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Hardware problem? Diagnostic test? Assistance please

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Toshiba Satellite L305-S5944
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Wasnt sure if i should post it here, but i figured it might be a hardware problem.

Friend lent me their laptop to fix, but this time i am defeated. Tried installing windows vista after backing up the files on another computer. So the hard drive works correctly, i think? As i was moving files, some of them didnt transfer correctly, got an "io error". (Using a VIA 6421 to transfer the files to my hard drive) I didnt think it was the hard drive acting screwie, thought the laptop had a virus or something, so i wiped the hard drive and installed a clean windows vista home premium. After the install it tried to boot, but was stuck on a blank screen after the windows vista loading screen. The mouse cursor was present and i could move the cursor around a bit, tried restarting a few times and ended up getting a fatal error (BSOD) Tried reinstalling a few times and still the same thing happened with the blank screen. but no bsod.

So i tried going to windows xp, and the cd didnt even finish loading before i got another BSOD, which is strange, it wasnt even in windows and i got BSOD. Well, i got to wrap this up, its late, got school tomorrow.

So right now im just going to ask this forum if you know any way i can scan the laptop for problems, any freeware out there you think is useful for this situation?
If you have any suggestions, please leave a reply.


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