Posted 21 February 2006 - 08:00 PM
Set up did not find any hard disk drives installed on your computer.
Setup cannot continue...
Posted 21 February 2006 - 08:02 PM
Posted 21 February 2006 - 08:05 PM
Posted 21 February 2006 - 08:09 PM
I go into Hard drive and choose Auto, but when I save and exit it comes up as NONE.
I've tried save & exit and ESC. What am I doing wrong?
Posted 21 February 2006 - 08:17 PM
At this point, I think the HDD has headed South on you. A boot sector virus would interfere with booting, but would not cause the HDD to not be detected. When you mentioned a noise a couple posts ago, did it sound like any of the sounds found HERE?
Posted 21 February 2006 - 08:34 PM
It's mostly clicking noises. They may have been there before, but they're amplified.
So maybe there's a HDD problem? I know it's hard to diagnose without seeing or hearing what's wrong.
I was hoping to save the files that I should have backed up, but I should know better...
Posted 21 February 2006 - 08:47 PM
I'm almost positive that the HDD is gone as far as actually using it is concerned, but, we haven't been able to access it so the files that were on it are still there and are probably recoverable using another machine to do the recovery.
Here's what we've discovered:
The BIOS, though a bit balky, works and saves all the settings with the exception of the HDD...this indicates a bad HDD.
We have been unable to access the Master Boot Record (which is on the HDD)...this indicates a bad HDD
Recovery Console is unable to detect the HDD...this indicates a bad HDD
Your original complaint PXE-E61 is telling us that it can't find boot instructions on the HDD...this indicates a bad HDD
I think we're spurring a dead horse...
Posted 21 February 2006 - 08:53 PM
Anyway, I'm so not comfortable with opening up and diving in, so I'll bring it to someone for help.
I can't thank you enough!! I'll be able to give them an idea of what's wrong and I feel justified because I've done everything I could to fix it.
Thanks again for all of your help - I really appreciate it!!
I'll let you know how it all ends - but again - Thank you!
Posted 21 February 2006 - 09:01 PM
I only wish it could have been a little better resolution for you. When you have a new drive put in, see if they will slave the old one and pull your data for you. It should be a matter of moving files from one drive to the other...a simple operation for a tech with the right tools.
I would be interested in knowing what you find out...
Posted 21 February 2006 - 09:03 PM
And thanks again for all of your help!!
Posted 18 March 2006 - 08:28 AM
I brought the laptop to a friend who confirmed that it wasn't a virus and that the HDD was bad (you were right). I thought this repair would be covered under the extended warranty, so I sent it in - but they insist that the loose mouse keys be repaired first. The cost for mouse/mouse key repairs is $360 (not covered because they consider it physical abuse - this laptop traveled only twice in 3 years and was never abused). I use an optical mouse - so the repair isn't really necessary. If I pay for the mouse keys, there's no guarantee that they won't find another reason not to fix the HDD and charge me. No more extended warranties for me!
This laptop has had many OS problems (due to viruses, etc.) over the last 6 months and it's performance has been poor. I have been working on these problems off and on for months. Will replacing the HDD get rid of these problems?
Is HDD replacement difficult? Should I fix it myself? The warranty person said use a clean room for repairs - is that necessary?
The replacement HDD for this model is expensive ($400 from HP). I've checked a few other places but I don't know if I can upgrade the HDD (eg. existing specs 4200 rpms, can I update to 7200 rpms)?
Or should I consider purchasing a new laptop?
You've been so helpful in the past, I was hoping you might have an opinion...
Edited by tp1002, 18 March 2006 - 08:31 AM.
Posted 18 March 2006 - 07:51 PM
Thanks so much for getting back to us...it's always nice to find out that our troubleshooting has been verified.
HDD replacement is not that difficult on most laptops...a pretty straight foreward operation. Make sure you have everything you need to reinstall the OS...If you have a recovery cd set, you should be good to go. You might also visit the HP website and download the manual for your machine, if you don't already have it.
The higher RPM drive shouldn't make a lick of difference other than the performance will improve a bit.
Unless you are planning to send the laptop to Mars, I don't think you'll need the clean-room...you ever seen the workbenches in most computer shops? I'll bet there's no showercaps or paper suits used at HP, either.
With normal care and common sense, you should be able to do the repairs yourself. Besides...there's always G2G!
Edited by wannabe1, 18 March 2006 - 07:53 PM.
Posted 19 March 2006 - 03:01 PM
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