I was searching for my problem on google and came across this site and this thread specifically.
I read all of the information and couldn't really fix my problem; so that brings me to this thread!
Computer is a Toshiba laptop, Celeron M 1.5 GHz Processor, 512 MB Ram. Yesterday when I started the computer, it got to the Windows XP Boot screen and then crashed. It looked like there were almost like 3 or 4 screen behind it that flashed instantaneously when it did crash. The computer then automatically turns back on and does it again, endlessly.
So I have a Toshiba Recovery and Applications CD that I guess installs Windows. I never actually got a retail XP disc so this is what I have used when I reformat. This brings me to a Norton something or other (I can't get back in now) it has a picture of a ghost with a progress bar telling me its copying files. After that process, I took out the cd, pressed a key to continue and still the black screen with cursor.
I downloaded an ISO of puppy linux and got it to boot, no problem. I click on drives on the desktop and then click the little drive icon next to "hda1 57.2G ntfs". Red box with error:
The ntfs-3g driver was unable to mount the NTFS partition and returned this error message:
Failed to write lock '/dev/hda1': Resource temporarily unavailable
Error opening partition device:Resource temporarily unavailable
Failed to startup volume:Resource temporarily unavailable
Failed to mount '/dev/hda1':Resource temporarily unavailable
So, the inbuilt kernel NTFS driver has been used to mount the partition read-only."
So I click okay. The drive icon is now green so I click.
"FAILURE! In the case of removable media, the most common reason is the media is not currently inserted. If so, please remedy.
Is it safe to say its a hard drive failure? Also, if I get a new hard drive, can I even use that recovery CD that came with the computer? Thanks for the help.