I have a whole host of issues to ask about - pretty bad for a new poster. :) Thanks in advance for your help.
I have a 3-year-old Pavilion dv6000 with Vista. Yesterday morning, when I tried to start it up, it never reached the login screen - just goes black, with no cursor. From the HP screen I can access the advanced menus, but attempting to start up in Safe Mode, or the last best configuration, or even to Repair the computer, does not work - it all goes to the black screen. I did run a hard drive scan and there seems to be no problem there (thank heaven).
From what I've gathered from other sources, I'm assuming it's an issue with the operating system. Meaning I'll need to back up my hard drive, then use the Vista (or Windows 7 upgrade) CD to restore the problem. Does this sound correct? I've tried all sorts of methods at startup, and nothing has worked thus far.
The other issue is the fact that I'm in Belgium until the first week in August. I have no idea where to go to buy an external hard drive, or an English version of the Windows 7 upgrade. I also would (obviously) rather not pay hundreds of dollars to ship the laptop to the States. Any ideas? Any advice and/or suggestions would be really, really helpful.