How do I save my laptop, vista os, apps and files?

Hewlett-packard Hp pavilion dv7-1135nr l...
July 24, 2014 at 09:43:52
Specs: Windows Vista Home, AMD Turion X2 64
My HP dv7-1135nr entertainment notebook pc has a black screen, the techies at Friendly Computers (FC), the good folks said it was the CPU failing (1 blinking light). How can I save my Vista OS, applications and files? I was hoping to install the hard drive into my desktop (WinXP Home) and then dual boot; however, I was told by both FC and BBGS that I could not because MS ties the OS with the CPU. Another option I could try to find the same HP model laptop for sale (cheap) and then install my hdd into that laptop. As a last resort, I could install the hdd into enclosure box and use as external storage drive.

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#1
July 24, 2014 at 10:53:51
A CPU is a chip that's fitted into a socket on the motherboard. They either work or they don't, there is no in-between. Here's an example of a Turion 64 X2:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/upload...

What have you done so far to trouble shoot? What happens when you attempt to start the laptop? Did you try connecting it to an external monitor?


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#2
July 24, 2014 at 11:57:25
You can certainly install your HD in another computer either internally or using an enclosure in order to retrieve your important personal data. You just use is as a data drive.

Running the programs on it is not feasible because of the hardware differences and authentication.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#3
July 24, 2014 at 15:30:02
Your last option - an external enclosure and use as storage is viable; all your personal files etc would still be there and accessible from almost any OS.

If you decide to go that path..., when you connect it the first time to another computer - copy "all" your personal stuff to external media (typically DVD and of course another external HD is also "nice"). That way you will have safeguarded your personal stuff from possible problems anon...?

As riider asks - have you connected an external monitor to the the vga o/p on your laptop? Likely you will need to use the F Key combination to switch the signal from laptop display only - to either laptop and external display, or external display only. What that combination is varies a little between makes (and occasionally models too) - and will in the manual for your laptop,


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#4
July 24, 2014 at 17:43:32
Thank you for a response. In my troubleshooting effort I followed the HP troubleshooting guide, I removed the battery and used only the power cord, I removed each memory card one at a time and attempted to boot with only one memory card and I still got the black screen no cursor, [I don't think both of my memory cards are bad], I connected my laptop to my desktop's monitor, pressing function key to switch monitor and still got a black screen no cursor; I never removed a Chip (CPU), but it is my understanding they are soldered to the motherboard; I haven't soldered in a long time and I don't have a soldering iron anymore. I have removed HDD from desktop pcs and installed them into external enclosure cases - no problem. In all my troubleshooting attempts I still get the black screen no cursor.

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#5
July 24, 2014 at 17:50:00
Does sound like the board hath died a death... Replacing the soldered in cpu is not that easy - even if one is skilled etc. with a soldering iron... Which is why one generally changes the whole motherboard in your situation.

I guess what you have done - put the drive(s) in usb enclosures - is about the only option at this time...?


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#6
July 24, 2014 at 17:52:26
Can you get into the bios?
Can you get into Safe mode?


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#7
July 24, 2014 at 17:57:04
What happens when you put the Vista CD in & reboot?

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#8
July 24, 2014 at 18:23:30
I cannot get into safe mode or any mode, I attempted to boot with a CD [actually my emergency disks] in the cd bay - nothing, but the same black screen no cursor.

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#10
July 24, 2014 at 18:46:33
ha,ha,ha yeah I know I just don't want to pay for another laptop with OS or another computer or anything until I get employment - thus the cheapest option.

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#11
July 24, 2014 at 19:04:18
"thus the cheapest option"
I haven't bought any computers for a long, long time, quite happy with hand me downs.

Got 3 laptops & 7 or 8 comps given to me in the last year. I do them up for others for free.

Start asking, most people have an old comp lying around.

I'm here, if it helps.
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclo...

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#12
July 24, 2014 at 23:04:30
For what it's worth, here's ebay search results for that model:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Laptops-Net...

There's one there currently for $14.99 that's 'nonworking' but that may be because the battery is dead and no power adapter is included. It's stripped but you have all the parts.

Don't forget to preorder your Hatch green chili for this fall. Many vendors ship world-wide.


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#13
July 25, 2014 at 05:59:55
@Johnw, you're in Australia? 63 degrees Fahrenheit not bad for winter in Perth. I guess that region is like the southern USA - most likely like Galveston, TX

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#14
July 25, 2014 at 06:20:08
" you're in Australia? 63 degrees Fahrenheit not bad for winter in Perth"
Yep, a little bit of hail during winter is as bad as it gets.
8 months of sunshine. Very temperate climate.

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#15
July 25, 2014 at 06:23:59
Sounds nice John. Dry heat over humidity any day.

Queensland heat can be unbearable at times. You blink and break into a sweat.

OldBitForAByte, like your username btw

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#16
July 25, 2014 at 06:28:19
That was surprise btk1w1, late night for you.

Yep, prefer the dry heat to humidity, haven't been to QLD, did the Bali, Singapore trips, didn't like.


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#17
July 25, 2014 at 06:31:21
Just knocked off work mate. Talk about a tough one.

Sitting down to an ale in a vain attempt to unwind.

Yeah 11:30 pm now as I write this.


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#18
July 25, 2014 at 06:33:06
I've just finished watching AFL, Dockers done last week, Eagles this week.

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#19
July 25, 2014 at 06:43:26
I'll barrack for them too! I hope they do us proud. :-D

Sorry to thread-jack OldBitForAByte.


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#20
July 25, 2014 at 06:46:15
Off to bed for me, catch you later folks.

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#21
July 25, 2014 at 09:13:41
@DAVINCAPS, thanks I am communicating with couple of folks on ebay.

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#22
July 25, 2014 at 09:18:02
To All in Downunder-Land, how are the job prospects; I am considering job opportunities overseas as I am in USA and unemployed for longer than 14-months.

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#23
July 31, 2014 at 11:01:15
I am continuing to be prompted for a best answer, but I cannot choose a best answer because my option to remove the hdd into a enclosure box is most likely the best answer. I have also looked on ebay, which is a good option if I want to buy an exact model; however, that could be too expensive. I haven`t done anythin else with the laptop. Once I decide to purchase the enclosure box or brackets to install the laptop hdd into the desktop, I will add another response.

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