Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:16 AM
Hello and good morning (to some of you). I have an HP DV9000 laptop that is being a pain, and there's a short story to go with the problem (a long story shortened, actually).
Before the laptop got to me:
There was a virus infection. The drive was wiped and a re-installation of Vista was attempted. The installation failed (in what way, I do not know). The laptop was then brought to me.
Laptop in my possession:
Strangely, there was a start-up password (that was never mentioned). I removed the CMOS battery and cleared the password. I then booted into my USB drive with Vista's installation on it and proceeded to install. Halfway through unpacking the files, I get an error about not being able to access resources. So I try another copy of Vista that I have. This one gets finished unpacking and begins expanding. Most of the way through I get a "file not found" error. At this point, I have two other copies of Vista, but... when I reboot the machine, it doesn't detect a hard drive. Hmm. I pull out the hard drive and mount it to my other machine and format it. Meanwhile, I power flush and reset CMOS on the laptop. Connect everything back and it detects the hard drive. Now, however, it will not boot from my USB (or CDROM, etc...), just a blank screen after POST (I can get to BIOS and Boot Devices, etc...). I left it sitting for 30 - 40 minutes, still no dice. I reboot. Now it's not detecting the hard drive again. It will detect it every time in bay 2 (but you can't boot from the slave bay). I did this cycle 3 more times, and now, even after power flushing/formatting, it will not detect the hard drive in bay 1. I have 2 other identical drives. It will not detect any of them in bay 1. Also, all identifiers in BIOS are reset to zeros. I flashed BIOS to the latest version (using a boot cd). No change. I am thinking the mobo is dead/dying (possibly the SATA connection). Any other ideas?
I also tried swapping memory, removing broadcom card, removing cdrom, etc...
AMD Turion 64 x2
Vista Home Premium x86