So I get home from work today and notice my monitor is looking pretty funky. I degauss, no good. I (following online instructions) unplug monitor from PC and turn on. The ‘self-test’ indicates monitor working properly.
I plug it back in and manually turn on PC.
And damn it if it I don’t get a black screen, flashing cursor in the upper left-hand corner that makes me think it’s working, only to spit out “Error loading OS”. I put in my Windows Upgrade CD and it tells me that no previous version of Windows can be found.
Great. My Dell is over 5 years old, and in anticipation of a meltdown about a year ago I had installed a second 180 GB hard drive, which I copied a bunch of files over in case something like this happened. Am on the girlfriend’s (Mafalda) laptop now.
Is my original harddrive toast or what? How could I tell?