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a b D Laptop
January 14, 2013 1:37:34 PM

Hello, my packard bell will not switch on it gets to the menu where i can press f8 for safe mode etc after this it restarts and does them same steps this makes a clicking noise while doing it

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January 14, 2013 1:42:47 PM

why did this problem start happening ? did you recently switched off the computer directly from the mains rather than shutting down first ? did you try the windows startup reapair tool
January 14, 2013 2:04:19 PM

clicking = broken hard drive most times, hence windows will not start
you do have access to a pc though as your here so my advice is as follows
1. download ubuntu live cd from here cant see the link but guides there so it wont be far

2 burn it to dvd or usb stick
3 put in broken pc go to bios set boot to dvd or usb (whatever you burned to)
4 all being well the cd is now your harddrive and you will have access if the drivwe works at all top back up inportant files and such also you have a working pc for browsing etc. untill you can replace the drive