[personal profile] annulla
I need some advice. A couple of days ago I found a computer. Yep, found it.

One of my neighbors tossed a Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop and the AC adaptor on top of the recycling bin. When I spotted it, I picked it up and took a look. The case was kind of beat up but not really damaged.

I opened the lid. I thought that the screen would be broken, but it wasn't even cracked, so I brought it home. I guessed that the keys would be broken or missing, but they were all there. I assumed that the battery would be dead, but it turned right on.

So, I turn it on, see the Windows XP start up screen, watch the little bar start moving across the bottom and then -- up comes a a long, long, long string of error messages that end with the appearance of the Blue Screen of Death which says:

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.


If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows updates you might need.

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8237DAF8, 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)


I searched all over for an answer but couldn't find one.

I guess sometimes it is good to be a bit of a packrat because I had a 3.5" floppy drive with a laptop adaptor stashed away in the closet.

I also recalled that in the olden days, we used to create a "boot disk" when we got new computers, so I dug around and found one the floppy drive a a boot disk for Windows 95.

I plugged the floppy drive into the computer, stuck the boot disk in and turned it on.

Voila! The machine booted up from the floppy (the A drive) and has no problem reading the boot disk.

However, when I tried to switch to the C drive ... file not found. It isn't reading the C drive. What now?

Is it a disaster? Was the person who threw it away doing the only thing that could be done?

Or, is it fixable? Or, would it cost a fortune to find out?

All help & suggestions muchly appreciated.
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