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The laptop doesn't boot up always.

Okay, so, in a short summary... The laptop boots up only sometimes. I switch on the AC power and it shows that the battery is charging. When I switch it on, it shows the HP logo and then goes black. Sometimes, it loads Windows and goes black. Sometimes it shows the pointer for a while after that before going black.

If I shut it down directly, it shows the options to start normally or repair. If I switch it off after booting Windows and going black, it shows the options for Safe Mode.

I have also noticed that the battery stops charging in this process, and the next time I restart the AC power, it shows it is charging. I noticed this problem and tried to remove the battery at startup. After that, it booted up quite correctly. Then I slid the battery in.

How to get rid of all this?

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I would try the following:
1. Remove the battery completely. If the computer boots properly several times in a row, then the battery may be causing the power supply to do strange things.
2. If you have experience removing laptop components, try removing the hard drive. Because you say the screen goes black (I assume the system powers off) sometimes after the HP logo, I doubt its Windows or a software issue.
3. If HP has a diagnostic CD you can boot to, try that.
4. It may be the power supply acting up. If it charges the battery, and if you can boot to Windows with the battery, try getting a new power supply.
5. Otherwise, it may be the motherboard of the laptop.

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