Posted 15 October 2010 - 02:57 PM
Our DELL D610 Laptop (XP) will not boot up.
The DELL start screen appears, but the progress bar does not move (just shows about 15mm/10%).
It doesn't show the F2 Boot/F12 BIOS instructions, and doesn't respond to these keys either. It does power off (immediately) in response to the power button.
It's my son's laptop and he should be using it for his university work. He said that over a period of months it had started to become more unreliable, but there were no clear symptoms.
I have an Ubuntu boot disk to try checking the hard disk, but it no longer boots far enough to try this.
What can I do now?
My son is concerned about the data on his hard disk. Could I fit it to my DELL D600 to try recovering it under Ubuntu? If so, how? I'm familiar with dismantling desktops, but have never tackled a laptop, so I don't know how to get at the hard disk/memory/motherboard.