ent=41949:LaptopSetupSm.jpg]I have a Compaq Evo N610c laptop running Windows XP Professional. I got it second hand and don't have any Windows CD's (though fwiw the product key code is on the sticker on the underside). I'm not sure what flavor hard drive it has and am not sure how to check. It has a CDRW/DVD-ROM drive but no floppy drive.
It seemed a bit sluggish today while I was doing some stuff on-line, but our internet service was spotty as well today and kept slowing to a halt and then dropping. Anyway, I figured I'd run ATF Cleaner and Malwarebytes just to make sure there wasn't anything more insidious going on. I updated MB, ran it, and it found nothing. I decided to run Adaware as well; I hadn't downloaded it onto the laptop so I did that (when the heck did it grow to 92MB?!?). I ran the install, and it was still installing when it was time to leave the house for a bit.
When we returned home 90 minutes later, the laptop seemed warm and it had a black screen that read "A disk read error occurred; press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart." When I do that, I get the red Compaq logo briefly flashing, then the same disk read error again.
I can press F<10> while it's trying to boot and get into setup. System information screen from Setup (minus serial numbers which somehow seemed creepy) is attached.
I tried running the HDD Self test (Quick version) from the Setup menu, and after about 30 seconds of "0% complete" got "Error: Servo failure"
Fortunately I've got most of what I need from the laptop safely backed up, but I'd love to be able to get the hard drive operational again if possible so that I can retrieve a few things that I didn't get around to backing up. It's not the end of the world if it doesn't happen; the bulk of it is safely elsewhere, but it would definitely improve my mood.
Any suggestions? I was tempted to try resetting to default options on the Setup screen but I doubted that would help and I was afraid it might hurt.
As noted, I don't have any XP CD's for this computer; I'm not overly familiar with the guts of a laptop (the only thing I've done on this laptop myself is add memory; I'm a bit handier with desktops). I do have three desktop computers running XP at my disposal; one has a floppy drive (which as noted won't help since the laptop doesn't) and two can write CD's.