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I'm a software engineer, but everyone I know thinks I have the ability to fix any computer problem, so, a friend gave me their Compaq CQ62-231NR laptop, which won't boot up. He bought it used from someone else, so has no warranty, etc., but the machine is barely used - it's obviously close to brand new.

When booting, or testing the hard drive in the BIOS, it throws an error.

I've tried booting from a Windows 7 boot CD made on another machine. This gets me a little further. It shows the Microsoft Corporation/green progress bar screen for a few minutes, then goes black for a few minutes, then I see the white Windows arrow cursor, and it just sits like that forever - I let it sit for a couple days like that with no change.

Any suggestion on how to get this thing running again?

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Press F8 while rebooting it and select "Last Known Good Configuration" from the menu. –  joeqwerty Mar 6 '12 at 1:58
    
F8 does nothing for me –  Eric Belair Mar 6 '12 at 2:09
    
Are you SURE there's no warranty? h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/weInput?cc=us&lc=en Sounds like a RAM issue, best guess. –  Chris S Mar 6 '12 at 2:23
    
Memory Test passes when it's run in the BIOS. –  Eric Belair Mar 6 '12 at 16:56
    
@EricBelair Please edit you question to include the full and exact error message on boot. –  Moab Mar 7 '12 at 4:47

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