On 9 Dec 2005, at 18:29, Timothy Murphy wrote:
>>> Remove the HDD, does it POST?
>>>> My very question Conor - can we split the 100 quid? It's entirely
>> possible that an older laptop might have a hissy fit if presented with
>> a disk it doesn't like, where doesn't like could be one of a few
>> e.g. size, status (master/slave/CS) ? Of course it could simply have
>> been dying, and the replacement hard disk was the final indignity.
>> Actually, the new hard disk is identical to the old one.
OK - so that should remove that as a worry.
> But shouldn't the SONY logo come up anyway, even if there is no hard
> disk at all in the machine?
I'd expect it to, but it could be designed otherwise - perverse IMHO
but not impossible, and we are talking about Sony.
> I assumed it was just between the internal battery and the BIOS.
> Someone suggested to me that there might be a "faulty microswitch",
Perhaps he's assuming that there's a microswitch which detects the
presence of a harddisk and the PC won't start without it. Again,
possible but perverse.
> but that didn't add much to my knowledge.
I think you're going to have to find that student, and he'd better be
handy with a screwdriver too.
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