There is a serious issue with the GPU used on a lot of these series notebooks. The trouble resides with the fan being tied to the CPU and allows the GPU to overheat because of this.
-HP claims the problem is a simple fix. 1. If your warranty is still in effect you can send it in. 2. They are going to flash the bios using their BIOS driver update. So you can too by going to their website and using their BIOS driver update (as they call it.)
-Or if your warranty conveniently expired beyond their extention which I had not read about until it croaked. You can still do #2.
-Or worse yet. You're using Vista. It tried to update. It failed and buggered up your harddrive. Now you can't run the driver update because it ONLY works in a windows environment. "
-So here's a list of things you can do... IF you have experience with computers and a loving caring friend with the same type of harddrive your now dead HP uses you can have him install the program on his hdd move it into your computer and install it on the random chance it starts up.
-But you don't have that friend. Get a live copy of linux (let's just say UBUNTU) and load the WINE environement and then find a miracle way to configure it to get their stupid piece of software to install the much needed driver. Then email me because I couldn't do it.
-None of that makes sense? Well shit, take it to a repair shop or call HP and let them charge your an arm and a leg for a problem they allowed to happen. =)
Sorry HP can't/won't help you,
former HP notebook user