Found 6th Jun 2010
We got a Dell Inspiron 1200, it's pretty old. Anyway when we turn it on, we see the dell logo and also the F12 F2 commands. I've tried safe mode, debugging mode etc but it just fails to load the operating system. The Windows logo doesn't come up and it seems that the laptop just freezes. I ran a diagnostics test which said "fail" and it played some warning sounds or something. I also tried removing the HDD and putting it back in again, but the same thing happens - the OS just wont boot.

Anyone got any ideas how to tell what's wrong? If it's just the HDD it'd save me some money.

Thanks for any help.

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I'd try a live boot CD - this is where the operating system is contained within the CD so if you've got a problem with the hard drive in a PC you can try booting from one of these CDs instead to see if the HD is at fault or not:

ubuntu.com/des…oad

John

or a windows type live cd if thats more familiar to you: ubcd4win.com/

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I'd try a live boot CD - this is where the operating system is contained … I'd try a live boot CD - this is where the operating system is contained within the CD so if you've got a problem with the hard drive in a PC you can try booting from one of these CDs instead to see if the HD is at fault or not:http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/downloadJohn


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Managed to boot unbuntu successfully from the USB. I'm trying to install the unbuntu OS onto the HDD and try boot it from there, but it won't install unless I remove the existing windows edition, along with everything else.

Either that, or this partition thing which I can't get to work.'m gonna try reading up on that. Thanks for the help.
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