04-05-2019, 11:58 AM
Join Date: Mar 2015
OS: XP service pack 3
Not sure if this is hardware -- or I need Linux help -- or something different.
Totally stumped on my second HDD to SDD swap. (Thanks for all the help yesterday on laptop upgrade -- laptop running beautifully!)
I am trying to salvage my mom's Samsung DP500A2D all-in-one PC. It should be running Win 8, but will not boot. Originally, would go into infinite reboot loop and display "Diagnosing Your PC" and "Attempting to Repair."
Months ago, I was able to get it to boot into Linux Mint from a USB thumb drive and saved the data. She took it to Best Buy and got it working for a while. When it died again, she bought new PC rather than pay to repair and gave the Samsung to me.
Have finally now decided to install an SSD drive and was hoping that cloning the existing drive MIGHT salvage the OS (probably long-shot).
Now, on attempting to boot from the hard drive, it just displays: "All boot options are tried. Press <F4> key to recover with factory image using Recovery or any other keys for next boot loop iteration."
Nothing happens when I press F4 other than quick blanking of screen and then re-display of that message.
Tried to boot from EaseUS Todo Backup Emergency disk -- both CD and USB. Neither worked. Can still boot from Linux Mint USB.
But I don't have any real Linux experience and cannot figure out how to use EaseUS via Linux, if that's even possible.
I have SSD drive to install and would prefer to use the original OS, if possible. Thus my hope to clone the original drive.
I could install and learn to use Linux, but this PC has touch screen capability and wireless keyboard and mouse -- and I am clueless about whether they would work if I installed Linux Mint. (They work when booting off the USB, but is that because proper drivers are still on the HDD somewhere?)
Can you suggest best path to take? Thank you!