Does it power on without the battery in the machine?
No it doesnt, i have had this prob before as well... but somehow i managed to start it cos i saw the charging light come on at some point.
I knew that it had discharged this time, and was hoping that i could have done the same thing earlier to get it up, however am stuck now with no backup as well
its the motherboard which is faulty for sure, but living in india i dont have support from HP although i have an international warranty. they have said that it needs to go back to the US from where it was purchased... Feel totally cheated here and worse is not having access to my files!