I have a Dell Latitude E6400. It crashed one day and I haven't been able to get back despite racking my head with the multitude of possible fixes.
Using the Windows system repair disk, I can get through that option on the boot menu, but when it gets to the loading screen of the dove and branch, there are no windows from which to select language or start system repair. It just sits there.
Using the diagnostics, I've gotten error 2000-0142 http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kcs/document?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&docid=266787#HDD
which is a HDD error. (I fear it is hardware related and I'm merely here covering my bases).
Additionally, I've used a couple different Linux usb keys and couldn't mount the drive.
Advice, sympathy, hard truth, let me hear it, thanks for your help.