Always a good idea to download the maintenance manual:
HP does make these readily available No big deal getting to the internal memory module, just take due caution as always.
As long as it is a compatible hard drive, it makes no difference at all what was once on it, as you are not going to boot from that drive, right?
The easiest way to do this is to use your recovery disk set, booting to ctrl f-11, and doing a complete recovery install.
Of course, the down-side is that it does re-install all that "extra" software that comes with the lappy, but the main advantage is that you get a completely usable set of drivers right off the bat.
Is it possible? It may be, but that is a case by case scenario. i can understand not wanting to have to send it in again, and be without it for a couple of weeks or more!
Frankly, outside of a major hassle, it is unlikely that you can get a refund, not impossible, but unlikely. On the other hand, it is much more possible that you may be able to convince them to get you another model. I would definitely convey a DEEP level of unhappiness over having it repaired once...
AlRecon, I agree with qhn completely on this. As a long time desktop builder/user, I used to frequently over-clock, but notebooks really are a whole 'nother critter...they tend to have very little extra room thermally-speaking, and over heating can be an issue even for notebooks running at stock configuration.
You have a decent budget notebook, but even with over clocking, it will not be much of a game-machine, and as qhn said, the actual performance benefits will be...
If Mike is correct (I would still FIRST try a real HP ac adapter, as third party universal adapters CAN be spotty...some work ok, some do not!), then it will not be an inexpensive repair.
Although not too old to be useful, at it's age, hard drive size, cpu, old or even dead battery, etc., I would not think that sinking more that $100 would be worth doing. The problem is that with dropping notebook proces, you can spend less than $500, maybe even $400, and have a...
I agree with Fidget. I do not see the cpu upgrade as being very noticeable. Although it will benchmark out a bit better, in real-life usage. I doubt that you'd tell any difference at all. IMHO, cpu upgrades have to be pretty "major" before the benefit becomes perceptible. For example: I have the DV 6625us with a Turion TL-58 (1.9ghz), I have access to a Turion TL-60 cpuu (2.0ghz)...I would not even THINK of tearing apart my notebook (everything up to and including removing...
Originally Posted by beut
This method is not practical if one has to remove the motherboad to access the CMOS battery like this model. BIOS password can clear easily by software.
Even windows password such as XP or Vista, you can reset easily with software if you happen to forget the password.
Yep, unlike my DV series notebook, you are right...too much work to get to this model's RTC battery!
What software are you referring to?
It sounds as if it is the lcd screen for sure. If you are out of warranty, although I may be wrong, and it does not hurt to check, I do not believe that the warranty enhancement bulletin covers your situation.
If this is the case, as [NFO]NOS said, replacing a screen is not that difficult. It is very easy to download the service manual for your notebook, and it will have a very detailed step-by-step description on how to remove and replace your screen (not that...
Wow...doesn't get much more frustrating than that! Sorry to hear it.
I must say that over the years, and I have purchased a LOT of hP gear, mostly printers, both laser and inkjet, and notebooks, I have seen very good, mediocre, and poor service at varying times.
IMHO? HP is no better or worse than any other electronics company (including Apple). In order to keep Customer Service/Tech Support costs down, there is unfortunatley a layer of folks that you go through,...