We find such refurb from dell or sometimes on ebay. Sometimes its worth it.
I have a Dell Inspiron 700m laptop which had some issues and stopped
I was worried that the motherboard died on me.
I took out the hard drive and was able to recover the data from it.
After messing around with it laptop a little bit(removing cut speaker wires), I was able to get to the boot screen.
However, it does not recognize the hard drive now. I am able to mount the hard drive externally and view data on other computer, so the hard drive is ok.
I can boot the laptop using a Ubuntu Live CD. The laptop and the hard drive combo is not working.
Any ideas what could be wrong? I checked if the pins are ok, they seem fine to me.
Any help would be appreciated.