Easy one to remove.. Look dead center in front of the laptop and you will find the hard drive caddy filler plastic door. Two rubber plugs from the bottom (the center ones) Under these two phillips screws and it will slide out. You will need a 2.5 - 3.5 drive adapter and will also have to remove the drive adapter block from the hdd.. (Small plastic push on block that covers the 40 pins to connect to systemboard).. good luck!
(Hard drive is probably toast but you could try Fixmbr as well as fixboot w/XP recovery console)
Compaq Presario 2100 Notebook
128 MB RAM
30 GB ATA/IDE HD
A few weeks ago it cut off on me in the middle of doing some work. I turned it back on, not sure what had happened and Windows froze up as soon as the Desktop appeared. I turned it off by pressing and holding the power button, and now it comes on but goes through a vicious blue screen of death restarting cycle that would continue infinitely if I didn't remove the battery and the power cable.
The blue screen of death flashes literally for a millisecond and then the computer attempts to restart, only leading again to the blue screen of death, etc. I had to take a picture of the screen just to see what it says because it flashes so quickly before the computer automatically restarts:
<i>A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Blah Blah Blah
*** STOP: 0x000000ED, (0x8273EE30, 0xc0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)</i>
After some research, I found that the HP website addresses this error (unmountable boot volume) by instructing me to try to use my QuickRestore/HP Operating System Disk to boot up and repair the problem (chkdisk /r). It acts like it's going to work, and after about 20-30 minutes of progress, it stops and gives me the following error:
The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems.</i>
And of course, if I attempt to restart, I continue to get the blue screen that flashes for a millisecond, so I'm back at square one.
After doing more research, I've come across a few solutions, but am unsure how to proceed. I would like to avoid taking it anywhere and spending loads of money for something that I could do (I consider myself to have above average computer knowledge/skills - I used to be a Computer Science major), even if it is moderately difficult.
Some suggestions have been to check if the hard drive is still functioning, by attaching it to another computer as another drive. This is where my technical skills/knowledge leave me hanging - how exactly would I go about doing that? There are tons of files that I'm desperately need to access, but until I can figure out how to get to them, I'm screwed.
If it's not the hard drive, I've read that it may be the RAM. Does this sound right?
And last of all, HOW DO YOU GET INSIDE A LAPTOP? I've unscrewed all of the visible screws, but there seems to be something that is keeping it attached in the middle.
ANY help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that this whole problem was likely caused by overheating (as my research also suggests, according to the Stop Error codes) - I had just noted that my laptop was getting awfully hot and about 5 minutes later... POOF! My problems began...