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LABTOP WOES

Looking at this Compaq 2100us Series labtop and its trying to hit the fan. As someone attempted to flash the bios, they turned the labtop off and was never able to turn it back on. He usually uses the reset button to sometimes get it going but to no avail this time. Isn't there a way to reset the labtop internally? Also his fan has been running louder of late, and I'm concerned he is overworking his PC. However, what do you guys think. Why would his labtop just kick the dust? Is is the fan, or just a simple internal reset?
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CallandorCommented:
A bad flash can kill a motherboard such that it won't boot anymore - the motherboard needs the BIOS in order to work.  The only way to bring it back is to replace the BIOS with a good one.  These guys provide replacement BIOSes, but you may be out of luck with a laptop: http://www.badflash.com/
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r-kCommented:
You might want to contact Compaq (HP these days) and ask if there is a way to reset the bios to default for that particular model.
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nobusCommented:
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DRZCMCommented:
Please clarify.  When you start the laptop, does it simply fail to to start at all?  Does power up?  Does it go through the memory check?

Once you flash the bios for upgrade there is no going back unless you are able to flash it again.  If your bios flash stops you from booting up in windows or dos then you are sunk and will have to replace it.

Dr. Z
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glpoliteAuthor Commented:
For DRZCM, yes it fails to start at all. There is no power up process that it goes through.  What do you guys think?
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CallandorCommented:
If you don't see the BIOS screen and it doesn't power up, I would say the motherboard no longer works.
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nobusCommented:
you can still try diconnecting what you can to diagnose : RAM, harddisc, or cd drive
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DRZCMCommented:
I agree with Callandor, It is probably the motherboard.  This is assuming you have tested it with a charged battery.  The power sockets sometimes come loose on this model.  The motherboard should be reparable.  If it is still under warranty, send it in for replacement.

Dr. Z
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glpoliteAuthor Commented:
Have any idea as to cost of a new labtop mobo
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CallandorCommented:
It depends - do a search on ebay and you should be able to get an idea.
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glpoliteAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for your help
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