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Old 08-15-2006, 12:53 PM   #16
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Anyone here affected by the Dell recall? A bunch of my co-workers have to send in batteries. Apparently, the'yre being pretty serious about it since they can combust and are thus a huge threat to planes, since so many people travel with laptops now. I guess I'm lucky mine is too old
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Old 08-15-2006, 01:04 PM   #17
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no, I checked it out yesterday and mine's not affected... though I bought it within the time period and it is of a likely model.

We also have a Toshiba Satellite 4100XDVD laptop here that recently pooped out... sold in 2000 for like $3000. When you try and turn it on it says something like "insert system disk"... which might mean the hard drive is corrupted, I think. This is bad because we have many tens of thousands of artifacts catalogued on there that were never backed up.
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Old 08-15-2006, 01:11 PM   #18
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I had a computer the other day that didn't think it had a hard drive and I booted it off of some random diagnostics CD and was able to open the command prompt, run a checkdisk, and then it worked again.

Also, sometimes if you can't boot from the drive, but it's not physically damaged, you can connect it to another computer, boot that computer (off it's own HD), and then access it like any other disc drive in My Computer. That's how we retrieve really-supa-important data from HDs that otherwise refuse to boot.
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Old 08-15-2006, 10:51 PM   #19
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since we don't have a diagnostic cd... My next attempt was just to take out the hard drive and put it back in and see if that works, and then take out the hard drive and see if I can connect it to another laptop, and THEN get a little converter thingy and hook it up to one of the desktops (like you said).
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I have an IBM thinkpad I love it bought it before IBM sold
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We also have a Toshiba Satellite 4100XDVD laptop here that recently pooped out... sold in 2000 for like $3000. When you try and turn it on it says something like "insert system disk"... which might mean the hard drive is corrupted, I think. This is bad because we have many tens of thousands of artifacts catalogued on there that were never backed up.
Had this happen on my Dell Inspiron. I had thought it was a hard drive failure. I read in various tech forums that this 'failure' is pretty common and can sometimes be fixed by just popping out the hard drive and blowing the dust off the connectors. It worked for me.
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