|" -I got this Laptop in December 2009 and warranty has expired. I don't really want to pay to expand the warranty but would if i have no choice."|
You can't get an extended warranty unless you get it when you buy the computer, or in some cases you can get it within a short period (e.g. 30, 60,or 90 days) after you buy the computer.
"- I did drop a little bit of liquid on the laptop keyboard about two months ago..."
"- I once dropped me laptop a month ago..."
A technician who posted on this site says the most frequent reason he sees for needing to replace components because they're damaged is due to dropping the laptop or spilling liquid on it. The damage that was done doesn't necessarily show up as symptoms right away.
Personally I haven't messed with many laptops, but I have one of someone else's, an Acer, about three years old, that was dropped at least once .
It produced NO video from the built in display after it was dropped initially, but it worked fine for months with an external monitor, then the USB ports and the keyboard stopped working. I could see the mboard was damaged along the hinge side when I opened it up, I tried re-seating everything, but the symptoms did not change.
It still boots Vista fine but you can't Logon to Windows.
"Laptop Fan does not come on at all on boot. Last time i was on a game and then the laptop fan started working."
So the fan did work previously. That indicates the bios version has nothing to do with the fan not coming on.
"The laptop never gets any beeps or errors at all."
When nothing is wrong, you normally hear only one short beep while booting when the POST has completed successfully every time you boot the computer, or at least every time you boot the computer from it's Shut Down ( off ) state. Were you hearing that previously ? Are you hearing that now ?
"Also how do i update the BIOS?"
Flashing the bios is the riskiest thing you can do to a computer.
If something goes wrong you can easily end up with a computer that will not boot at all. The cheap flash chips used for the bios can only be flashed a small number of times, and they can physically fail while flashing, sometimes the FIRST time you attempt to flash the bios.
The flash chip can be replaced,but most bios chips these days are soldered into the mboard rather than in as ocket and removable. Experts can replace asoldered in bios flash chip,but it can easily cost you morte than buying a used working laptop mboard that has no passwords enabled.
Having said that,
- it makes no sense at all to flash the bios to cure a problem that was not always there
- laptops rarely need to have their bios updated by flashing it with a newer version
- if you find specific official info that flashing will cure a problem you've always had with the present bios version, then it's okay to flash the bios, if you are careful and do it the right way
( If it's damaged now, you have no way of knowing for sure whether the laptop would have produced the error beep or beeps and shut down the mboard previously unless it had somehow overheated the cpu, such as if it were used in bed and sheets were interfering with air getting into and out of the laptop's underside.)
Hewlett-packard Compaq presario cq61-420us notebook"
Compaq Presario CQ61-420US Notebook PC
(Home support page)
Software & Driver Downloads - Compaq Presario CQ61-420US Notebook PC
Latest bios update - no mention of your no beeps or fan problem
Previous bios update versions:
No mention in those other two of your no beeps or fan problem.
You COULD flash the bios to the latest version if you want to take the risk, but I'd say there's a 99% chance that won't cure your problem - your laptop is probably damaged.
There are directions where you get the bios updates.
What would I do in your case ?
Get the Maintenance manual from the HP web site.
Using that as a reference, open up the laptop, remove the fan, and connect to a power source to see if it works - it probably uses 12v DC.
If it DOES NOT work, find a replacement fan on the web and order it - use the HP part number on it to search with.
If the fan DOES work, that probably indicates the circuitry that is supposed to turn it on and off inside the laptop is damaged, probably on the mboard itself if that's what it's cable is connected to. Search for a used mboard on the web that has the same HP part number, that has been tested or is known to work and has no passwords enabled.
In the mean time........
- you could get one of those laptop cooler gadgets such as one that is flat and has two cooling fans and use that under the laptop at all times, check the cpu temp frequently to make sure it's helping
rig up an external fan and a duct to blow into the base of the laptop all the time you're using it - the best place is the opening where you can see cooling fins, check the cpu temp frequently to make sure it's helping.
You can load a hardware monitoring program in Windows where you can see the current readings for everything you can see the current readings for in the bios Setup. Some laptops may already have had such a program installed by the brand name. If not, there are freeware ones (hardware monitoring programs) on the web you can install, such as SpeedFan or CPU-Z, although you may need to tweak them to read ~ the same as in the bios.