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Hello Everyone,

I'm working on a neighbors Laptop and things have gone from bad to worse.  I think it has to do with Power Settings but can't figure out how to fix it.  The Laptop will power on every time you push the power button, but it only boots up about 1 out of 5 times.  When it does boot, it works but if it goes into sleep or hibernation it won't come out of it.  I don't see anywhere to adjust these settings in bios.  
It will not re-start.  I went through the procedure of a factory restore with 4 CD's and it did not restart...now I get NTLDR is missing, press control alt delete to restart.  It wouldn't restart before this either.
Here are the Specs:  hp pavilion dv2000, amd turion 64 x2, 1600 mhz, 1gb ram, BIOS F.3D

Thank You!

Phil W.
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Sounds like the hard drive is having issues.  Download the Free Ultimate Boot CD
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
and run one of the hard Disk Diagnostics
 
 
 
 
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The other option is to go to the hard drive manufacturers web site and download thier diagnostic tool
 
 
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Agreed, sounds like harddrive. Boot CD is good, it will at least confirm the HDD issue.

Some laptops (Dell for instance) will provide an error diagnostic sequence in the lights... Does the light(s) blink any number of times?

If so, how many blinks?
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In the BIOS of HP hardware there's a memorytest and HD test build in.  Just open BIOS and do the tests, so you don't need to download the tools.

For a list of diagnostic sequence of the laptop: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documentSubCategory?tmp_rule=45187&tmp_task=solveCategory&lc=en&dlc=nl&cc=be&lang=nl&product=1817074
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also there is a windows ultimate bood CD
http://www.ubcd4win.com/
 
 
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Thanks for all of your responses.  To answer the question about the lights, it seems the hard drive light blinks four times....sometimes five.  Thanks for the link to hp diagnostics!

I ran the HD test within the bios and it tested ok.

I have ubcd4win, so I will try that too.

Will get back to you later this weekend.

Thanks again,

Phil W.
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Okay, although hard drive diagnostics from the bios and ubcd said the hd was okay, it still didn't sound good to the ear and replacing it seems to have done the trick.

Thanks to all of you!

Phil W.
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