Someone handed me his old laptop, which had a dead battery (i.e. if you remove the power cord, it immediately stops. The battery holds no charge whatsoever), the computer was full of viruses and wouldn't boot. I changed the hard drive and put the original hard disc asside to recover the guy's files for him. It booted up fine from various linux live DVDs, and from a copy of XP. But it wouldn't boot from the manufacturer's master recovery CD. I've checked the CD on another machine, and it's fine. The machine's internal drive is fine as it boots from other CDs Any ideas anybody? It's a Packard Bell R4604 by the way.