Yep we are going to begin this blog by writing about the symptoms of the problem, and then latter on write a little about what we are doing to try so jolly well sort things out so it is once more working correctly.
Laptop is running Windows XP and also has a partition on it with Ubuntu 11.10 on it. Also, the machine is running a little program called grub that allows you, the actual user, to see as menu shortly after turning the laptop on that present you with a few choices.
The Main choices are start Unbuntu or start Windows XP.!
So whats the problem you screem…. We when Windows XP boots you the screen with the user logons on it and you can choose one and the machine starts up Windows XP. : thats when things go a little diddly sqot or tits up as many people say…!
Essentially the machine apears to boot, but when you click onto any of the icons for programs to start nothing much happens….. further , the little hourglass cursor is there a lot of the time….
So whats going on you may think…..
We thought we would cut to the chase so to speek and stop dicking about….. so we remover the hard disk it is as SATA 2 laptop drive, we attached it to a usb to sata device on a working computer, pluged in everything and…… lo and behold or Ericka…… The machine saw no disk……. nothin in my computer no auto run no nothing….. we could here the disk spinning..
So just to nail it we put a diffrent 2.5 inch hard disk on to the same USB to Sata device and immediately the computer ran autostart and tried to scan the disk for viruses using Kaspersky….. that it then i think the disk has a problem…… down to the computer shop to get a new hdd… me thinks and reinstall from the computers original dvds that we do still have…..