A friend brought me a laptop with an unknown history. Its Intel Celeron Vista Basic... beyond that I dont know what's in the machine. When I try to turn it on it goes from the TOSHIBA screen where I can boot to an error message relating to winload.exe status 0xc00000e9 I/O error. I insert my vista repair disc, boot to cd, I get the green/yellow scrolling bar at the bottom, then the same black screen. I get the same result with a Vista install disc. I've used the repair and install discs before, so they work. I tried an XP disc, and it starts loading, I get the blue setup screen, it loads all the files, then goes to "setup is starting windows" then I get a blue screen of death, stop: 0x0000007b. For fun, I tried to install Mac osx for x86. When it asks me where to install Leopard, there are no options available. Is this a hardware issue?
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do you have a linux live cd to try ,if it works it would ruel out hardware for the most part ,but it runs from the cd and ram ,so it sould be a bad harddrive .
ubuntu linux ,burn it to disk ,and when booting to the disk …