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My old laptop with XP died, what can I do?

My first Toshiba Satellite laptop won't boot. The power light & fan switch on but the screen stays blank. After a few minutes, it shuts off.

It was my only computer & I didn't have time to wait for it to be serviced & I thought it might be the motherboard, so I bought another. They don't make that model anymore, so I bought a low-end new Satellite, but it has Windows Vista. Can I get the XP from the old laptop? Can I put the old machine's ram and hard drive in the new comp to retrieve the programs that were installed?

Both computers have 2 512m ram, so how do I accomplish getting the info from the old computer? It seems to make sense to me that I can do this, but I'm afraid of frying the new laptop so I need the advice of people who really know what they're doing. Are the drivers different and make this impossible?

Plus, do you have any idea what might be wrong with the original laptop? Are there any simple ways for me to try to diagnose the problem myself? Is there diagnostic software available so that I could connect the new to the old & use it to diagnose the problem?

I'd appreciate any help I can get. Thanks.

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Can I get the XP from the old laptop? Can I put the old...

In reply to: My old laptop with XP died, what can I do?

"Can I get the XP from the old laptop? Can I put the old machine's ram and hard drive in the new comp to retrieve the programs that were installed?"

No, and for most programs, no. This is very well documented but you seem to need to read it here.

"so how do I accomplish getting the info from the old computer?"

Now this is possible! You wrote how to get access to the old drive above so "info" or files can be moved with ease. The OS and programs are things that makers have worked for years to make it hard to impossible to move.

As to what's wrong with the original laptop, you didn't tell model numbers so I can't draw on prior experiences. With just what you shared I have to write it's dead. But with only what you wrote I can't tell much more.

"Are there any simple ways for me to try to diagnose the problem myself? Is there diagnostic software available so that I could connect the new to the old & use it to diagnose the problem?"

Sorry no. Those diagnostic tools only exist in a few repair depots and even then are rarely used since the engineers time costs more than tossing in a new mainboard, hard disk or other parts. Said diagnostic tools are in the 6 figure range so it's not something you'll buy.

Bob

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Follow up question, Bob or anyone else

In reply to: Can I get the XP from the old laptop? Can I put the old...

What if I bought a used comp that was the same model? (Or slightly different...mine is M65 S9093 and the one I found is M65 S821...would that work?) Or is it an absolute no?

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Sometimes that works.

In reply to: Follow up question, Bob or anyone else

Laptops are not like desktops in that boards are rarely interchangeable. If you can get a clear picture of the prospective board and compare it's outline, connection placement and mounting holes you might be able to tell how successful you would be. But it's something for you to scrape the information about.

The usual end of this story is we pull the hard disk to put in some USB hard disk enclosure so they can get their files out.

Bob

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PS

In reply to: Can I get the XP from the old laptop? Can I put the old...

Sorry if the original question was redundant, but I searched for two hours here, at yahoo and answers.com for the same question and couldn't find it.

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