Slow working after new startup

March 29, 2011 at 10:15:34
Specs: Windows Vista, 3gb
HP Pavilion DV6 1131ea. I have just done a complete recovery to factory standard. All appears ok and I can use the laptop normally. When I switch off and try to use the next day it takes half an hour to load just to get to the front page of icons. Using any program after that and it also takes several mins to get to each stage of the program (sometimes up to 30 mins)but eventually gets there. I have done a hard disk check and it throws up a 0305 error after 60% of disk has been checked. The recovery itself takes one and half hours. Apart from new disk what else??

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March 29, 2011 at 11:23:21
check memory with memtest86

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.

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March 29, 2011 at 11:27:32
(HP) System Diagnostics (F2)

Test Description Failure Description Error Code

Hard Disk Test Hard Disk 1 Full 305

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.


Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.

The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly, or when there is no data on the drive. Do the Long test.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

I suspect the hard drive itself is NOT going to test as okay and you will need to replace it

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March 30, 2011 at 08:05:56
Hi Clive & T & W
I have used the F2 diagnostics, memory test was ok but the hard disk test threw up the 0305 error after 60%. I looked for what this error meant on the HP website but found nothing. I guess a new disk is required but it seems funny that as long as I keep the power on the laptop behaves normally, and it is only if I switch off and resume another time it goes haywire.
There is one more point and that is that there is a message which appears on startup which advises the battery is not correct and needs replacing, although on the battery indication it says 100% charged. If left on battery it only lasts 10 mins. However if its running on power I didn't think this would be a problem.

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March 30, 2011 at 10:57:51
Only testing the hard drive with the drive manufacturer's diagnostics tests the entire drive, if you use the long test.
HP's diagnostics may only test where data already is.

".....there is a message which appears on startup which advises the battery is not correct and needs replacing, although on the battery indication it says 100% charged. If left on battery it only lasts 10 mins."

Laptop no video (or video problems), and battery, AC adapter, power jack T shooting.

See response 1:

If there is nothing wrong with your AC adapter or it's connection and the jack in the laptop.......

Laptop main batteries usually work as they should for a year or so, then they begin to rapidly deteriorate. From what I've seen, by two years they cannot be charged to anywhere near their full capacity, and it gets worse after that.
They often develop internal shorts when they are older. If the battery gets HOT rather than just warm after you have attempted to charge it for at least a half hour, or after you have been using the laptop for a while with the AC adapter plugged in, it's definitely internally shorted and you must replace it. Internally shorted batteries getting too hot have been known to cause the laptop to catch on fire.

If the battery is internally shorted it can't be charged to the voltage it is supposed to be charged to, which could cause the bios to generate a message saying you don't have the proper battery, and the run time of using the computer on the battery alone will be greatly diminished.

Tips about battery charging problems on Dell laptops - may apply to other makes.
See response 3 in this by iTech:

You DO NOT have to buy a Compaq or HP battery. There are lots of clones on the web that have the same one year warranty that cost a lot less. Search the web with your laptop model or the HP part number of the battery to find compatible replacement batteries. In many cases for HP and Compaq computers you can get a battery that has more cells / a higher capacity and runs the computer twice as long as the original battery on the battery alone - the only difference is it sticks out of the case a bit, and the back of the laptop rests on the battery instead of on the case. If one is available for your model, it's usually listed in the parts for your model here:
Search using the part number for that battery if you like.

It never fails to mystify me that many laptop and netbook users don't bother to replace the battery at reasonable intervals.
If your argument is you rarely use it on the battery alone, then WHY did you buy a laptop?
If you don't need it to be portable, you always get a lot more bang for the same bucks if you buy a desktop computer.

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March 31, 2011 at 04:56:54
Hi T&W
Thanks for info's, as the disk is faulty will have to replace.
Other question though, if I don't need the battery option (it remains in one place on my desk) can I remove it altogether and just run on power or will that cause problem with the AC adapter??

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