I'm hoping one of the residents geeks here can help me with my computer problem:
Recently, my wife's HP laptop model dv7-3065dx began having a problem that has not changed in over two weeks...when powering it on, it shows the initial boot screen, but then says that Windows did not start, and goes into startup repair mode, displaying a blue screen with white lettering, and an old school "working" bar that seems to indicate continual activity, however I have left it in "startup repair" mode for three days straight, with no apparent change and the noise the hard drive makes throughout is a short, cyclical one, wuth the drive indicator light following the same cyclical pattern.
I took it to Best Buy's service techs, and the guy there booted it, pressed a few buttons, found the responses not to his liking, and then pronounced that it was a hardware issue, and "almost certainly" the motherboard. Since motherboards are kinda pricey, plus I'd have to either do it myself or fork over a fair amount for the service itself, I'm looking at almost being better off buying a new laptop unless I'm a)sure it's the laptop and b)can do it myself.
Other thing is that, although buying a new laptop would normally not be completely out of the question (except for the nasty cost, of course), my wife also has a few different software apps on the laptop that are cost-prohibitive to replace, foremost being Adobe Photoshop. Sooo....I'd REALLY like to figure out what's wrong with the computer, and fix it with the lowest possible cost involved. Any takers?