Just got a hold of friend of a friend's laptop. HP Pavilion dv6500, AMD 64 Athlon 2 from around 2007-2008 roughly.
There's no no boot, but I get this:
"NVIDIA Boot Agent 247.0541
Copyright (C) 2001-2005 NVIDIA Corporation
Copyright (C) 1997-200O NVIDIA Corporation
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting NVIDIA Boot Agent.
Operating System not found"
There's just a little click of doom from the hard drive. Popping in a Window disk gets me nothing. So I'm thinking head crash maybe, and this guy will have to pony up the bucks for a data recovery service--apparently he never believed in backing up. I feel for the guy since he's going through a divorce and apparently had a lot of stuff on the drive.
Any practical, helpful, mildly sympathetic thoughts from the experienced and wise forum members?
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