Are you trying to salvage data from a dead laptop? If yes, there are several ways of going about it.
You can physically pluck the hard disk out of the laptop, then use either an IDE connector or an external USB enclosure to plug it into a second computer say a desktop. Laptop Repair Help » How to connect a laptop hard drive to a desktop computer Laptop Repair Help » Accessing notebook hard drive using USB enclosure
Alternatively, you can boot off a linux live cd, browse to the concerned hard drive and salvage your data. Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer - How-To Geek
You can also do that with other bootable devices such as thumb drives and usb drives.
OTOH, if you want help in getting the laptop to boot/work, please describe your exact problem and someone will help you.