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If your laptop appears to boot up and the hard disk LEDflashes, then the problem is probably a back light fault. This can be a faultyinverter or a faulty CCFL lamp. Please click on this link and follow myinstructions to identify the fault and possible fix :-
You can download the drivers from the Compaq/HP WEBsupport/download page. Make sure you select your model laptop and the XP or VistaWindows version of the drivers you require and install them. Click on this linkto download the drivers: - www.compaq.com/country/cpq_support.html
It sounds like you do have an overheating problem. When the laptop is running, peek inside the vent on the side or bottom of the laptop and determine if the fan is running. If it is running slow or completely stoped, that is your issue and it should be replaced by a local repair shop.
If the fan seems to be running fine, you may be able to deal with the problem and extend the life of the laptop a little by buying a laptop "cooling pad" which will have cooling fans of its own.
You can download the drivers from the Compaq/HP WEB support/download page. Make sure you select your model laptop and the XP or Vista Windows version of the drivers you require and install them. Click on this link to download the drivers: - www.compaq.com/country/cpq_support.html