I was using a laptop on a raining day, and it got fired! Lightning struck, i got a shock, but temporarily without any fatal incidence.

Compaq presario CQ61 aka insyde

but my laptop was affected, it was plugged in when i was using it. when i tried to boot some days later, i got an error message

Serial Number:  (empty- nothing is shown)
UUID Number is 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000
Product Configuration ID:  00000000000000000
Factory installed OS:  non-vista

presently, the laptop boots up,but stops at the win7 logo with the progressbar. I tried to format, still stops there, i thought of doing a bios update, but need your imputes

  • So, was the power brick on a surge protector? Commented Aug 11, 2013 at 18:35

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1) Warranty is most likely void. BUT it might be covered by your householders' insurance.

2) At the moment, your machine is a brick. Flashing a BIOS won't make more bricked.

3) But I don't think it'll work. Your laptop forgot its serial number, model, what ever the factory flashed into it. Flashing a BIOS won't change this.

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