I guess first question should be: to abort from where I'm at, can I simply turn the thing off?
(I'll have to head to work later today, and won't leave it on)
I'm brainstorming, and googling... This laptop was given to my daughter - she and I stared at and played very little with Linspire - then shelved it. This Christmas, she received a new laptop, which left this one to 'play' with...
My thinking is: the HD has a bad sector - previous owner installed Linspire on a fresh partition, and set to boot from there, leaving the original XP and bad sector mothballed.
Is this a likely scenario? I see after an 1.5 hours it's moved from 15% to 16% - still what I would consider a hang, as I don't believe this is at all normal.
To run a diagnostic on the HD, I would need to _______?
Remove covers, and see what brand drive it is, then download tools from drives manufacturers site? Could they be put on a flash drive, and loaded via USB?
(doesn't seem like it).
I do have dban disk from another project in fall of 2010, however, if I understand it, dban simply erases the drive, but does not scan it for errors.
And if I'm looking at a replacement drive on a budget? (as I can't see spending much on this aged laptop)
Edited by Goldenvoice, 18 February 2012 - 01:57 PM.