Ive treated this laptop very nicely over the years.
The other day, I left it on (which is not unusual) all day while I was gone. I had only a few programs running. Probably AIM and iTunes.
When I got home from my daily adventure, I noticed my laptop's screen was completely gray. I tried hitting all of the buttons and tapping the power button, but no response. I restarted it via the power button and when I powered it up again, the screen came on as usual and the Compaq logo showed up as usual along with the prompt <ESC> to change boot order, <F10> to boot from network and <F1> to enter setup. It froze there. Ive tried everything to get it past this screen. Occasionally when I restart it fast it says <F1> to continue, <F10> to setup. I took all the USB devices out, tried again. Then I tried taking out the ram and replacing it again. I tried taking out the hard drive and booting. I tried taking out the disk drive and booting. Even the internal wireless card. I tried taking the CMOS battery out for about 5 hours while I was at work. No avail. all the hardware components look fine in side the computer. Its very clean, only a little dust. The computer wasnt hotter than usual when I found it, and I even let it cool off before starting it again.
I dont want to give up on this machine. Please help!
EDIT: I forgot to mention that my sister has the same exact model computer. This happened to hers about a year ago and we tried replacing the keyboard to no avail. Also, my computer is out of warranty as of last February.
Edited by expendis, 06 February 2008 - 10:47 PM.