I have an Inspiron 1000 laptop with XP. I got it from a friend of mine to look at, and this is what I am dealing with.
When it is turned on, it makes several noticeable clicking sounds that are coming from the bottom of the unit. In this area, there is a screw with a compartment that I can remove. I can only assume this is the hard drive.
It allowed me to go to the Boot Menu, so, I did that. I then had the option of booting from the CD, the hard drive, or doing a diagnostic (along with 2 other things.) It is now on a repeating cycle. Basically, it is doing the diagnostic repeatedly, but, not doing anything else. It is not making the noise anymore.
So, what do you think the problem is?
Do you think it is a bad hard drive? And, if it is, do I have to purchase another copy of XP to reload on it?
Edit...I got it out of the diagnostic, and got it to pull up into the Setup screen. It shows the hard drive has having 0 GB on it. Does that mean it's bad?
Edit..Edit..When turned back on, it goes back to this diagnostic looking thing. It repeats the same steps over and over again. Sis9000 EXE bootro hook int18
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There are some other numbers and such after each of these things.
Edited by Jeremy James, 11 May 2009 - 10:09 PM.