My family has had this old Dell for a while and I recently wanted to see if I could fix it and hopefully copy some old family photos.
However, I know nothing about what happened to it, or how to fix it. Below is an image of the error that I got upon booting it up after a long time
As far as I know, nothing has been removed or changed since the last time it was turned on.
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Your screen shot indicates that the internal hard drive has failed. It is possible that you might still be able to use the drive to recover the data you want, but you would need to either repair this computer to a bootable condition (may need to replace the hard drive), or purchase an external drive case for a PATA/IDE drive, install the hard drive into the case, and attach the case to a USB port on a working computer.
You can also try booting to a Linux live CD and using Fedora or Ubuntu to copy the files to an external hard drive:
If you don't have the ability to burn a DVD you can always Buy a magazine with pre made UBUNTU DVD
14.04 is the latest Long term support version.
|Version||Code name||Release date||Supported until||Kernel version|
|4.10||Warty Warthog||20 October 2004||30 April 2006||2.6.8|
|5.04||Hoary Hedgehog||8 April 2005||31 October 2006||2.6.10|
|5.10||Breezy Badger||13 October 2005||13 April 2007||2.6.12|
|6.06 LTS||Dapper Drake||1 June 2006||14 July 2009||1 June 2011||2.6.15|
|6.10||Edgy Eft||26 October 2006||25 April 2008||2.6.17|
|7.04||Feisty Fawn||19 April 2007||19 October 2008||2.6.20|
|7.10||Gutsy Gibbon||18 October 2007||18 April 2009||2.6.22|
|8.04 LTS||Hardy Heron||24 April 2008||12 May 2011||9 May 2013||2.6.24|
|8.10||Intrepid Ibex||30 October 2008||30 April 2010||2.6.27|
|9.04||Jaunty Jackalope||23 April 2009||23 October 2010||2.6.28|
|9.10||Karmic Koala||29 October 2009||30 April 2011||2.6.31|
|10.04 LTS||Lucid Lynx||29 April 2010||9 May 2013||April 2015||2.6.32|
|10.10||Maverick Meerkat||10 October 2010||10 April 2012||2.6.35|
|11.04||Natty Narwhal||28 April 2011||28 October 2012||2.6.38|
|11.10||Oneiric Ocelot||13 October 2011||9 May 2013||3.0|
|12.04 LTS||Precise Pangolin||26 April 2012||26 April 2017||3.2 or newer|
|12.10||Quantal Quetzal||18 October 2012||16 May 2014||3.5|
|13.04||Raring Ringtail||25 April 2013||27 January 2014||3.8|
|13.10||Saucy Salamander||17 October 2013||July 2014||3.11|
|14.04 LTS||Trusty Tahr||17 April 2014||April 2019||3.13|
|14.10||Utopic Unicorn||23 October 2014||July 2015||TBA|