Originally Posted by rosalindr
It's a Presario S3000NX. I'm not able to get past the message windows root\system32\ha1.dll is missing. So I'm going to take it to be recycled tomorrow.
Please dont throw it! It will have its revival with LINUX or give it to a poor person.
Do you have a CDROM? you could perhaps boot from there (after you made the setup in the BIOS)
No CDROM? no problem. Do you have a bootable USB? see if the BIOS can boot from USB.
No bootable USB setup in the BIOS? no problem.
You can certainly open the PC and have access to the IDE connectors?
Please let me know what you have in your old box.
Depending of the answer
a) CDROM can boot? you could ask a friend or a computer shop to burn KNOPPIX ISO on a CD; take version 6.2 or before (or buy it; very cheap). Then you can boot from the CDROM
b) USB can boot in your box? install KNOPPIX on an USB (for making it bootable) or buy an USB with KNOPPIX
c) only an IDE connector?
-> buy a compact flash card (>2GB) approx 10 Euros
-> buy an USB-Compactflash adapter approx 5 Euros
-> buy an IDE adapter for compact flash card aprox 20 Euros
-> ask a friend or a shop to install KNOPPIX on USB+Compact Flash (easy on KNOPPIX 6.2)
-> put your compactflash + IDE adapter into your PC and boot from there (BIOS setting must be correctly done; easy job)
THATS IT! you can then scan your scratched HDD with programs. But here I must say I dont know which one.
If you are in Stuttgart, come around here, we will do it quick together (maximum 2 hours)