Hey folks I'm attempting to help out a friend whose laptop won't boot up. It's a Compaq Presario 1200 from about 5 years ago. Here's the symptoms: When powered on the "Compaq" logo/splash screen is displayed. This is where the computer gets stuck - the logo remains on the screen and nothing happens. Pressing F8 will not bring up any windows boot options I can't access the BIOS settings either. The fans sound like they're working fine The floppy A drive is getting power, however inserting a bootable floppy disk does nothing when turning on the computer. The DVD drive has power, however anything put in the drive (including a bootable CD) is not being read. If the computer itself cannot be salvaged, can any of the data on the hard drive be (assuming the hd isnt the issue)? I've never opened up a laptop before, is the hard drive connected w/ an IDE cable? Would removing the HD and attempting to connect it to another PC via a USB to IDE adapter work? Thanks for any suggestions, I really appreciate it.