Doesn't sound like it. You realize trying to install over it may have lost the deceased person's data stored on it?
Does it have a DVD drive? If so, then get a LIVE Linux DVD, put in the DVD drive, and boot from it. Should allow access of the hard drive.
Are you sure it's a 32 bit system? The drive may have GPT formatting instead of MBR.
When you boot to the Linux DVD, run the GParted program and get the information on the drive and report it here.
You can make your own LIVE Linux DVD, or get one for $6 + postage from osdisc.com site.
Use this MATE version of Linux Mint. You should "burn image" of ISO of both the 32 and 64 bit just in case, each to a separate DVD. You can then access the DVD drive in BIOS and boot to it.
Also open terminal program and run each of these commands on the hard drive and report here.
sudo parted -l /dev/sda
sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda
Hey guys first time posting here,
My flatmate recently got a laptop from a friend who passed away and the laptop is locked out, requiring the dead guys online credentials to log in.
He asked me to have a look at it because I'm not completely ******** RE: computers but I'm no whizz either.
The laptop has weird screws i don't have right driver for so I can't take out the current HDD and pop in a new one but when i try to install a new version of windows from a boot disk over the top of the old it always fails at the very end, I have the right OS and the right bit type (32) and I've used the disk on other computers, does anyone have any ideas as I've been trying for days now and he's getting impatient.
Thank you guys for any and all help you can offer,