Hi, I've been delaying work on this issue because of the risk that it could format the drive. But now I have time and I'm prepared to work on it. I first wanted to try less invasive procedures, so I just loaded from a 120 mb vista recovery cd and saw that system restore and complete pc restore wouldn't help. Next I'm going to follow the procedure you suggested.
I should also mention that my esc key stopped working recently. Probably because of water condensing and dripping down from the ice tray I have to put on the keyboard. I put a strong cooling pad underneath the laptop, but it doesn't help, and the laptop overheats anyway. So sometimes I put the ice tray on top as well. Although I put tissues underneath the ice tray to absorb the moisture, apparently it's not enough to stop some of it from leaking.
By the way, I appreciate that you're so involved in helping me fix this.
ALT+F10 doesn't seem to work. Also, I cannot find the Advanced tab in BIOS. There is however, an option called disk to disk recovery, and it's enabled.
Edited by ncvx, 24 June 2011 - 11:21 PM.