14 November 2010

Blinking cursor of death

You may have noticed a drop-off of activity lately - there is a Reason. My normally-reliable Samsung laptop has resorted to flashing a small blinking cursor at me when I try to boot up, and I can't access either my Windows 7 installation nor my Ubuntu Linux. What's more, I can't even routinely access the System Restore function, so things are pretty bad.
I live-booted from a Linux CD that I have, and that at least gives me access to the files, so they're all backed up. I'm currently running a system restore that I was able to access via the SuperGrub rescue disk that you can download, but that is not a particularly tasty piece of software, and I'm a little dubious that it's going to work. Basically, I think there is a good chance that the beastie is totally banjaxed, and I'm going to have to see if I can get a hold of a fresh Windows 7 install disk and repartition and reformat the entire hard drive and start from scratch.
So there we go - that's an exciting story, isn't it?
Anyone else ever have this, and am I doing the right thing?

And you know, boys & girls, sometimes our lives are a bit like that...


  1. Well, at least your hard drive seems to be working...

    Last time I had a problem it sounded something like, whirr, click.... whirr, click.... whirr, click....

    I hope you get it sorted.

  2. Try hitting it with a hammer if all else fails.
    You'll feel much better.

  3. Or try switching it on and off again.

    Is any of this helpful?

  4. Thanks chaps - very helpful :-)
    Managed to get it sorted with minimal data loss - files backed up, even if the structure wasn't. Funny enough, the computer now seems to run a good bit faster, so there may have been something funny going on there...