The situation: a Compaq Presario R 3000 that turned on about a year ago, but since then only a little red light comes on with the battery in or out; I am not sure if this model was supposed to turn on with the battery out.
The question: Is this a reparable problem, and what might be the cause?
The machine was (I think) running Windows XP. When turned on it asked for a (now forgotten) password. If I can't get the machine to boot is it possible to take out the drive, put it in an enclosure, and access the files that way?
I am less familiar with Windows machines. Could I put the drive in an enclosure and link it to a more recent computer (say a Dell) and run it from there, bypassing the PW?
Thanks in advance