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  1. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #11

    idgat said:
    That would suggest something more critical than just a corrupted OS and/or drive.


    Create a Linux distro USB (Mint or Puppy) and boot into that USB device (don't install, just run from the USB). Does your computer start up with that method?

    EDIT : Check the power supply - power lights on? If you can, remove the battery and just try to start up with the power connected.
    Idgat thank you very much for the reply.
    I will try to follow what you have said as I am not good at technical things.
    "Create a Linux distro USB (Mint or Puppy) and boot into that USB device".

    Thank you

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    ignatzatsonic said:
    If it's a Vista era laptop--11 to 13 years old, it likely is not worth the cost of any hardware replacement beyond a mouse or possibly RAM, unless you can do the repair yourself.

    Who knows what would be the next failure 6 months after you replace a given part?
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    ignatzatsonic thank you for the guidance.
    Exactly this is what I have been thinking that is why I asked question here.
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  2. Posts : 2,098
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #12

    Ari94 said:
    "Create a Linux distro USB (Mint or Puppy) and boot into that USB device".
    Linux is just an operating system, just like Windows is.


    You can download the ISO file from
    Download - Linux Mint - just choose the Cinnamon version, they're all the same, just different layout colours/designs


    Download a program like Rufus and run it. That will help you to create the bootable USB using the Mint ISO file.


    Insert the USB into your Vista device and startup - you may ahve to consult the manual on how to boot from an USB device.


    If your computer is capable, Mint will be installed into the memory and run. This will give an indication whether it's worthwhile trying a new drive, or not.


    How much effort you put into these diagnostic steps just depends on how much you want to try and get the Vista device to work.


    But as others have said above, sometimes it's not worth the effort, and just cut your losses
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  3. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #13

    idgat said:
    Linux is just an operating system, just like Windows is.


    You can download the ISO file from
    Download - Linux Mint - just choose the Cinnamon version, they're all the same, just different layout colours/designs


    Download a program like Rufus and run it. That will help you to create the bootable USB using the Mint ISO file.


    Insert the USB into your Vista device and startup - you may ahve to consult the manual on how to boot from an USB device.
    If your computer is capable, Mint will be installed into the memory and run. This will give an indication whether it's worthwhile trying a new drive, or not.
    How much effort you put into these diagnostic steps just depends on how much you want to try and get the Vista device to work.
    But as others have said above, sometimes it's not worth the effort, and just cut your losses
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    idgat thank you for help.
    At present to back up some files I had removed the Hard disk from the Vista laptop. Do follow your guidance I got to put the Hard drive back in the Vista laptop or just using USB will be enough?
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  4. Posts : 18,044
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #14

    Hello @Ari94,

    As has been mentioned, this is what I use more times than not . . .

     Linux Live USB/DVD

    A Linux Live USB/DVD is a good method of retrieving data from an otherwise un-bootable drive or if you are having other drive difficulties.

    Basically . . .

    [1] Download the Linux ISO - I always use Linux Mint although there are others available.
    [2] Create a Bootable USB/DVD [ media ] using Rufus for example => Rufus.
    [3] Boot the media.
    [4] Copy the files from the OS to an external HDD/SSD or USB.

    > Download Linux Mint 20 Ulyana

    I hope this helps.
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #15

    Paul Black said:
    Hello @Ari94,

    As has been mentioned, this is what I use more times than not . . .

     Linux Live USB/DVD

    A Linux Live USB/DVD is a good method of retrieving data from an otherwise un-bootable drive or if you are having other drive difficulties.

    Basically . . .

    [1] Download the Linux ISO - I always use Linux Mint although there are others available.
    [2] Create a Bootable USB/DVD [ media ] using Rufus for example => Rufus.
    [3] Boot the media.
    [4] Copy the files from the OS to an external HDD/SSD or USB.

    > Download Linux Mint 20 Ulyana

    I hope this helps.
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    Paul Black thank you for the guidance.
    Today is Sunday here, next week will be busy but I will try to do what you guys have told me so far.
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 18,044
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #16

    Ari94 said:
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    Paul Black thank you for the guidance.
    Today is Sunday here, next week will be busy but I will try to do what you guys have told me so far.
    You are VERY welcome.
      My Computer


  7. Posts : 42,517
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #17

    If it needs to be disposed of, please do not 'throw it in the trash' = landfill - which could include the battery too. Not good.

    Seek an organisation that claims to recycle electronics - in the UK there are several, some of which offer free collection e.g. from a pick-up point.
      My Computers


  8. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #18

    dalchina said:
    If it needs to be disposed of, please do not 'throw it in the trash' = landfill - which could include the battery too. Not good.
    Seek an organisation that claims to recycle electronics - in the UK there are several, some of which offer free collection e.g. from a pick-up point.
    dalchina thank you for the heads up. Japan is more stricter in these things. You are also right about the battery. "Go Green".
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  9. Posts : 2,098
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #19

    Ari94 said:
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    idgat thank you for help.
    At present to back up some files I had removed the Hard disk from the Vista laptop. Do follow your guidance I got to put the Hard drive back in the Vista laptop or just using USB will be enough?
    Because the device will boot from the USB and run from the USB, you won't need a disk/drive in the computer
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  10. Posts : 79
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #20

    idgat said:
    Because the device will boot from the USB and run from the USB, you won't need a disk/drive in the computer
    idgat thank you very much. I appreciate your help.
    Thanks for the clarification about boot from the USB.
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