It seems my computer has crashed but not sure what the problem is. I have an HP Pavillion p6310f with Windows 7 home edition. I bought it less than 2 years ago. 6GB RAM, 1TB Western Digital (green version) hard drive, AMD Athlon II X4 630 Quadcore.
I was just working like normal on my computer, didn't even have a browser open, when all of a sudden a message pops up that an error occurred and that for the safety of the computer it would shutdown.
After it shut off, I tried starting it back up. There weren't any boot loaders detected so I went into the BIOS to point them. No drives were detected at all. I had no option to boot from.
So I gave it a good power cycle. After that I was able to detect the right boot driver and get started up. I chose to start Windows in safe mode. Once the computer is started up its really slow, unresponsive, completely freezes up and sometimes just shuts right back off.
Seems to me like its a hard drive but I don't want to go buying a new one if its sounds like its something else. Just thought I'd check with you guys before taking it into the computer store where they will probably charge me just to look at it.
In the end its the hard drive. I was able to run diagnostics on the CPU, RAM, Power Supply and they came back fine. When it tried to run the diag on the hard drive, it froze and wouldn't run. So, safe enough to say, its the hard drive.