I found a way to start up the F700 series laptops
Firstly, I do not know what causes the laptop to not start but I have found a way to start it up almost every time.
I recently purchased one of these dreadful machines on ebay and was disappointed when I had the problem described by everyone here. My F730 would not boot up. The escape button did nothing. The F buttons did nothing. I saw the lights start up in front but died within four seconds. Then I found the answer to my problem, the same as everyone else here.
When you hit the power button, open and close the Dvd/cd rom quickly. I have to stress very quickly or your odds for success will diminish. I have found that it forces the machine to start up and keeps the power going.
I even wiped out my hard drive and reinstalled the operating system (VISTA). The real problem started here as it keeps looping when it hits the HP total care program. BIG MISTAKE FOR ME. When I put in a regular vista, no issues.
So in short, to start and keep your laptop running, open and close the dvd rom. Press the open and close button as soon as you hit the power button. It might not do it the very first time but keep at it and with the proper timing, you system will have life again. If it fails and recycles again, turn off the machine and wait a few seconds and start the process all over again. When it does recycle, you missed it. It is frustrating, but when it does work, it is wonderful, believe me.
I would like to get a more permanent solution for this problem, but in the mean time, this method actually works for my machine. I am very sure it will work on your machine.
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