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HP dv1000 Laptop Locks Up

My old HP dv1000 Laptop has decided to start locking up for no apparent reason. The screen will freeze and laptop is not responsive mouse or keyboard input. The only option is to pull the plug and restart. I thought it might be heat related, but it sometimes happens right after boot up so the heat hasn't even built up to any level at that point. On occasion, it will do the same thing following any slight movement of the laptop. Bad connection somewhere in the motherboard maybe? Open to all suggestions/ideas.



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  • usaf_463 Jan 24, 2009

    RE: Theadamray

    Yes, I can power off with the power button.

    RE: TAT4U

    I've just finished running defrag. I was setting up to do a full disk scan for bad sectors when it locked up again. I've rebooted following the lockup and it is once again locked up at the login screen.

  • usaf_463 Jan 25, 2009


    I worked on this late last night and after several attempts, finally got a full scan with the XP built in disk scan. I also removed and reinstalled the HD just make sure the contacts were all seated properly. I removed both RAM modules and inserted them in opposite slots for the same reason. This seemed to do the trick as it ran ffor hours with no problems. However, I found that my AV client could not register it's upgrades and java would lockup when trying to upgrade. I uninstalled and reinstalled both to no avail.

    Following that, I decided to reinstall XP using the repair option. It worked, but now the lockup problem has returned.

    Overall, I'm not losing any sleep over this issue as this is only a backup laptop. When the problem first arose, I convinced my wife I needed a new replacement. Although I want to keep XP on it, I also want to use it to test Windows 7 Beta which I just downloaded.

    FYI - is a site with a free online storage capability for up to 1 GB of any kind of files. I use it all the time for various files.



  • usaf_463 Jan 25, 2009


    Thanks for the offer. That program might be just what I need. Also that recovery program would be great. My laptop is an HP doesn't have the usual recovery partition that Dell uses, so I can't restore to like new condition easily. It's always a problem doing a complete reinstall of the OS because you have to also find and reinstall all drivers and native programs like CD burners.

    Here's a good contact email address: Be sure to put a good recognizable subject line in case your message gets caught in my spam filter.



  • theadamray May 11, 2010

    When it locks up does it power off if you hold down the power key for 5+ seconds?


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It maybe bad sectors on hd but first Id defrag disk see if any improvement

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    tat4u Jan 24, 2009

    have you tried removing and replacing ram(mem)

    this is worth a try which takes minutes..because I'm pretty certain its bad sectors and you'll have to repair the hd with separate software.

    paragon hd recovery(repairs faulty hd,bad sectors,drives which wont format for any other software)

    ; the best program Ive used for this,and I've used many,spotmau is a great all rounder but I have had drives so damaged that even spotmau cant do but paragon has never failed particular drive never leaves me ...I ended up wiping disk entirely fixed bad sectors and formatted with paragon and then when it came to installing os where it asks where to install and then formats I selected make no changes and install to existing drive and that did it (windows by default always executes a format before any install)if you cant find any programs that allows you to perform these duties I will see if I can find link for you...

    I have all programs which I ever mention just that cant send cos attachment only allows 10mb and most zipped programs are a little bit more than 10 meg

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    tat4u Jan 25, 2009

    your hd may still have bad sectors on can intall os on drive with bad sectors ;but after a while these bad sectors become worse until os is unavailable and drive wont format using regular methods.your drive seems it may not have too many bad sectors but if want send me email and I'll give you a link for spotmau which will repair bad sectors and a whole lot could search for a copy on net but it will be trial version so if you want to unlock the power of the software you have to buy link is the full software which I'll also send the key...also I can send a recovery program for when you have pc running as in future if any os probs you just press f11 at boot and it restore pc to previous state (before probs)in a matter of minutes


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