When this happens, all HDD activity stops. Gets into Safe Mode, but the same happens after a few mins. Same for Last Known Good Config. Repair with Vista disk says no problems. Fan clear and runs at normal speed. Any thoughts please?
For info, it's now booted all the way but, again, frozen - cursor can be moved, but mouse buttons have no effect and the HDD light is out.
Possibly the Power Supply?
Done a chkdsk?
Power supply as far as I can tell. Check disk - I'm trying to that, but it tends to freeze before I can organise it!
Power supply OK as far as In can tell - this is a laptop.
Have you tried on mains and without battery? Rather a longshot tho!
Yes, running like that now. Think I'll try to extract the data from the disk, then try a fresh install.
Can you put the disc in a caddy and run a check on it?
Well done Woolwell!
Connected HDD to another PC and ran a chkdsk on that drive. Reinstalled in laptop and, at the moment, all is well. Will report back later when I've had a chance to run further checks.
But there may be a catch - does this indicate that the drive is on it way out?
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