Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: hard drive question
Jen, along the back edge of your presario, check to see if you have vents cut in the plastic case. If you do, you have a model with a fan in it. The one on the left has the fan in it. If you can get a hold of a stethescope, even one from a kid's toy set will work, place it on the underside of the laptop right below where the vent is cut. Listen for the whistle. It should get fainter as you move the steth away. If you shine a flashlight in the vent and use a magnifying glass, you should see the blades turning.
If the fan is ok, then check the hard drive. With the laptop in its normal face up position facing you, its in the left hand corner closest to you. Open the lap top and start it like you normally would, and place the steth in the left close corner area, and if the whistle is heard, again move the steth away to see if the volume changes. If you here little chattering clicks as the computer boots and the whistle is not localized there, your hard drive is ok. If you here a monotonous loud click-click-click, and the whistle is loud at that spot, get a backup fast because that baby is fixing to fail.
Presarios are a bitch to fix. Don't let some amateur try to fix it. Hard drive out to run you about $400 total, parts and labor at a good shop, fan about $130.
Sometimes the only problem with the fan is dirt. Get a can of canned air and blast it while the laptop is turned off. Its a good idea to make a regular practice of checking the fan, because if it quits, your laptop will fry.