Well it seems my laptop has give up the ghost. The HD started making funny crunching noises and now it wont even post. Now I know a bit about desktops but nothing about laptops so Im wondering if the HD completley died would it still get to bios? Im thinking yes but just wanted to be sure before I scrapped it. Also before it died I was getting lots of CMOS errors when resuming windows, I dont think there was a problem with the CMOS battery but if it is a low/dead battery would it stop the lappy booting? Im thinking no, the CMOS battery is just there to keep the BIOS memory. But again I know nowt about lappys and would just like to check before scrapping it. Is there any other obvious things I should check before I condem it? Cheers. Pete.