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

christine gregory gregory_christin at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 21 17:46:46 BST 2009

Dear Joseph,


Sorry to hear of your difficulties with the laptop - no expertise to advise you unfortunately.  


Dear PatrickG,


Just a quick response to you and Joseph to let you know you are not alone on the social list!  I was just reading.  Glad you had some suggestions for Joseph.



E-mail: gregory_christin at hotmail.com

> Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 17:56:41 -0400
> From: wdvlsocl at gandatech.net
> To: wdvltalk-social at wdvltalk-social.org.uk
> Subject: Re: [wdvltalk-social] BIG emrgency - wife's machine limping ;-)
> joseph harris wrote:
> > Patrick,
> >
> > 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.
> > 
> Sound quite plausible. And probably the most accurate assessment. If you 
> know what brand of HDD and you have the capacity via another computer, 
> there are quite a few tools that can run from either a boot floppy or cd 
> to analyze the drive.
> > 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.
> > 
> As it is a laptop, there is not really that much to re-seat anyway. 
> Memory and hard drive are about it, and those usually have there own 
> access covers.
> I have taken apart two laptops (the most recent to replace the hinges) 
> and while it was not what I would call difficult, it was not all that 
> easy either.
> -- 
> PatrickG.
> (are we the only 2 on the social list these days)?
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