BSOD and DVD drive not working on Dell laptop

  kiwinerd 02:45 24 Jun 2009

Hi there, this is my first post.
I ran Disk Check (Chkdsk) on a well used Dell Inspiron 8600. This gave the BSOD and the laptop will not boot into Windows XP anymore. Unfortunately the DVD drive isn't working. I can access the BIOS & bootscreen where gave the option to boot from a USB stick. I tried this technique for creating a Bootable XP USB stick:
click here

All went as described but did not boot from the 2 USB sticks I tried. Whether it was the sticks or my own muckups I don't know.
Is it possible to access the laptop harddrive from my desktop throught ethernet or usb? Can anyone please offer a solution or point me in the right direction?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:39 24 Jun 2009

What error message on BSOD?

can you tap F8 during boot and boot to safe mode?

  kiwinerd 00:52 25 Jun 2009

Hey Fruit Bat, thanks for the reply. I just managed to fix it last night. In a fit of pseudo nerd rage I took the dvd player out, took it to pieces & reassembled it. Somehow this let it read dvd-rw discs but not my original XP install disc. I made a boot disc using UBCD4Win it worked! After running a mixture of utilities I was able to boot back into XP. Yay!

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