I am working on a friend's computer (Dell Inspiron 1525 3 yrs old) and it won't boot. I've tried reinstalling Windows Vista to no avail and it won't boot from the cd either. I am now running a DST short test on the hard drive and it has been reading "Status: Attempting to start" and 0% complete for over an hour now. Not even an error code. Just won't even go. I think the hard drive is shot. Anybody else have a different opinion or avenue I could take to try to diagnose? Am going to try to boot from Ubuntu on a thumb drive once I download it, but it will take me a while to get around to doing that because of time constraints. Ideas are welcome!