Well, my Windows 7 laptop has been dead for a while, but now I want to see if it can be fixed.
The laptop no longer recognizes the hard drive. I checked in the BIOS settings, and it shows there being no hard drive whatsoever. I opened the laptop up and made sure nothing was broken; nothing was. I pulled the hard drive out, and neither the hard drive or the connectors are showing any external damage.
My theory is that it's suffered some sort of internal damage. It was already giving me bad sector warnings and BSODs before the incident happened.
Another theory popped into my head. The motherboard might be going out, as one of the RAM chips that came default with it started causing it to freeze, but removing it would allow the computer to run properly. But one thing that goes against this idea is that I can still run Linux distros off of my USB drive.
Do you think either of these are the cause? Or do you all have any other ideas that might explain it and/or make it run off the hard drive again?
Oh yea. Specs:
Dell Latitude D600.
Hitachi Travelstar 40GB 5400rpm HDD
I'll look for the motherboard sometime soon.
Thanks for your support in advance.