Posted 24 July 2011 - 06:15 PM
Hello. This is the first time I have ever had to make my own topic about a computer issue of mine, I can usually find info easily online!
So, to start, I dropped my laptop. Please don't pile on! The thing was near death anyway, but it would be nice to be able to get it to work for at least a few more weeks before I get a new one.
It's an HP Pavilion dv9000 series...a particularly troubled series, I know. I've so far sunken $600 into this thing in the past three years, between a faulty motherboard and a dimming LCD screen. When I originally bought it it ran Vista, but I upgraded it to 7 (Basic 32bit) when it came out (as such, I only have the disk for Vista). This time I'm pretty sure the issue is unrelated to anything I've experienced in the past, because I, well, dropped it.
So the problem is that it will not boot. I can get the HP screen, but after that it goes to a black screen with a blinking underscore in the upper left that never goes away. I have been finagling around in the setup screen, which I can access just fine, and I can get it to do a startup repair but it always ends telling me the computer cannot be repaired. Here are the details:
I've also tried to do the two self-checks that are offered. The computer passes the Memory Self Test. The Primary Hard Disk Self Test, however, comes up with the result: "#10009 - Replace Hard Disk."
This sounds very bad to me. Is the "hard disk" the same thing as the hard drive? I'm not terrified that it may be dead as I know info can still be recovered from dead hard drives.
So at this point I'm just trying to see if I can get this thing running again on my own. As I said, this event has cemented my plan to get a new comp (which I was previously on the fence about), and I refuse to invest any more money into it, so bringing it to a shop is not an option.
Other issues I should mention--the inbuilt keyboard and cdrom drive do not work, and have not worked for several months. I've been using a USB drive and keyboard. The USB keyboard seems to work fine upon startup as I am able to get all the F keys to work. I have also disabled the booting of the inbuilt cdrom drive, as it makes this odd grinding noise now and I thought it may be adding to the problems. I will not do anything that requires me to wipe the hard drive. I have information on it that is too valuable to be deleted to save this stupid laptop.
So I ask the experts, is there any way to boot this computer? Any way to get it to run for me for three more weeks? Any way to do this without bringing it to a shop? I can't do much myself but I can follow instructions just fine. Thanks a lot everyone.