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  1. Laptop Startup Problem

    Just got everything sorted. Turns out the hard drive was fine. We backed up the docs that I should have done already and it's been given a reset along with a few other things. Lost a lot of music but that's easily replaced. Took close to 2 hours and was only charged £40. Got another tenner to pay on Monday to sort the charging socket, the guy actually shouted out loud when he saw the state of it. Thanks again for all the advice itt.
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    With the amount of money I have to pay out this month new trainers might have to be sidelined for a while although that probably won't happen tbh.
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    My laptop has been very slow launching lately and I'll never play any games on it so don't mind being patient with a new machine which will still be much faster. I'm close to max with my 500gb drive just now which is mainly music and some boxing/tv/films which I delete as soon as I've seen them so wouldn't like to go below that.
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    I don't mind spending a bit extra if it's worthwhile. Do you think I could get something with an SSD and 1tb HDD for close to £500?
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    Anything in particular you'd recommend? Saw one with 1tb storage and the one with the most reviews 128gb ssd storage. Don't understand why people would buy something with storage as small as that but there's obviously something good about it.
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    Was looking at a Lenovo Yoga a while back but it hardly had any size of hard drive, well under 100gb iirc.
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    Didn't think it'd be a good idea. Got couple of Currys Pc world nearby, can go there tomorrow if I have to.
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    I've sorted the link now. Not bothered about a mac specifically, just thought it'd be good to support a local company like this but only if it's good value. Any recommendations for a laptop under £500 for general things like browsing, streaming, word processing?
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    @welshbairn @BigFatTabbyDave @Gaz Got an appointment tomorrow at a place in my area that's a social enterprise with an emphasis remaking/refurbishing and looking after existing equipment rather buying new items. Has a very good reputation and does free Thursday night sessions on laptop maintenance which I'll start attending. Assuming my current laptop is finished I'll be looking for something under £500 and wondered what you all thought of this refurbished MacBook at £450 that they're selling just now. I have no clue about these things at all tbh. https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Refurbished-Macbook-Pro-15-Late-2011-6gb-RaM-320gb-HDD-Charity/232605434024?rmvSB=true&ul_ref=https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5575202480&campid=5337937702&toolid=10039&customid=t%3Aitem-u%3A16401&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2F232605434024&srcrot=710-53481-19255-0&rvr_id=1417396107268&_mwBanner=1&ul_noapp=true
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    Thanks for the offer of help but I'll definitely take it to a guru. This is well out of my depth. Been meaning to replace the laptop for a long time now. I thought nothing of paying over £300 for a Bluetooth speaker last month but can't bring myself to pay an extra couple of hundred for a laptop which I need for business.
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    Thanks again for the replies. I'll take it to a place nearby that has a good reputation for laptop repairs. They mentioned that they can move my hard drive files onto an external hard drive, not sure if that's what you mean. Will probably just buy a new one tbh the signs have been there for a while that it's been failing and I've had good use from it. Glad I emailed my 16/17 accounts to somebody last week so I can at least get that in the short term for my tax return at the end of the month.
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    No problem, thanks for the advice. Had a similar problem in the past where safe mode worked, couldn't remember how to access it.
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    Thanks, launched safe mode but it just took me back into the startup repair cycle again. Will look at that link. I'm on windows 7, it's an older laptop.
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    It's been playing up for a while to be honest so am booking an appointment to get it looked at on Wednesday or will replace it if it has to be done. How do I access safe mode? This really isn't a strong point of mine! There's invoices and spreadsheets on there I could do with backing up which I should have done by now of course.
  15. My laptop went into startup repair mode this morning and gave me the option of restoring to a previous time when it was OK which worked. It's now going into startup mode again but saying that it can't repair the computer automatically. I've tried this 4 or 5 times now and seem to be stuck in a cycle of this. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have business docs on there I need to access. Any advice is much appreciated.