Will not boot at all from any CD
Posted 10 May 2013 - 06:56 AM
Its important to know if the machine have a dedicated graphic card or on-board with shared memory.
Edited by SleepyDude, 10 May 2013 - 06:56 AM.
Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:04 AM
I mean who would trust a manufacturer who also makes steam irons and washing machines lol.
Anyway enough of the levity, 99% of laptops have integrated graphics so to me it's that or a fault with the motherboard.
See what Sleep Dude has to say though first.
Posted 10 May 2013 - 09:54 AM
I did, I always get them mixed up. It's a Philips Freevents
Can you find the exact model?
How did you test the memory?
Posted 10 May 2013 - 09:56 AM
Posted 10 May 2013 - 05:43 PM
Posted 11 May 2013 - 05:58 AM
I've nailed it down to missing SATA drivers. Can't boot from USB/floppy so will try Vista. Hopefully that works as the laptop is made for it. Its a Philips Freeevents H12Y.
Good to know. In you case if I had a Windows 7 license I would ditch Vista.
Edit: In case you need some Drivers for the machine check this page it seems the Philips machines are Twinhead re-branded!
Edited by SleepyDude, 11 May 2013 - 06:00 AM.
Posted 11 May 2013 - 06:05 AM
Posted 11 May 2013 - 06:21 AM
Posted 11 May 2013 - 06:52 AM
Look for any "SATA" setting in BIOS and make sure that they are set to IDE or Compatibility mode and not AHCI, at least while installing the OS.
Posted 11 May 2013 - 06:58 AM
There is no option to change to IDE in the BIOS. This has a SATA hard drive which is weird for a laptop of this age, thats where the problems are. It was too advanced for its own good and has an old BIOS.
I've just took the hard drive out and tried to boot from Ubuntu Live CD.. still hangs. Does that not rule out hard drive? Ive seen that article but I cant stick drivers on using nLite or vLite because they're .EXE and it needs .INF. Could it have short circuited? The person who owns the laptop said the wires we're hanging out the charger so they replaced it.
This laptop has a SATA hard drive which was quite rare for a laptop this old to have one. But still it should still work when I boot from a live CD without a hard drive in? I've reset BIOS, cleared MBR, everything. I'm beginning to think its the motherboard, somethings short circuited from the dodgy charger. What happened, is the laptop ran out of charge and went off, plugged charged in and it made a popping noise. It's used to hang when starting windows so I formatted the hard drive and it still hangs on CDs etc.
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