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I can turn it on, but all I get are three green lights (shift,capitals,numlock).

It doesn't even get to a bios check, hard drive doesn't kick in, black screen, nothing.

So far I've changed motherboard & cpu.

Please any suggestions before I throw it out the window?!


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  • theotherhs Oct 09, 2008

    Hi, Thanks.

    And no, no recovery disk, don't know if that would help anyway as nothing powers up at all, disc drive included so couldn't get a disk to run anyway!

  • capuccino7 Oct 21, 2008

    Exactly the same problem for me... But I dont want to through it out yet!! I'll try to boot it from a recovery disk, but I have the feeling it wont work... as Theotherhs said nothing seems to work.. only the fan and 3 green lights. Not even the Compaq splash screen appeared...

    Thanks for any suggestion!!

  • dagamer5 Oct 29, 2008

    It happened to me too. I think there's a bad connection somewhere inside that's stopping it from turning on except for the three lights. I looked but didn't find anything. The Floppy disk and CD Rom drives dont start so a recovery disk wont help. It could be something to do with the bios.



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It happened to me and I went on the HP site and found how to fix it. Under the keyboard you can find the ram. If you take out the battery and disconnect it from the mains, then take the ram out and put it back in again, it can sometimes solve the problem. If not then there's something wrong with something else inside it.

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Open the window you have a recovery disk handy

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