|I am completely flummoxed and have read so much that I'm on info overload! My HP dv9600 laptop was doing fine and just froze one day. |
-I ran BIOS diagnostic and it said to replace hard drive.
-I put my hard drive in a docking station, used another computer, and found that my HD could be read.
-I transferred all my data onto a 2T external drive. My data is safe.
-I used my recovery disks that I dutifully made immediately after buying my laptop in 2008.
-I reinserted my HD into my laptop and used my recovery disks to reset my computer to factory settings.
-Everything seemed to work with the process. At the end it said to click finish and the computer would restart. I clicked finish and my laptop goes into this loop of bringing up the BIOS splash screen, screen goes black, shows splash, goes black, and then eventually stops with a one line message "Operating System Not Found."
-I went into BIOS and discovered the HD is not recognized...No IDE found
-I did the recovery thing again with my disks...same results.
-Bought WD Blue 1T HD from Amazon
-Installed new HD and used my recovery disks.
-Same final screen, hit "finish", and the computer restarts with the same results...looping until eventually get "OS not found."
-Tried lots of different things with BIOS. Finally, changed boot order to boot from USB HD using my old HD.
-It appeared to load Vista! Said it detected problems and asked if I wanted to fix them and restart. I said yes...same results, except now it just loops until it shows a black screen with a lone cursor...no message.
I have not flashed the BIOS, which some feel is warranted from my saga, but before I do that I thought I would put my story here and see what you all say.
Any advice is GREATLY appreciated. I have done so much research with multiple and seemingly contradictory advice...flashing the bios is all I can come up with. Thanks in advance.