Hmmm ... almost, but not quite.
So where from here? I saw the instructions for the Disk check, but wasn't sure if you wanted me to do that too.
Does the computer running with Puppy mean the problem isn't with the Hard Drive, but the OS or some files?
No; no Disk Check just yet. I think that we should err on the side of caution about doing that right now and hold off on running any sort of "disk check"/"check disk".
I cannot determine exactly what/where the problem lies at this stage.
============================== Let's take a closer look at the hard drive's condition.
- Sorry about this but I think you might need to create another bootable ...
I think you will need to use Lucid Puppy for this (but not absolutely sure since I haven't checked out whether possible with Slacko).
Note: since you will be using Puppy on a flashdrive and not a CD, you will be able to save the "changes made to the system to a file" on the same flashdrive.
Lucid Puppy - GSmartControl S.M.A.R.T data
Instructions prepared June 10th, 2012, using Lucid Puppy version 5.2.8
I assume you already know how to download & install a browser of your choice: I downloaded & installed Firefox in order to be able to log on at BleepingComputer.com and post there while using the Puppy operating system.Note:
When you shut Puppy down, you are given the opportunity to save changes made to the system to a file on a storage media. I suggest that you choose to save changes to a file that you save to a USB flashdrive, so that you can load those changes from the flashdrive next time you boot to the Puppy CD. (Do not save this file to the failing hard drive.***)
That way, you will have the browser ... and the other changes we make now ... available to you when next you boot the Puppy CD, and won't have to start at the beginning again and download/install afresh.
=====================================Boot with the Lucid Puppy CD.
- Instructions prepared June 10th, 2012, using Lucid Puppy version 5.2.8
Lucid Puppy 5.2.8 desktop with browser wizard.Download and install GSmartControl package:
- At the Puppy Desktop, click on Install.
A new Install window will appear.
- At the bottom of that window, "Click button to run the Puppy Package Manager".
The Puppy Package Manager window will appear.
- On the left-side of that window you will see a vertical column of icons: Click on the second icon "System".
- In the window pane to the right-side, under the heading "Package", eighth down the list, click on "gsmartcontrol-0.8.5-i386".
A Puppy Package Manager: preinstall window will appear.
- In that window, if all is well, at the bottom, click on "Install gsmartcontrol-0.8.5-i386".
A Puppy Package Manager: download window will appear.
- I didn't have any luck with the download location selected by default, so I suggest that you select "ibiblio.org", third from the bottom, and then click on "Download Packages".
You will see a download progress window, and then a "Puppy Package Manager" window announcing that the packages have been successfully installed.
- Click OK.
- If all is well, you will see another window announcing that there are no missing libraries or dependencies: Click OK.
- You will have a remaining Puppy Package Manager window open, so click on "Exit package manager" to close the window.
=================Use GSmartControl to get the S.M.A.R.T data:
- At the bottom-left-side of the Puppy Desktop
- Click Menu > System > System Status and Config > GSmartControl hardware information.
- In the GSmartControl window that appears, click on the device that represents the failing hard drive (any other device may be a flashdrive if you have one connected) to select it.
- On the top menu, click Device > View Details.
A Device Information window for the failing hard drive will open.
- Click on the Attributes tab at the top (to display the S.M.A.R.T data).
Firstly, we'll save the S.M.A.R.T data as a text output
- At the bottom of the Attributes page, click Save As.
- Look at the default file name and location that the file will be saved.
Default location will be "root".
- Click Save.
Now, let's create and save a screenshot of the GSmartControl window.
- Firstly, make the GSmartControl window occupy the full size of the screen so that all details are included in the screenshot.
- Click on Menu (bottom-left corner of the screen) > Graphic > PupSnap Screen Capture.
A PupSnap window will appear.
- Click the Full Screen tab in that window.
- Click Save.
A new window displaying the newly created screenshot (probably named image-1.png) will appear.
- Close that window, exit the PupSnap window, as well as the Device Information window and the GSmartControl window.
=================Now to get the text file and the screenshot uploaded to BleepingComputer.com.
You are probably already reading this using Puppy, but if not ...Attach items to a post or two ...
- In your topic at the bottom of the page, click on Add Reply.
- Under the text box, under the heading Attachments, click on "Browse" to browse for the file that you wish to attach.
A file upload window will appear.
- On the left-side, click on "root" to display the contents of the root directory.
- You should see the text file there that you saved earlier. Click on it, to select it, and then click Open at the bottom-right of the window.
- Back at the BleepingComputer.com forums window, click on Attach this file.
- Now type a few words in the text box "text file attached" and then at the bottom click on Add Reply.
If you are feeling confident enough to try it, you can open the text file with a text editor in Puppy and paste the contents in a reply so it can be seen easily by anyone browsing the topic, if you wish. If you do this, don't forget to enclose in CODE tags to preserve the format/spacing.
Now click on Add Reply
again to create another post.
- Again, click on Browse under Attachments.
- In the root directory, double-click on my-documents to open that directory.
- In that directory, double-click on images to open that directory.
You should now see the image that you saved (the screenshot) probably called image-1.png
- Click on the image to highlight it, and then click on Open.
- Back at the forum, click on Attach This File.
- When it has been attached (may take a few seconds), to the right of the window, click on "Add to Post" so that the image will be displayed.
You will see some text appear in the text box.
- At the bottom of the window, click on Add Reply.
Edited by AustrAlien, 11 July 2012 - 12:48 AM.