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Code Purple Hi Holly--not sure if you remember me or not.  You have fixed my HP computer (under warranty) several times.  The most recent was about 6 months ago when you replaced the mother board.  My computer has been stupid the last few month (monitor indicating no input signal and random freezing).  I tried to call HP and they have been very difficult to deal with. They keep loosing my extended warranty and then tell me they are going to call me back and never do.  So--I decided to start over and reset my computer (i forgot what it is actually called).  So I was able to do that and then when I rebooted it gave me a code purple.  I researched the message boards and from what I can understand code purple has to do with tattooing the mother board.  They also said something about Python and hooking something up to another computer and running some kind of code.  Its all greek to me-- do know what the color purple looks like:)  When you were here last  I remember we chose not to tattoo for some reason--I do not think HP send you the right disks.  Do you have any advise?  What would this thing cost me to have you fix it or what in the blazes should I do with it?  Thanks so much for any help/advise you can offer.  Lisa Borick, Nazareth

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    when ever i turn on my computer or try to reset it i get code purple....what is code purple and how can i fix it



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I) tatooing: it is for every motherboard you will have unique hard-disk for eg: motherboard23 you will have its hard-disk sata23

 what is meant there is unqiue harddisk for every motherboard, so by mistake you got a harddisk which is not suited to your motherboard(no-tatooing)

ii) so what i would suggest is call the customer centre(hp) and produce the code called code-purple to them ask them send unique hard-disk that suits to your motherboard.....

or ask them to bench your computer(where technician from them will come to ur house with a new harddisk  that suits your motherboard or he will take total system to their repair centre and get it done....)

and u cant do anything other than this....such as buying a new hard-disk it is the hp customer centre has to help out and insist them to do it... 

    surely they will help u with this...... 

Thanking you

M. Sridhar

Posted on Dec 31, 2008


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