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Old 05-02-2004, 01:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I (am stupid) took a ghost image file (.gho) from my stationary computer and loaded it to my notebook.
Starting up the notebook, it only came to 'Loading windows 98...', then locked up. I tried this many times.
Now, unfortunately, battery is dead and it won't even run/start with AC adapter.
Have I killed it?

Note: The graphic card and sound card etc. are different between my stationary and the notebook. Different computer all together.

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Old 05-02-2004, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ghost totally overwrites disks. Youve screwed your HDD. Youre gonna have to format and reinstall your OS.
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Old 05-02-2004, 03:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I know, but that's no problem. What I wonder is, is it possible to PHYSICALLY DAMAGE any components doing what I did. Something that is irrecoverable?
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No. Like I said, ghost overwrites disks. If you format and reinstall youre fine.

Software can rarely physically damage a computer...
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I never thought ghost itself did any damage to my notebook. But, what I know very little about (nothing?), is when win98 tries to load, it has info about devices etc. in the registry/config.sys/autoexec.bat. What happens then? Is the OS sending small amounts of current to these devices/IRQ/DMA/ports (which don't exist). Couldn't that do any damage?
As I said, I DON'T know how this works.

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no Ghost cannot physically damage your hard disk or any other hardware.
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