I have a 7-8 year old Vostro running windows XP SP3. Rcvd the dreaded BSOD yesterday with error code 07e. Today on start up it said I have a windows config 32 corruption & I need to use the recovery CD. I went to use the CD but realized I had another disk in the internal drive & it did not want to eject. I finally got it out by re-starting the computer ( I had to pull the battery cuz it will not shut off any other way at this point) & just holding down the eject button.
I think I then made the mistake of putting in the recovery CD at that point...but nothing happened just black screen. I shut it down again, restarted & pushed the power button. Power lights up & the "can" symbol next to it lights up as well as the three Lock-type symbols near it but NOTHING else happens, I can't even get to the Dell screen. I can't get the disk to eject again either.
I was thinking of manually ejecting the disk with a paper clip but I thought I would post this & get some help before messing up this machine anymore than it already is. I know this machine is old & it's had a very useful life but I need to get some pictures off of it before it goes to the big laptop graveyard. Yes, I know I should have backed up the pictures knowing this would happen but it kept running so darn well I figured it still had more life in it....my mistake.
Can anyone help me restore this thing or is this now a paperweight????