The mount command is plain wired was showing
and other entries
The disk was unable even to get its partition table to a fresh state. I decided to pass to a firm where they also confirmed the disk was terminated.
So it was time to buy a new laptop. I cant buy HP for reasons noted here (my blog). Lenovo looked nice but then i run into compatibly issues. Asus make some interesting stuff but there is not a lot in it and no linux so it looks like i am sticking with linux.
I found a an ideal laptop if a little pricey so i decided to look at android netbooks. There is a lot of 2.2 about still and 4 is not big on netbooks. The chinese stuff looks interesting but has shit reviews and seems to conk out after six months.
In the end i found a no os laptop from a little known supplier and rang them up to see about spare parts. Within a minute i through to a human and they knew about it and got me an answer.
I know you cannot do that at HP.
I sort of found an interesting non brand android tablets so it does pay to go beyond the seo promoted big brands and three month boxes.
Alas it did not have a wired connection to a network and would have needed some exploring. So there is some interesting stuff in android land but you do have to look.
So having found a unit i add some items and then the unit with no os is then out of stock. I have to start again.
I dont want to pay Microsoft for crap, and eventually find a custom pc builders and get a system that is cheaper but with the same feature set.
After a few days i decide to go with this.