Pressing F1 did and does nothing, and since I had no money to fix it at the time, I eventually gave up on it and left it alone for over a year. I am now in college and would really benefit from a laptop at the moment, so here I am trying to get this thing in working order.
As stated before, pressing F1 does NOTHING. I cannot even get to my splash screen. I have no booting CD's and this particular model comes with TWO HDD's, one for storage and the other for backup/OS. When I start up my laptop, I cannot activate system recovery, ect; the only function I can activate is F10 to get to the bios. I have ran a diagnostics tests on the Primary and Secondary drives, and the test status reads as "#1009 - Replace HD"
Excuse my ignorance but does this mean that I have to replace both drives? And if so, I would now find myself in a new dilema because this computer came with no recovery cd (s) and I do not have a copy of the OS (Vista). What should I do? I can manage replacing two HDD's but I cannot purchase a new OS copy. Please help, any suggestions welcomed.
No, you probably don't need to replace both of your HDDs. Just the system disk. At least I don't see anithing to state otherwise yet. But as your system restore and OS installation are on your system disk you'll need to find new OS installation CD /or DVD/.
/That's the bad side when your OS installation and repair is on your system disk/