A friend's laptop is having problems booting after she attempted to clean it (with compressed air). I can enter the BIOS to change settings and bootup devices but I can never make it any further than this (the BIOS splash screen prompting F2 for settings, F12 for boot menu).
- If I attempt to boot to the recovery CD or Windows installation CD, nothing happens (it never makes it there).
- If I attempt to boot to the hard drive nothing happens.
- If I physically remove the hard drive I can boot to the CD just fine (but can't get any further).
Based on this information I am assuming a hard drive problem and am considering getting a replacement for the laptop (if I can).
Is there anything I could be overlooking / other things I can try? Does this sound worth my time or is it time for a new laptop? I don't have much hardware to try and swap in to test with.