My laptop was on, just sitting there. I came to look at it and had the Blue Screen of death, with the "Dumping Physical Memory" message, so I turned it off. A little while later when I tried to reboot, all I got was the black screen/white writing... "media test failure, check cable" "op system not found". Went through the BIOS and put the HD 1st in the BOOT menu... still no luck.
I opened up the HDD slot on the back, and "wiggled" it and tried to push it together. Sure enough, everything works.
Now I have had this happen in the past, and I ended up taking it to a computer repair shop. I remember them telling me something about the connection with the hard drive, which is why I opened it up and gave it a wiggle. I also remember them saying something about my fan being quirky... not sure if this has any direct affect on my problems.
Anyway, is this a problem with the hard drive itself?...and replacing it would be a good idea? Or is it something else I should be looking into?
It's an older(2004ish) Gateway laptop, so I know it's getting old. I just don't really use it for anything demanding, and would like to keep it functioning as long as possible.
Thanks for any help!