Given it is a Prostar I would send it to them.
On the issue of power, how do you connect your laptop to the power brick?
Do you plug the DC connector at the back of the laptop before or after you power the AC adaptor? I suggest...
From memory the flash process keeps your settings (but it was a while ago that I did mine).
My suggestion is to go into the BIOS and record your settings just in case. I know it does reset BIOS passwords. I believe HT is on by default...
Your battery is dead.
I have three such items doing exactly what you describe
It would seem that the Li-ion cells are not that robust and only last 12-18 months at best.
You only have to purchase a new battery.
Basically you copy the image to a blank formatted floppy.
Leave the floppy in the disk drive.
Make sure you are on AC power (so you don't run out of power half way thru)
Reboot the system (which should boot from...
lucky i have two hinges...
in our current throw away society you are lucky to have parts for anything older than 6 months. This is one reason i always buy two of anything. The second one you get about 12 months after the first so it...