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Thanks from a noob - got it working on "dead" XP PC

#1 User is offline   gio300zx Icon

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    Posted 04 April 2009 - 01:08 PM

    Hallo Ben, I usually don't bother to register for forums (unless they're to do with the best damn sports car on the planet) but in your case I had to just to say thanks.

    My wife's Dell laptop Inspiron 510m started to make funny noises, then she tried to reinstall a number of times and then, finally, she gave up. Can't say that I blame her. :)Then I thought, what I really need is a bootable DOS CD which led to UBCD and thence to UBCD4Win.

    I tried three or four times and made all the mistakes. But when I stopped being "clever" and followed the instructions EXACTLY http://www.ubcd4win.com/howto.htm it worked!
    The problems were AVG getting in the way then wow32.dll then (maybe) not unhiding hidden files. I went to the pub (English tradition) then came back and followed your how-to line-by-line. Including burning at lowest possible speed ( x 7 with Roxio Creator 9 on this PC) And it worked both on my own Dell XPS M1330 (normally running Vista Business) and the previously dead Dell 510m

    Blimey, that's very impressive. To see Windows booting up on a PC which couldn't even get to the Recovery Console - top marks, thanks.

    Now, how are we going to fix the dead HDD? No idea, that's her problem! Thanks to you, I got the PC awake again and everything else is down to her (she's got the physics degree after all :D)

    Thanks Ben, well done. And to others who have hiccups, just go to the pub, calm down and follow the how-to line-by-line. Worked for me, hope it works for you.
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      Posted 04 April 2009 - 03:00 PM

      Hello,
      if HDD is not physically dead (not making clink- clunk of death)

      then try this
      http://support.thete...5-64c7b21f54f2}


      PS the Harddisk compartment is at bottom of laptop ie if it is out of warrenty:
      http://support.thete...b-4436aa30f1ea}

      not the same Ben :lol:

      Ben_Mott

      This post has been edited by ben_mott: 04 April 2009 - 03:07 PM

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