I think that’s the problem…
Mate of mine and a neighbour is a ‘scrappy’. Unusually, he’s one of the rare polite ones. Noticed a skip outside someone’ house, knocked and asked if there was anything they wanted to chuck.
They gave him two suggered lappy’s. One had a knackered keyboard, a parallel port, Win XP, no power supply or wireless, but ethernet, but has USB, so I sorted, updated and cleaned that up easy enough.
The other is a Dell Inspiron 910. 1 gig mem, nice little Atom processor @1.6, 8 gig SSD, knackered power plug, no power supply (sigh). Keyboard fine, bios fine, memory great, screen hunky dory.
However, with a bit of wiggling of a power brick I have, and wrapping the wire around the darn thing, I got it to go. Except it won’t see the SSD. Bios see’s it fine.
I’ve been able to boot into Knoppix and Kubuntu live CD’s, via an external DVD drive, get wireless working, but they don’t see the SSD, neither does a Win XP disk in recovery console.
Fixing the power prob will prob take a couple of solder dabs.
This is my first experience of SSD’s. I know it looks stuffed, but I’d appreciate any advice. Oh, and as far as I can see, the Dell diagnostics are on a ‘partition’ on the SSD (hit zero on boot), but I just get a flashing cursor.