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Dell Inspiron 1525 had a bad fall

by TheAnt317 / March 2, 2014 12:56 AM PST

Now it's gotten to the point where Windows 7 will be "Starting Windows" and then nothing but a black screen. Basically it fell about 4 feet and hit the wooded floor.

-- Inspiron 1525 --
-- Intel® Pentium® Dual Core T2390 (1.86GHz/533Mhz FSB/1MB cache)
-- [223-8965]
-- Memory --
-- 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
-- [311-7806]
-- Video Card --
-- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
-- [320-6059]
-- Hard Drive --
-- Size: 120GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
-- [341-5616]

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You may have damaged hardware
by wpgwpg / March 2, 2014 1:05 AM PST

Have you tried booting to Safe Mode? If you can do that, you can run chkdsk & let it check for and attempt repair of any bad sectors. If you can't boot to Safe Mode, make a repair disc on another Windows 7 PC that's either 32 or 64 bit the same as yours. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Backup & restore -> Create repair disc. Insert a CD-R & it will create it. Then take it to your Dell Inspiron and boot from it.
If none of the above works, try booting to the command prompt using the repair CD and copy any data you don't want to lose to a flash or external hard drive. Then take the computer to a repair shop.

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Another thing
by TheAnt317 / March 3, 2014 7:06 AM PST

I was probably too hasty clicking "best answer."

From what I can gather, I believe it may just be the hard drive that faulted. Windows does not boot, no matter what I do. I popped in a Linux Live CD to take a closer look and, lo and behold, the hard drive cannot be accessed by Linux either.

I believe a trip to the repair shop may not be necessary as I feel the problem is centered only around the hard drive. I was thinking of simply replacing the hard drive inside the laptop, re-installing Windows and seeing what happens. However, is there anyway I can personally check to see if there are any other failing parts if I install a new HDD and it still does not work in some shape or form?

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Yes but let's go ahead and state it so we're clear.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 3, 2014 7:13 AM PST
In reply to: Another thing

The way to test if it's the HDD is to take the HDD to a good PC or take a good HDD to this failed PC.

Once in a while you get lucky in that unplugging and plugging in the drive can fix it. You dd that? Right?

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you already did
by itsdigger / March 3, 2014 7:13 AM PST
In reply to: Another thing

when you ran the live cd. Since you have restore media you can try installing Linux to see what happens with the HDD


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