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    Member mzee's Avatar
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    Question Two HP laptops need a smack sometimes.

    Amongst my collection of computers are two HP G3 laptops, 1x11", & a 1x14". Both have the same processor. One is on Windows 10 home, and the other on Mint Cinnamon 20.3
    If they have not been used for some time they will not boot. A smack on the bottom with a hand, and everything is back to normal.
    I have cleaned the connections on the keyboards & batteries, also the screens. Made no difference. They both work fine if used regularly.

    Has anyone any sensible suggestions?

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    Default Re: Two HP laptops need a smack sometimes.

    Bit of a long shot, but what type of drives are in them mechanical or SSD ?

    Also what are the conditions like where they live ( cold damp etc)

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    Default Re: Two HP laptops need a smack sometimes.

    Yeah if they have hard drives it could be stiction between the heads and platter.

    Although I'm pretty sure most drives have headstack unload ramps these days?
    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

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    Default Re: Two HP laptops need a smack sometimes.

    Re-seat the RAM.
    It's not the least charm of a theory that it is refutable. The hundred-times-refuted theory of "free will" owes its persistence to this charm alone; some one is always appearing who feels himself strong enough to refute it - Friedrich Nietzsche

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    Default Re: Two HP laptops need a smack sometimes.

    [QUOTE=mzee;1317585] A smack on the bottom with a handQUOTE]

    LOL, I'll tell my brother. He is having problems with his very new HP printer.
    Ugh, HP....but A)Linux and B)number of pages and C)Budget and D)the dire lack of availability of the things lately......sadly it ticked his boxes.

    A bit smacking would be great
    Ex-pctek

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    Default Re: Two HP laptops need a smack sometimes.

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    Bit of a long shot, but what type of drives are in them mechanical or SSD ?

    Also what are the conditions like where they live ( cold damp etc)
    Drives are Samsung BJNB4RR mmcblk0p1 (soldered in)
    RAM 4GB (soldered in)
    Intel 1.6 ghz x2 core (soldered in)
    Only difference, apart from the screen size, is the touchpads, one i Synaptics & the other Elan.
    Kept in living room on shelf with several others.

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    Default Re: Two HP laptops need a smack sometimes.

    will not BOOT , or will not POST ?

    could be power socket issues, a smack could wiggle it enough for a better contact.
    try a wiggle instead of smack
    or HD issues , as noted above

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