We've done it again! This time we biked from Petra in Jordan up to Nazareth in Israel, to raise money for the Nazareth Hospital CT Scanner appeal. Nazareth is the largest Arab town in Israel, but they still don't have a dedicated Stroke Unit to cope with this devastating condition and major cause of death. Click here to find out more, and please help this fantastic cause. Thanks!

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...