Most laptops keep the hard drive on the bottom side. There is a cover screwed over the area with usually 2 screws, the cover is identified by the typical 3 disc stacked symbol. In some cases the hard drive slides out of the side, still being held by two screws, some even slide of the front and you must remove 2 rubber stoppers to uncover the screw holes. Each location usually has the hard drive symbol I described eariler. Hope this helps!
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Sounds to me like the hard drive has gone out on it.
If you turn the laptop over you will see a couple panels that can be removed... There will be one that has what looks like a circle type design by it that indicates hard drive access... If you cannot find this icon its not a big deal as the screws are just phillip head screws..
1. Remove panels
2. Verify Hard Drive is seated properly. (Might disconnect then reconnect to make sure)
3. If you can tell the make and model of hard drive this would be a good time to write it down. (I.E. Toshiba, Western Digital, Seagate)
4. Replace panel
Try booting the computer again. If the problem continues then you need to online and do a google search for hard drive diagnostic bootable disc for your hard drive. Most of these programs are universal and can do a cross platform basic checks on hard drives.
To go into more detailed diagnostic you are best to use the software designed by the maker of the hard drive.
1. Download test disc and burn
2. Boot laptop from cd-rom using bootable test disc
3. Run diagnostics.
If it fails then you have a bad hard drive and you will need to replace the drive.
You should still be able to use the current key. Try adding the key in Control Panel > System. You can even try loading Windows on to itself. Not a clean install. You can even remove the hard drive and use it as a second drive or connect it via USB. gl
try removing the battery while the laptop is off of course and then plugging in the power adapter and turning it on. If all works then its your battery that is the culprit and needs to be replaced ....if it still doesn't work you may have bad memory if you know how to remove the memory with the laptop off and the battery removed then do so ...it could be one of them .. but replacing them in-pairs is also a good time to upgrade to more memory for better performance 'if its not the memory and not the battery could be a flaky hard drive or you will need a new motherboard if the hard drive is flaky all may be lost bad mother board means its time for a new computer ...but your files may be OK on the old hard drive and could b saved to your new unit ....good luck !!
Hi vandrie john...
No you do not need to seat your hard drive...
I would rap it up with bubble rap very good, securely pack it in a good (cardboard) box, and tape the outside of the box with strong shipping tape to make sure it does not have a problem with the shipping.
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Hook up an external monitor to the laptop. See if you get video on it. If you do, then your LCD screen or your Inverter board is bad. If you need instruction on how to replace the screen and where to purchase a new screen, let me know.
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Well, it's not good news. Official word from Sony:
Knowledge Article C309925...
Can the notebook hard drive be upgraded or replaced
Hard drive upgrades in the notebook computer are not supported.
* Some notebook computer have instructions for warranty replacement of the hard drive by an end user. * Although third-party upgrades may be available for some models, they are not supported. * If the hard drive needs service, repair should be done by an authorized Sony service center. * External hard drives may be attached if the appropriate connections are available.
This basically means complete disassembly of the laptop is required to get at the hard drive. Not that it can't be done. Just that it'll be a major pain in the .... you know.
You need to contact HP for that board.
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I had to use the recovery console on the xp disk to run "fixmbr" to fix my corrupted master boot record. the mbr is the file that tells the computer where the rest of the instructions are. without the mbr, it doesn't know where to go for the next instruction, which would be from your operating system.
there is another option which fixes faulty bootup instructions.