So I just factory reset my laptop. I left the room and came back to the HP logo flashing on the screen. After some time I reset the laptop via power button and when the computer starts.. the same screen is flashing. I can't get to the bios or the system info (F2). I'm thinking the hard drive crashed during the reset, but idk.
<Sigh> Every time I read one of these Factory-Reset-Failed posts I cringe and continue to wonder why everyone seems to think a factory reset is a miracle cure when, in many cases, it only serves to make things worse!
If a factory rest starts out OK and then halts part way through, that is nearly always an indication of a failing drive -- which is a hardware issue that a factory reset will do nothing to fix.
If not, you have to follow these steps: 1) Press Esc key repeatedly, several times a second, while rebooting the laptop. Do NOT hold the key down, just press it over and over. 2) Eventually, you will see an HP Startup Menu 3) press the Function key for testing the hard drive (usually F2) and let it run.
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