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« on: January 01, 2005, 05:40:25 PM »

Operating System Version:Win95
Problem Application Name & Version:
Problem Hardware Make & Model:Texas Inst/Acer Extensa
Error Messages:None

Greetings, I have had the unit for several years and the system will not come up. On start up, memory is ok, then the drive turns on and makes several rattles, like a marble in a coke bottle, drive goes off and then back on for about 15 sec and at times the rattle is about 5 sec long.
 I used the start up floppy and it does display A:\and a dir displays the files.
 I have a recovery CD and tried it and after quite some time it will display a menu to perform a restore, after entering the Drive Image #, it continues and displays the amount of time, etc and then begins and displays 1 file written, but durning the process, the hard drive continues to start up, rattles and shuts down continuously for about 15 minutes and then a display of 'error reading disk'.
 Upon start up depressing the F2 displays the floppy and Hard Disk (no C is dislayed), shows 1374MB, cylinders, heads and sector numbers.
 I have even tried Fdisk from the floppy but it displays an error so it appears the hard drive has had it?
   Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 I have removed all the screws on the back side of the laptop and still unable to remove the back cover to get to the drive. Can not figure what is still holding the back cover, so any suggestion to get the back cover off would also help because a friend has an extra laptop hard drive, may not fit?
 Thanks for suggestions, confirmation of the hard drive problem and also getting the back cover off.

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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2005, 05:56:42 PM »

Usually when something makes that kind of sound, it would indicate that the bearings are gone in the drive. I'd say the drive has had it.

As for getting the back cover off, there may be a panel just under where the screen joins onto the base of the laptop, this can can be removed by prying it off with a small screwdriver, there might be a couple of screws under here that are still holding on the back panel.

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