RIP, little buddy.
Well, he’s actually on life support. I’m pretty sure I have a bad sector on the hard disk in a crucial spot the OS (WinXP) needs. He’ll restart to a certain point, I’ll get a millisecond of the blue screen of death, then another restart.
Doesn’t matter what kind of restart I attempt; I can’t even get it to the command prompt to do a scandisk. I don’t know enough about hardware, especially laptops, to fix this. I’m a software guy. It doesn’t look good, though.
I’m a stupid software guy, at that. This laptop contains my Microsoft Money files, my emails, most of my logons which I’ve long since forgotten – and I have never backed it up.
This is quite a blow. Partially self-inflicted, which makes it worse.
Any ideas on how to get out of a perpetual restart? Or is it time to lay the old boy to rest?
UPDATE: Using a copy of Windows XP home, I was able to restart enough to do a chkdsk with repair option. After this, the restart let Windows come up all the way! I’ve seen this before, so I knew I wasn’t out of the woods yet. I performed a deep scandisk which, at this time, has been running for 11 hours so far! That disk is screwed up; it has more bad sectors than Detroit. 😉
So, I’m going to get a new hard drive and a transfer kit asap. Pah.