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Sun, Nov. 18th, 2012, 08:11 pm
Where in Nashville Could I get a Laptop Fixed?

Originally published at VolkStudio Blog. You can comment here or there.

This morning, my Windows 7 laptop failed with blue screen. Efforts to boot it yielded “disk access error”. I have no unique data on it, just need to get it functional again. I suspect the problem may be virus-related rather than a hardware failure. Where in Nashville should I look for qualified help?


Seems the HD failed. I’ll deal with it later, as it has little unique data on it. Got a replacement, found my Windows DVD and installing it now.

Mon, Nov. 19th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)

У меня одновременно накрылись медным тазом настольный и один из ноутов. Пользуюсь самым старым, случайно выжившим ноутом. Прямо мор на них напал, кошмар какой-то.

Mon, Nov. 19th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)

I don't know about in Nashville, but if you were closer to the Shenandoah Valley, I'd give you a hand real quick.

If you don't care about what's on the old drive, just boot from your Win7 disc, pick Advanced Install, and delete the old partition(s), then reinstall.

Can you post the exact error message?

Mon, Nov. 19th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)

Not sure I can even find my Windows 7 disk. The registration info is still on the laptop case...could I download the OS? It's been ages since I've had to deal with this.

Mon, Nov. 19th, 2012 03:56 am (UTC)

Yes you can. Hold on and I'll find a link for you.

Mon, Nov. 19th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)

Ok, I replied with a link, but it was marked as spam.

Mon, Nov. 19th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC)

Thank you, will try your advice.

Mon, Nov. 19th, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)

Try use the boot from MS Windows xp or 7 setup CD. Select the repear mode. Select windows system to login.
Command prompt is displayed. Type - chkdsk c: /r
Disk check is run. Until check - reboot.

Mon, Nov. 19th, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)

as well, you could download a "rescue cd" iso, burn a copy, and see what you can see...

some thoughts: if you can boot ANYTHING else, it's likely not your motherboard / etc but the HD and/or contents... this can be a great immediate comfort, because the HD part is relatively easy, even if you have to buy a new one, ESPECIALLY if the contents were backed up or do not matter.

if your HD failed, you're going to need a new one: balance SSD with HD capacity?

if the HD contents failed - why? virus? usually, the HD failed...