I have a HP mini 110 with xp home edition, it won't start just stays on with the HP logo , Cannot get into Bios settings or boot settings, once I was able to get it to work , then when I shut it off , and turned it back on , that was it , tried F8, f9, f12, disconnected battery, all that stuff, I seen some people on youtube with the same issue http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMRIUdwBKt0
Hard drive is working can hear it on , also the two led lights are on power and other to right I believe it's the network light. it seem very common with this model , what's wrong with these net books?
I had the same issue as you with the hp screen being displayed with f9 and f10 options non responsive. after long periods of time the laptop would work and then allof a sudden it would go back to not booting.
I HAVE FOUND THE SOLUTION!!!!
After alot of reading and messing about with the laptop i put it down to a hardware issue. The piece of hardware at fault is infact the built in WEBCAM!! For some reason just about everyone with an hp mini is getting this issue so there seems to be some sort of widespread circuitry fault on the webcam circuit board.
The good news is its very easy to sort out. If you want to use the webcam on the laptop you will need to search online and get a replacement, it isnt hard to fit - just a little piece of plastic circuit board with a wire on it.
In my case,my partner never has used the webcam so she told me she didnt need it so just a simple case of disconecting the cable to stop power going to it.
How to do it - You need to pull open the glossy bezel around the screen as there are no screws holding it in place. Easiest way to do this-
1st. remove the battery.
2nd. Get a thin piece of rigid plastic that you can run around the edge of the laptop screen section to pop open the little clips holding it in place. I used a pick/plectrum for playing a guitar as its rigid and very thin, you should get the idea so find something that suits. Always use plastic as using metal may score the plastic and ruin the look of the laptop.
3rd. Start at the top of the screen and push the plastic into the little ridge where the glossy bezel around the lcd meets the top cover of the laptop - in other words the outer edge rim. you should find it will open up a bit and you then need to run the plastic tool around the rim forcing all the clips to pop open. You will hear clicking sounds, this is normal its just the clips opening. Do this all the way around and then along the bottom too where the battery is.
4th. You will find that the inner side of the glossy bezel which is nearest the lcd screen is held in place with long strips of very sticky double sided tape along the top and bottom edges. there are also short strips on each side. You need to gently pull the bezel back off of the sticky tape and you should then have enough room to disable/replace webcam.
5th. The webcam is at the top edge of the screen in the middle. Look for the lense. You will find 3 cables running along the top of the screen, 2 are to the wifi antenas at each side and 1 to webcam in middle. On mines there was a short grey cable with a white plastic moulded plug with a slip strip of clear plastic over it to protect the connection. This is what you want to disconnect. The little plug pulls out from the left side of the webcam and you gently pull the plug to the left and it will come off.
Ok. Job done - the laptop will now boot without any problems so just tuck the little plastic plug and cable in the gap where it was without pushing it back into the webcam connector OR get a replacement webcam pull the old one out, put new one in and reconnect the plug to the new webcam ( I cant confirm if the laptop boots or not with a different webcam as i simply disconected it and left it)
You now want to get the glossy bezel back into position around the lcd screen. push down along the inner edge to get the sticky tape to hold it down and then simply press the outer edges together and the little clips will snap back into place. Once done put battery back in and boot up the laptop. Your laptop should now boot no problem.
The following link should help show how to remove the glossy bezel easily - it helped me out so thanks to the person who made the video!