into a dell laptop and then get the data. I know a bit about computers and am learning as I go. Thank you.

Cat


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#1
February 2, 2011 at 13:32:33
"I reinstall windows, it will wipe everything."

Maybe depends how you do it. I would do a simple repair install first. This will just replace the system files without wiping the drive...

http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrep...

If that does not work you may just want to make an Ubuntu boot CD then use it to copy the files off to an external drive.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2138434_ubu...

My guess is the first will work.


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#2
February 2, 2011 at 13:35:42
Removing the hard disk and placing it in the other computer should be fine - nearly all hard disks are made to standards nowadays.

If the hard disk is IDE (40-pin connection) then the correct jumper settings should be applied

Hope this helps!

Edit - ace_omega's suggestions sounds good!


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#3
February 2, 2011 at 13:49:02
Okay I will try the first suggestion and post back after I have read through the documentation.

Cat


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February 2, 2011 at 15:03:17
I downloaded the AVG Rescue cd and put it on cd. Was able to boot to cd and AVG started but it seems to be hanging at the line:

b42-pci-bridge 0000:01:00:00:0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) ->IRQ 16

I am using another laptop to access this forum. It has been sitting at the above for about 5 minutes. Is this normal?

Thank you.

Cathy


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