A couple weeks ago I bought an old laptop from a friend (Compaq Presario R3000 / Intel 4 / 512 RAM.)
Previously the partition had been wiped so I had to install an OS.
Despite the systems low RAM I installed Windows Vista.
The laptop worked great for a week with the exception that it took forever to load windows (Sometimes an hour or more)
Eventually windows just stopped loading at all (It would freeze on the progress bar.)
So I used my install disk to repair windows, which brought it back to it's usually sluggish but working condition.
Then a couple of days ago, every once in a while it would freeze completely, leaving me no option but to cold boot.
After following the advice of another internet forum I flashed BIOS. Which went without a hitch and it stopped freezing for a couple days.
Then tonight, after working fine all day, it completely froze again while I was browsing the net.
This time after cold booting, BIOS froze at the "Compaq" screen.
None of the "F" buttons worked to enter menus, it just completely froze and wouldn't progress to load windows.
A second try yielded the DOS blinking cursor, but no BIOS.
I tried a few more times to start the computer, always with one of these results...
A: It loads BIOS and freezes.
B: The Screen powers on but doesn't load BIOS
C: The fans and lights power on, but the screen doesn't.
D: The computer starts to power on, but shuts off almost instantly.
Things I've tried since...
*Removing and reinserting both RAM sticks. Result: No change.
*Attempted to reset CMOS by removal. Result: It's soldered to the MB, I can't solder, lol.
*Resetting CMOS by holding the power button 30 secs. Result: BIOS loaded and froze as above.
*Attempted to load BIOS with the Hard Drive removed. Result: BIOS loaded long enough for me to enter setup, and then disappeared, going to the DOS cursor.
More often than not, now I get result C.
I'd love to get this thing working again, but a few google searches haven't been very encouraging.
If there is anything you can do to help me out it would be most appreciated (Even pointing me to a place I can sell the parts, lol)