yeah, i know I will need a new computer soon! I have been using this DELL as my main computer for over 3 years now, usually up to 16hrs a day! So I understand it is about time that it gives up
Btw, I had to uninstall norton 2-3 days before my computer died, and maybe this had to do with deleting some essential files... I read norton messes up your OS sometimes...
Anyways, here is what I learnt this time.
I had a corrupt windows file, which didn't allow that the laptop boots from the Windows XP install CD. In the diagnostic test, the system prompted me to insert the original DELL CD with the Drivers and Utilities, because it didn't find the partition utiliy on my hard drive. I didn't have this CD at hand. Btw, the bottom of my computer is so worn out, that I cannot even see the customer number!!! I cant see almost anything printed on those labels
My boyfriend found an alternative OS online (I think it is called active@ boot or smth like this); he downloaded this OS, burnt it on a CD and managed to boot up the computer using this CD. We used the console available there to transfer all my files from the hard disk to an external hard drive and perform some maintenance available there. There was a nice browser that I used to email to myself some important files, as well. Afterwards we formatted the hard disk fully, and reinstalled Windows XP, transferred all my data back on my laptop hard drive. I had the drives on my hard disk, so those are reinstalled, all seems to function perfectly, and the day has been saved. :smileyhappy:
It is clear I need to back up all my files regularly on an external hard drive, because the doom day is eventually coming
Thanks to all your help, and fast responses! Hope this information helps other people, as well!