Hey gang, my HP laptop is about 3 years old. It is running XP and until last Thursday I have had 0 problems from it.
I had an icon(yellow shield w/ 0% in it) in the start panel that said windows updates 0% complete. I clicked it, and it did nothing. I then went to windows update online, and it said there were a few and some .net frame gibberish that was 298m. I allowed all of it except the .net stuff, as I wasn't going to wait for it. It finished the installs, and asked to reboot. I said later and went on with checking emails and my normal sites. (XDTalk, DefCarry, LEO related stuff)
Well one of my emails was from Wiley X. It was the new price list and catalog. I d/l the pdf files and tried to open the price list. Yahoo said the file was ok to d/l.
BLUE SCREEN of death. At first I didn't think much about it since I am running Prevx, and it has caught something and done that before, but that was from Limewire. Normally if Prevx catches it, when it restarts Prevx pops up with a warning and starts to work on clearing out whatever it was.
Well, this time the computer just restarted, and everything seemed to go back to normal. So I start Firefox, and wait to see what happens. It comes up with the restore previous session or start new. I restored and sites started opening like normal.
I didn't think anything was wrong. I went back to the .pdf from Wiley X and it opened right up. I chalked it up to electronic quirk. Well, I tried to open the catalog.pdf from Wiley X, and it started all over again. Blue Screen..... restart no PRevx, this time I tried opening FF and it opened to a new page. Lost all my previously opened sites.
Shortening this story... yes I know it's long..I am trying to avoid too many questions....
I now have an injured hard drive or atleast some window file is missing. If I start the QuickPlay without firing up the computer, it will start the player,and even shows a Windows startup screen, and then I can find all of my music files, and they will play.
I know the hard drive is working. This computer does not use the F10 recovery. I tried and it just comes upto Phoenix BIOS. I reset the date, but no use.
I do not have startup discs for this as I bought it as a Demo unit from BB back in 07. They handed me the laptop and the power cord. That was all. They throw the boxes away, and all accessories apparently. At least that is what I was told by the manager.
Ok so I see some chance of recovering this drive. Or atleast the data from it.
I also got a call from a friend yesterday and he described the same scenario, except he only did the Windows Update and a restart. THEN, my GF told me 2 computers at her work (govt) have been rebuilt this week after the same thing happened. Windows Update to death.
BTW, if Ihave to buy a new laptop, or hard drive, my AR15 purchase that was ordered in Aug 2008 will have to be passed over forever. Do I have to tell you all how much that will hurt?