I'm a db dev & vba programmer, very active on Stack Overflow, but Windows 10 boot/hardware stuff is out of my comfort zone.
I have an Acer E551 laptop with Windows 10. A few months ago it had a hard disk corrupt-sectors issue, eventually fixed (basically had to run
CHKDSK /R /F /X a few dozen times) and it's been fine for months until now.
Now, it again won't boot, but won't even let me get to the Windows startup options so that I can try
CHKDSK or Safe Boot, etc. It just gives me the "spinning circle" and eventually a black screen with the hard drive LED solid.
I tried leaving it on the black screen for hours; no change.
I tried rebooting 3x holding shift (repeatedly) to force repair, and it will say it's gathering info for startup repair but again ends up on the black screen.
Sadly this is my only machine right now. I am using a USB stick with Ubuntu 17.04 running off the stick, which is the only way I can post this question. :-(
Is there a way to "force" the Windows Startup Repair or Windows command prompt for other troubleshooting, perhaps via Ubuntu?
Repair/replacement is not an option at this time. Any advice is appreciated.