ive had this laptop 2 weeks an now its the same spec as my old one that broke (altho this came with xp on it and a single core processor,dont know why but it never failed to start) So i put my t5750 dual core 2 in it and 2gb memory. My last one was quite fast an never had a problem till the little accident. I also had a 320gb harddrive,in this one it is a 250 seagate.
So after receiving it and puttig my processor in it i used my Vista discs and installed it and its all upto date.
But every now and then (even after not using it all day) it wont boot past the Dell logo,the screen stays black and is really frustrating me.,will take over half an hour of turning off and back on to try get it to boot up.
Can someone help? is it the cpu failing or harddrive?
Since you are able to get to the Dell logo, you can be assured the CPU is working since the logo shows after the system has finished it's POST (Power on Self Test). The most likely scenario here is that the hard drive is failing - Try using your 320GB HDD in there if it's operable.
December 18, 2012 9:15:44 PM
are yo sure its the harddrive? cos when this laptop arrived it had xp on it and a single core processor in it and it never failed to start. it should hav come wth vista so i installed vista to get everytin working,webcam,dvd etc
My 320gb harddrive i think is corrupt,im trying to get my files off it (see my other post)
my t5750 cpu is nearly 5 years old,would that matter?. I can get a new drive but is spendig if i dnt need to so have to be sure.
Hi,i did a test this mornig via f12 and has just finished the full test and restarted up straight away no probs....during the short test it failed on harddrive?:
error code: 0142
msg error code: 2000-0142
harddrive 1 short test: unsuccessful fail
This is strange because when i did the test late lastnight nothing was found during the short test
This was on the 40GB? I'm beginning to think it may be a hard drive controller issue. Three different HDD's having issues on the same machine is just a little too coincidental I think. I'll research that possibility some.
If I don't respond back in a day or two, bump this as a reminder to me