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Old 10-18-2007, 10:07 AM
 
Location: South Portland, Maine
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Four days ago my computer (HP5550 lap top) did not recognize when the power cord wa plugged in and continued to run on battery. A thorough examination of the cord and outlet showed it to be in working condition. After messing around with it i found that if i shut the computer down and remove th battery...wait a few minutes and reconnect everything it would work. Anycase it has continued to happen. I am not convinced it is a hardware problem but am looking for advise.

Yesterday when turning on the computer i get a black screen with the following warning:

SMAR FAILURE PREDICTED ON HARD DISK 2 ST9120821AS-(S1)

WARNING: IMMEDIATLY BACK-UP YOUR DATE AND REPLACE YOUR HARD DRIVE A FAILURE MAY BE IMMINENT.

KEY F1 TO CONTINUE START UP.

I thinking it all may be one in the ame problem. It has continued with the same warning on start up but so far my computer is still running. I have started to back everything up.

Anyone have similiar experience or know what this problem is. before i sink $300 into fixing this I'd like to know how serious it is.

Thank you
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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Sounds like a hard drive problem alright. How old is your laptop ? I personally would never sing $300 into a laptop when you can buy a pretty good brand new one for $600+ dollars.
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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I agree with BrianH - I would backup that puppy asap.
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Old 05-26-2010, 10:58 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Many computers come with hard disk health monitors built in. The hard disk may be failing. Backing up you data is prudent.

Here's one way to test the power issue. Run the battery down, then shut the computer down and plug it in. Wait long enough for it to charge. Unplug and start back up to check the battery charge. That way, all the charging activity is done with the computer turned off, eliminating any software issues.

That being said, there are a number of laptops that have developed problems with the charging circuits or the power connectors. One of the regulars on this forum lives in NH and works on laptops regularly.

BTW: there is no need to format the hard disk to check it for errors.
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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Many computers come with hard disk health monitors built in. The hard disk may be failing. Backing up you data is prudent.

Here's one way to test the power issue. Run the battery down, then shut the computer down and plug it in. Wait long enough for it to charge. Unplug and start back up to check the battery charge. That way, all the charging activity is done with the computer turned off, eliminating any software issues.

That being said, there are a number of laptops that have developed problems with the charging circuits or the power connectors. One of the regulars on this forum lives in NH and works on laptops regularly.

BTW: there is no need to format the hard disk to check it for errors.
Agreed. The best advice I can give anyone on this forum is to ignore any advice given by someone who's first response is "format and reinstall". These people do not know what they are talking about. And I don't just mean a first-time poster. I mean anyone that gives this as a first response to a problem.
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