My XP3 dell D620 laptop will not boot up anymore.It gets through the bios screen ok and then I get to the screen where it asks if you want to boot into
Windows or System Restore. If I select Windows it
simply reboots after a few seconds of trying to boot
(there is a screen message that flashes with very
small text, but it is too small and too quick to
If I select System Restore the only choice it allows
is to do a destructive restoration to it's factory
state. (I guess I forgot to install or turn on the
additional non-destructive option, which I've used
successfully on other XP notebooks).
1. I can run Linux Puppy from the CD but it acts as
if it is the 'first run' and doesn't seem to
recognize all the Puppy info that are already on the
hard drive. (It connects to the www fine).I am
hesitant to allow it to 'start over' and write to
the hard drive because I don't want to overwrite any
linux files already there (a lot).
2. I have an existing Paragon backup image which I
can probably place on the HD but I'd rather not do
that as I've got so much Linux on the drive after
using it for a couple months.
3. The Paragon Emergency CD has an option to
'Rebuild' the Master Boot Record..but I'm not sure
whether to click on it or not. I'm afraid it might
somehow make things worse.
I can't think of any program I have to load via CD
that might be able to analyze the HD for problems.
The Paragon CD has an analysis for it's two
partitions. I ran it and it showed ' a few errors'
on the Dell partition and 'errors not corrected for
some reason' for the working C drive of the
The HD hasn't given any indications of being bad. I
think the problem might have been caused by some
sort of funky shutdown I did.
Can anyone offer any advise about what to try next?
(sorry for the weird text formatting)
Edited by brian2009, 27 June 2014 - 04:09 PM.