I have not been able to get the audio to work---it beeps at the bootup and hdd password screens, but I can't get a peep out of it in windows. What the heck is a "base system device"? whatever this is, may be my problem because I don't know what it is to install it. I tried trial and error, but the "wizard" only wants to go online, and doesn't find anything if it does (aka useless wizard).
Also, I can''t figure out what multimedia controller to install, and "help" is no help. This laptop has been pretty solid for me since fixing the power connector problem, all I need is to identify this base system device...anyone have a clue?
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Base system device could be the audio on the motherboard or the audiocard itself. go to the page that has system devices and find your audio and supported devices and see if the latest driver is available. when you repaired the connector, I take it you had to pretty much remove everything to get to the board connector. could it be you didn't reconnect a connector? those thin film flat cable connectors can be a pain.
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Generally, these types of messages occur during bootup, when the BIOS detects that a password has been used to secure the contents of or access to a hard drive. You will probably need to find the password for the hard drive. Without the make and model of the PC, and the exact error message, and where it is occurring in the bootup process, it is difficult to say more about possible fixes.
The hdd password is stored in the firmware of the hdd, not in the bios. There is only two options available.
1/ type the password.
2/ purchase a new hdd as it is totally unformattable in that condition.
Dropping a laptop is never good news. Have you tried to Cold-Start the laptop, unplug. remove battery, leave battery out for now, plug in try to start normally. If that fails, Did you remove the HDD and reseat? The damage from the drops may have jarred something loose. Do you get activity, light blinking, from the HDD? The DVD/CD?
People need to understand that you can't even get to the windows bootup if it freezes at this screen. Honestly if you have never dealt with this SPECIFIC issue then please don't answer. From what I have seen so far, you need to remove the HDD, reboot, enter the BIOS, reset it to optimal config, power off, reseat your HDD, then power back on. Seems to be a issue with the HDD itself. I had 6 of these laptops with the same issue and it is hardware based and has NOTHING to do with Windows.