felinefan wrote:That should also apply to kitten mill operators, animal abusers, and people to raise dogs and cats for food. Oh, and wildlife poachers.
No, wildlife poachers should have their teeth pulled or nose cut off, the be left outside to bleed out and die. But then the cartoon's solution.
Okay, back to my ailing pooter: Good news--it went all the way to 100% on updating. Bad news--it shuts off without finishing....
Okay, swinging in the dark here, but I see three options:
1. Your restore software is defective and you'll need expert help and a new computer.
2. You have a defective hard drive. This can be tested (and possibly repaired) with a program like SpinRite, if you can find someone with a copy. You could also put in a new hard drive, then transfer your data. The latter might require you installing the old hard drive in a desktop temporarily, so not a trivial answer either.
3. You have a defective motherboard. Given the symptoms, I doubt this is memory or CPU, more likely the accessory circuits that aren't available for test and repair. This means a new computer, if true. Unfortunately, this is essentially impossible to prove except by eliminating all else.
None of these are good news for someone with limited computer skills and money. I suggest you find a local computer users group and ask for their help. Most geeks delight in being asked technical questions, and one may even have a spare hard drive to offer.
Given a choice a "PC" user group is likely to be more help than a "Windows" user group. Just my experience. Fortunately, you live in a geek-rich environment, so there should be several to choose from.
One other possibility to help you narrow down the problem is to get your hands on a Linux live boot disk. This will install Linux on your computer without touching your hard drive. If that comes up and runs, it points the guilty finger at your hard drive (or software). If that doesn't run either, then you know it's your motherboard and it's new-computer-time. A Linux users group would certainly have these available.