First, the battery indicator light and the two adjacent lights (one for
power, the other, the processor) were flashing on and off. The following Youtube video shows this:
Then, my computer cut off while I was using it. The screen didn't go black;
rather, I heard a whistle noise of sorts, whereupon a blue screen came up (a
screen that looked something like the screen you see when you start Windows
in safe mode, but not exactly that screen). I think I just shut down at that
point. Next, I tried to turn the computer on without its being plugged in.
Absolutely no power from the battery. So I
removed the battery. Then I started it again, plugged in of course. This
time it worked for a while. I put it in hibernate mode, which I frequently
do. Yet, the next time I started it, I got a black screen with a message
like "HDD error." Now, still unable to get Windows, I'm getting the following message: "No bootable devices, strike F1 to retry boot. When I do this, it says "No boot sector on internal hard drive." The following Youtube video shows this:
what happens when turn on
Obviously, I'd like to know what I can do in order to reslove this problem.
At a minimum, I'd like to be able to transfer the files in the MyPictures and the MyDocuments folders to another device. I would also like to be able to transfer my Outlook Express settings and my Internet Explorer favorities.
I've been all over the web for this issue. People are advising me to remove the hard drive, put it a 2.5" case, and connect to a computer with the same operating system. Would this really work? However, they haven't been clear on how you actually transfer the files when you connect the USB hard case a computer.
Here are some other intriguing suggestions I got, from someone who is describing himself as "A+":
"1st. try to "reset your bios" (aka CMOS)
if that fail,
insert a system CD that match your original operating system (such as XP cd or win 98CD).
(if you dont have one, you can download www.bootdisk.com
At the dos prompt, try fdisk/mbr
and hit enter. This should restore your boot record
if that doesn't work. you will need to do what u said. pull the HD out and put it in an enclosure. and connect it to a sepearate computer and pull file from your "document and setting" folder on a seperate machine."
Thank you for your consideration.
Edited by hiprocka, 26 July 2008 - 08:20 AM.