Before I pronounce this laptop DEAD...?
HP Pavilion ZV5000, circa 2004.
No boot. Backlit power button and other indicators on the base illuminate when I hit the power button. The fan runs for about a second (self test?) then shuts down. I can hear the disk spinning, and can hear what sounds like a "recalibrate" cycle from the disk every 5 seconds or so.
No backlighting on the LCD, nothing on the display (LCD or external monitor). I can shut the laptop down by holding the power button for 10 seconds.
Reseated memory module, reseated HDD. (The HDD seems OK; I installed it in another computer and recovered files using an Ubuntu Live CD session.)
Battery pack in or out makes no difference; AC or battery makes no difference, external monitor makes no difference.
I'm certainly not going to invest any money in an eight-year-old laptop.
But have I forgotten anything easy?
(Absent a solution, "best answer" will go to the most clever eulogy.)
"He's dead, Jim!"
I suppose I should test the FAX and printer, now.