The HP Pavilion dv2700 is a 14.1'' laptop that was followed by the HP Pavilion dv2700 Special Edition.

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System won't boot just a blinking cursor

I've been working on this HP pavilion dv2700 and it won't boot. when I access the BIOS the scree only has the date and time that can be changed. There is nothing for the hard drive or the boot sequence.

On the screen when I turn it on just has a blinking cursor.

Update (03/03/2016)

Thank You all for your input... It turned out that the hard drive is dead. I installed a known working drive and it would not power up. As a result I'm trashing this laptop and selling it for parts.

Thanks again for your help

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There's several possibilities here . You may have a corrupted bios , the hard drive failing would not explain the lack of bios. You can remove the hard drive and try to enter the unlikely the bios is being effected by the hard drive. You may have a bios level virus or the motherboard may be on its way out . Is there a OS on the laptop? A few options are to reset your bios by removing the bios battery if it is so equipped if not do a bios jump off the board, find the bios jump points that reset the bios or just flash the bios to a newer version or reinstall the older one. Hope this helps

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Sounds like the hard drive is not seen by the BIOS. Can you access the boot menu from startup? Usually a different key than for entering BIOS, like F12 or something.

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Hard drive most likely faulty. I'd get a computer technician to test the laptop.

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I took the battery out (the small battery on the motherboard) but I don't think it reset to bios... The clock still had a date from 2014. The other Idea was to change the boot sequence by holding to f12 key. I'll try that next. Any idea to reset the bios?

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You can reset the CMOS by taking all power sources from the laptop and holding down the power button for ten secs or so. That should pull all power from any capacitors and clear the clocks and ram chips. When you restart, the BIOS will update to its basic configuration and reread all the hardware. This should find the hard drive-if it doesn't? Hard drive or motherboard problem....


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