Infinite HP Posted December 31, 2006 Report Share Posted December 31, 2006 Yeah I know the title doesn't do it much justice but I couldn't really think how to word it at 6am in the morning. I will be honest, I'm kind of sick to my stomach about this, since my laptop is my life anymore, and my lifeline at college, but it is no longer working. Here is the sequence of events in case anyone is good at diagnosing computer problems: There are three lights on the front of my laptop (your standard HDD, Power, Battery lights...or whatever the three lights are for, but for this diagnosis let's just say it was the power light), and I noticed that the rightmost light, the power light, was orange, and constantly lit. Now, this light is only orange when the battery is low, and it doesn't stay lit but rather flashes. After attempting to turn the computer on, and failing, I had to unhook the AC Adapter and take the battery out before the light shut off. Then, after reattaching one or the other (or both) I still was/am unable to get the computer to turn on. Now, granted not the smartest thing but in a panic/fury I started pressing the power button several times, holding it in for a few seconds, pressing keys on the board, and it "powered up" but by "powered up" I mean the fans ran, the lights started flashing interchangeably in an odd fashion, but the screen did not activate at all. Now, I am about 98% sure I'm probably going to have to send this to the manufacturer to be repaired (Dell in this case, and yes I know, Dell is probably my first mistake, but they've been good so far about repairs), but my question is, is there anything I can do in the meantime? Would using a boot disk/reformatting the hard drive help (even though I can't really get the computer to come "on" except when I get it to "power up" in that odd fashion)? This leads me to my second question: I don't really have anything I'm worried about saving on my hard drive, because luckily just a few days ago I had moved most of everything I wanted over to my external HDD, but if I had to reformat it or access it in any way, do I need a converter to hook the laptop HDD to my PC? Or are the IDE standards the same? What about swapping the HDD out of my External HDD with my laptop HDD and then connection it to the PC via USB? Also, if I did have to send it into the manufacturer (which again is a near 100% possibility I'm sure), there is some..."stuff"...that I probably do not want them to see on my HDD (things like p2p programs and/or *coughpr0ncough*)...so it may be of some importance for me to be able to access the HDD. Anyway, any and all help would be appreciated. Sorry about the long post, I'm just worried about it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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