Ok, I took my PC-MP30 in to have the hard drive upgraded to a 120GB. This Little laptop cost me almost two grand.
I told the the guy take extreme care of the laptop because it is a gift for my wife. So I come back to pick up the laptop and Low and Behold, the backing of the screen (I call this the face of the laptop), has a bunch of scratches on it that cannot be polished or buffed off. On further inspection the bezel or casing has been cracked in two different places, (one crack by the cat-5 port, and the other next to the pcmcia port). It also has minor scratches from prymarks and such, etc...
The company is willing to fix the laptop but cannot find the parts. I am stuck with a laptop that I cant give to my wife for christmas because it is no longer new. I am pretty ticked off and I dont know what to, I am thinking of possibly telling them to buy me a new laptop. Buy the way the store charged me $165.00 to break my laptop!!! So as you can see I am in a bit of a pickle...
I pose this question to you. Do you know where I can get these parts for a Sharp Actius PC- MP30 laptop. Or in this circumstance what would you do? PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!
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This model laptop came with a 60Gb hard disk and if you installed a much larger capacity hard disk then the BIOS cannot detect this hard disk. For the BIOS to detect a large hard disk a BIOS upgrade is required (if there is one available) Check the HP/Compaq WEB site to see if there is a BIOS upgrade. If not the try a 120Gb or smaller capacity hard drive. As an alternative - You can keep the existing hard drive in your laptop and use an external USB hard drive to store your data.
This model laptop was installed with a 60Gb hard disk. When you installed a much larger hard disk the BIOS could not detect this hard drive. Check the HP/Compac WEB site foe a possible BIOS upgrade that can support a large hard drive. Otherwise try a hard drive 120Gb or smaller.
According to specifications you can increase the Ram to 2 MB and the hard drive should be a 120GB hard driver Sata
System Memory 1024-MB 533/667-MHz DDR2 SDRAM in one slot Two SODIMM slots; supported memory 2048 MB2 Operates at a maximum of 533-MHz with 667-MHz memory Hard Drive 120-GB3 5400 rpm SMART SATA
The processor will be limited to what the motherboard can support and it was designed for that 1.6 Ghz processor. Unfortunately it is very difficult to upgrade processors in laptop machines. I do have to ask how old this machine is. The specification indicates MegaBytes of ram and this is actually very little Ram in today's computing world. Most machines support at least 2 gigaBytes of Ram to start with.
The BIOS determine the maximum size hard drive that can be installed in the laptop. Put a smaller hard drive in the laptop say 120Gb hard drive, you will lose approx 10% in the formatting process.
Use the 180GB in another laptop or put it into an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as a portable external hard drive.
I know the original question is over a year old, but here it goes for those just tuning in. Your HP ze4325us can only recognize a hard drive that is under 137.4GB. If you try to install a hard disk larger than 137.4, your computer will start to fail over time. I would recommend a 120GB hard drive, ata-100 / ide / eide, and spinning up around 5400 or 7200 rps. It would make your task easier. If you want to go bigger, use the hard drive manufacturers disk utillities programs (check manufacturer website) to partition and format before installation. So, if you were to puchase a 160GB drive, you could partition it at 137.4GB and 22.6GB. My advice, make it easy and just find a 120GB drive. Less hassles!
HI! Yes you can upgrade your Hard drive from a 30GB (std size) to as much as 120GB. The only thing yu need to be sure of is that you need to buy a IDE 2.5" HDD which is a little bit hard to find but is still available. Try to google some suppliers online.
It is a standard 2.5" IDE laptop drive. You have to dis-assemble to mother board. Easy to do if you are comfortable with internals. You have to remove a million screws to get case apart. All visible on bottom, also internal pc card next to memory card has 2 screws. Don't forget back side hinge screws and edge screws on upper part of lower shell visible in back and when dvd/cd is pulled (2 bottom screws hold player in. The shell come apart easily little force no tricky pressure or lock taps. Where it hinges on back top side next to LCD screen lift gently straight up this is where it is most resistant. A few ribbon cables and 2 wire cables to disconnect. After lower case top is off a few screws holding mother board (arrows) needs to be removed to lift motherboard. Drive is connected to mother board by ribbon cable lift pry gently up to release it. Drive is held in by 4 screws. Good luck. If you do not want to do this just get a 2.5" usb drive. You can buy the drives and external case or by already made ones e.g. WD passport.
BTW I am looking for an actius mp-30 casing, mine has damage.