I've been given a friend's laptop which was having trouble booting (Black Screen of Death). That issue was solved by running system restore but now the laptop abruptly turns itself off and restarts once Vista has loaded. Sometimes it happens soon after it has booted, sometimes it happens after 10 mins or more.
I'm thinking it could be a hard disk or overheating problem so I want to run Chkdsk to see if the hdd has errors. This brings me to my question..
- Can you boot from a XP disk, load up the Recovery Console and run Chkdsk from there (bearing in mind the OS on the laptop is Vista).. I don't have a Vista CD you see.
I've tried the "Ultimate boot CD" which was a big pile of turd. It had a few tools on there for hdd scanning but most were for specific makes of hdd. The Western Digital one (laptop has WD drive) didn't work and neither did any of the generic ones, they hung or weren't compatible with SATA hdds.
Urgh, sorry for the long winded question.. Anyone got any ideas?