My girlfriend got an HP Pavilion s3020.es some years ago (It came with Vista).
The computer suffered from a "fall to the ground from 1 meter" syndrome. As a result it doesn't boot - the beeper keeps sounding (~4 seconds beep + ~8 seconds beep, over and over again) and the graphics card emits no signal (monitor is completely black, like when nothing is connected to it).
The machine's warranty period has expired, and HP demands a ridiculous amount of money just to give it a look. I've taken to the two repair shops near my place, but they told me they can not repair it. Both told me that the issue seemed to be on the motherboard, but I'm not even sure they gave it a proper look. I can't tell you why, they looked ... unprofessional.
So now I'm wondering about performing the repairs myself.
I'm a programmer, but I'm no hardware expert. I'd like to replace the broken parts, but I need help identifying them as well as choosing the right replacements.
- Keeping in mind that I have no spare parts, how can I determine that the issue is on the motherboard and not, say, on the graphics card?
- If the problem is in the motherboard, then I know I'll probably have to change the CPU & memory too. But can I use any microATX motherboard? Are there different sub-types, or any gotchas I should know about when buying a replacement?
The computer is going to be used for browsing the Internet & word processing, I just need something that can run Win7 + word + a browser. The data on the disk is completely worthless and I'm ok with reformatting it.