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Written By : Richard SchwartzCategory : 1. Life
Location : Nashua, NH

Four blue screens of death within 30 minutes on my laptop.

After taking out the hard drive and letting it cool off, it's back up and running with no apparent problems... but I think today would probably be a good day to do backups.

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1. Richard Schwartz06/19/2005 08:18:31 PM

Bah! Spoke too soon. Fifth blue screen. The analysis of the first two indicated a disk failure. The three after that are generic. I've put the hard disk into a USB housing and am doing a full backup. Will try re-formattng and a re-install... but I'm overdue for a new laptop so I'm starting to look around. Any recommendations for a model that is upgradable to 2 GB?

2. Josef06/20/2005 06:30:49 AM


what I do in such cases is booting Knoppix ( or Mepis ( from a Live-CD and see if it is really a hardware failure.
If you can reformat the HDD after the backup I would try to install Mepis on it just to make sure it works from the hard drive. This way you will be able to tell if it was Bill Gates or Michael Dell giving you such presents...


3. Richard Schwartz06/20/2005 07:56:09 AM

Backup was the more important priority at first, but I just happen to have a Knoppix CD lying around, so I'm planning on doing exactly what you're suggesting.

4. Josef06/21/2005 06:04:20 AM

Fine. If by any chance you have problem backing up the drive do not forget the freezer. Did that on several occasions and saved a friend's nerves.
BTW: If only I had a Linux Notes client...
Looks like late 2006...

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