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    Second hard drive unavailable

    Sometimes, my computer(HP less than a year old) won't boot up because it can't find the OS or the second hard drive is unavailable. I've sent it to HP twice, but it still happens. Last time it happened, I left the laptop off for a few days and used my old one instead. When I tried booting up the new one, it worked. Why? The second time I sent it out, they sent me a message implying there was a simple fix. But there simple fix didn't seem to be permanent....
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    I had two identical HP desktop computers 5 years ago. One kept having trouble booting up. I eventually tried the second computer [it hadn't even been unboxed]. The second one wouldn't boot up. But the HP computer at work is doing okay.

    I had a temporary workaround. I would spray the dust cleaner onto a certain circuit to try cooling it down. But even this failed to work after awhile. I think that the integrated circuit had a flaw that allowed it to deteriorate after a year or so.

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    Sounds like a loose connection or something like that.

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    How would a delayed reboot fix that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christianbookworm View Post
    How would a delayed reboot fix that?
    Just moving the laptop could affect a loose connection. It's just a guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    Sounds like a loose connection or something like that.
    In which case, as mw hinted, it could be temperature related.
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    In which case, as mw hinted, it could be temperature related.
    yep. something like a connector could be getting hot and expanding and losing connection. Or just moving the laptop around could jiggle it loose or make it connect. I suspect a loose connection because she said that HP mentioned an "easy fix" and it worked for a while then stopped again. But there is no way to really tell just by what we read over the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    yep. something like a connector could be getting hot and expanding and losing connection. Or just moving the laptop around could jiggle it loose or make it connect. I suspect a loose connection because she said that HP mentioned an "easy fix" and it worked for a while then stopped again. But there is no way to really tell just by what we read over the internet.
    I've had people but the laptop in the fridge for about 20 minutes, and see if it boots, then leave it on the table in direct sunlight (through a window, or out on the patio) and let it warm up.... Nothing extreme.

    Just see what affect temperature has, if any.
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    I've had people but the laptop in the fridge for about 20 minutes, and see if it boots, then leave it on the table in direct sunlight (through a window, or out on the patio) and let it warm up.... Nothing extreme.

    Just see what affect temperature has, if any.
    I wish I knew that trick before I used a blow torch on my laptop!

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    How would I clone the first drive onto the second drive? Copy and paste did not do the trick.
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