My first problem: taking out the HDD from the laptop. Never done this before… Took a step back, looked at the thing and decided that the HDD should be the little block next to the battery. But I couldn't find the button to release it!
… In the end, googled a hardware manual from internet, found a product manual from Compaq. Figured out which screw to release the HDD.
Good luck, Zim. Wonder how you'll eventually solve the laptop problem.