I myself fell victim to not following best-practice and seeing this issue manifest itself recently when I was benchmarking a new drive.
As a result, I decided to make a guide so other users can easily fix the problem.
If your laptop does not start at all or it starts but will not boot properly, it’s possible that you can fix the laptop at home without taking it to a repair center. I’m not sure if I can cover all situation at once, so I will update this post as more examples come into my mind. First of all in this situation check the AC adapter. If you cannot do that, find a known good AC adapter and use it for testing the laptop.
You plug the AC adapter but the LEDs (power light, hard drive light, battery charge light, etc…) do not light up and the laptop will not react at all if you press on the power button.
Here is a simple diagram that will help you to understand how a notebook display assembly works and how an image appears on the screen.
I’m not an artist and I tried my best drawing this diagram, so if you cannot see a laptop in this picture, don’t be mad. A video signal from the motherboard goes to the LCD screen through the video cable.
By the time a user is ready to upgrade to 3TB drives I would generally recommend that it is also a good opportunity to upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows as hardware is starting to advance well beyond what the older Windows XP generation operating system can handle.
Go to Removal and Replacement procedures chapter, you’ll find disassembly instructions in there Manuals for the following Compaq Armada Notebook PC series. Compaq Armada 110, Compaq Armada 110s, Compaq Armada 1100, Compaq Armada 1500, Compaq Armada 1500c, Compaq Armada 1700, Compaq Armada 1750, Compaq Armada 3500, Compaq Armada 4100, Compaq Armada 4200, Compaq Armada 6500, Armada 7300, Compaq rmada 7400, Compaq Armada 7700, Compaq Armada 7800, Compaq Armada e500, Compaq Armada e500s, Compaq Armada E700, Compaq Armada m300, Compaq Armada m700, Compaq Armada SB, Compaq Armada V300 Manuals for the following Compaq Evo Notebook PC series. Compaq Evo n150, Compaq Evo n160, Compaq Evo n180, Compaq Evo n400c, Compaq Evo n410c, Compaq Evo n600c, Compaq Evo n610c, Compaq Evo n610v, Compaq Evo n620c, Compaq Evo n800c, Compaq Evo n800v, Compaq Evo n800w, Compaq Evo n1000c, Compaq Evo n1000v, Compaq Evo n1005v, Compaq Evo n1010v, Compaq Evo n1015v, Compaq Evo n1020v, Compaq Evo n1050v, Compaq Evo n200, Compaq Evo n110, Compaq vo n115 Manuals for the following HP Compaq Notebook PC series. HP Compaq 2400, HP Compaq 4400, HP Compaq 6100, HP Compaq 6200, HP Compaq 6300, HP Compaq 6305, HP Compaq 7400, HP Compaq 8200, HP Compaq 8400, HP Compaq 9400, HP Compaq nc4000, HP Compaq nc4010, HP Compaq nc4200, HP Compaq nc6000, HP Compaq nc6400, HP Compaq nc8000, HP Compaq nw8000, HP Compaq nw8240, HP Compaq nx4300, HP Compaq nx4800, HP Compaq nx4820, HP Compaq nx5000, HP Compaq nx6130, HP Compaq nx7000, HP Compaq nx7010, HP Compaq nx7100, HP Compaq nx7200, HP Compaq nx7220, HP Compaq nx7300, HP Compaq nx9000, HP Compaq nx9005, HP Compaq nx9008, HP Compaq nx9010, HP Compaq nx9020, HP Compaq nx9030, HP Compaq nx9040, HP Compaq nx9100, HP Compaq nx9105, HP Compaq nx9110, HP Compaq nx9500, HP Compaq nx9500A, HP Compaq nx9600 Manuals for the following HP Pavilion Notebook PC series. HP Pavilion de2000, HP Pavilion dv1000, HP Pavilion dv2000, HP Pavilion dv4000, HP Pavilion dv5000, HP Pavilion dv6000, HP Pavilion dv8000m, HP Pavilion dv9000, HP Pavilion n Notebook PC series, HP Pavilion tx1000, HP Pavilion xf Notebook PC series, HP Pavilion xh Notebook PC series, HP Pavilion xt Notebook PC series, HP Pavilion xu Notebook PC series, HP Pavilion xz Notebook PC series, HP Pavilion zd7000, HP Pavilion zd8000, HP Pavilion ze1000, HP Pavilion ze2000, HP Pavilion ze4000, HP Pavilion ze5000, HP Pavilion zt1000, HP Pavilion zt3000, HP Pavilion zu1000, HP Pavilion zv5000, HP Pavilion zv6000, HP Pavilion zx5000 Manuals for the following HP Presario Notebook PC series. Compaq Presario 300, Compaq Presario 700, Compaq Presario 800, Compaq Presario 900, Compaq Presario 1000, Compaq Presario 1100, Compaq Presario 1200, Compaq Presario 1400, Compaq Presario 1500, Compaq Presario 1600, Compaq Presario 1700, Compaq Presario 1800, Compaq Presario 1900, Compaq Presario 2100, Compaq Presario 2200, Compaq Presario 2500, Compaq Presario 2700, Compaq Presario 2800, Compaq Presario 3000, Compaq Presario B1000, Compaq Presario B2000, Compaq Presario B3000, Compaq Presario C300, Compaq Presario C500, Compaq Presario F500, Compaq Presario M2000, Compaq Presario R3000, Compaq Presario R4000, Compaq Presario V1000, Compaq Presario V2000, Compaq Presario V3000, Compaq Presario V4000, Compaq Presario V5000, Compaq Presario V6000, Compaq Presario X1000, Compaq Presario X1100, Compaq Presario X1200, Compaq Presario X1300, Compaq Presario X1400, Presario X1500, Compaq Presario X6000 Manuals for the following HP Special Edition Notebook PCs.
Find the maintenance and service guide and open it up (pdf file, some of them are huge) 5.
Any laptop computer has a CMOS battery also known as RTC battery.
The CMOS battery connects directly to the laptop system board and helps to retain important BIOS settings such as system time, date, BIOS configuration while the laptop is turned off or even when the main battery is removed.