[wdvltalk-social] BIG emrgency - wife's machine limping ;-)

joseph harris smilepoet at vfemail.net
Sun Sep 20 19:51:27 BST 2009


When I finally got round to investigating the laptop it started correctly but windowed a 'serious' error and asked to phone home. M$ identifies a number of possible cause which i think centre on a dying HDD. As one reason can be scanning, and the machine was chuntering away not long before nose-diving, that seems to tie in.

The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite Pro 6100 [not quite out of the ark, but bought refurbished about 5 years ago] running Windows XP Pro. It had been little used, but recently has had a lot of games played on it; that may explain a great deal.

I also did find clear instructions for taking the machine apart - I am relieved to not have to think about that; not for a bit, anyway.

I am not discounting your suggestions, as it seems quite likely that things might loosen and contacts lose efficiency.


From: "PatrickG" 
> joseph harris wrote:
>> I've gone to the limits of my technical expertise; thrown it from one side of the room to the other...
>> The message is 'disable caching and shadowing' - I suspect that even if I could get to something to try that it would not be a good idea.
> (replying from a subscribed address this time)
> Could be several things. I'll give you my 2 cents worth and maybe 
> someone with a bit more expertise than me can add to it. :-)
> If it were me, I would power the system down, Open the case and re-seat 
> all of the memory and any boards. Also double check all cables to be 
> sure they are fully set.
> Also make sure all fans are clear and functioning (could just be 
> overheating).
> Other possibilities:
>   Failing Memory
>   Corrupt startup files (would need the Install CD to fix)
> My leaning is towards some type of file corruption, as it generally 
> shouldn't ask for the install disk to enter safe mode.
> HTH,
> PatrickG
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