04-28-2006, 01:09 PM
My kids use our old laptop to play games with [they are 5 and 3], but now and then we can't get it going, and it says cannot find hard drive and cannot find the optic drive.It was sent to a friend who is a computer wizz [geek,/] and when he started it up it worked ok. Also can you run a second screen from a laptop?
04-29-2006, 03:11 AM
2nd screen? yes...if it has a VGA port details (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://support.axiolearning.org/images/kyc/desktop/vga.jpg&imgrefurl=http://support.axiolearning.org/kyc-desktop-back-vga.php&h=240&w=220&sz=14&tbnid=w33zrVETJtBEEM:&tbnh=104&tbnw=95&hl=en&start=5&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dvga%2Bport%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DN)
Or you can get a USB video card and try that (Example (http://www.everythingusb.com/tritton_see2_usb_2.0_svga_adapter.html))
As for the errors -- hard to diagnose without having it front of me, but likely causes:
-loose cable inside
-bad/failing hard drive
It boils down to: something simple or something REALLY expensive
04-30-2006, 01:05 AM
Thanks for the help Celt.
I am still trying to use my own resources, and another suggestion is that it cannot start up because of the Bios settings. I'll do some more research into this.