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Won't boot Hello Joe, I have a Presario v2000 with xp home. I resently reinstalled xp due to a system failure. When turned on, it beeps 2 times and then displays on a black screen, Press to resume, to setup. Nothing happens when either is pressed.

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  • d_ephraim01 Oct 19, 2008

    I don't know what the original system failure was. My son was using the v2000 computer. He told me it was no longer working. If my memory serves me, I could not get it to boot past the initial blue screen. I've tried F10 on the v2000 with no success. By the way, thank you so much. I'm responding on the Presario R3000 that you helped me with.

    The v2000, when turned on now, beeps twice and the screen turns black with Press to resume, to setup displayed.

  • d_ephraim01 Oct 24, 2008

    Thank you Joe,

    I'm not having the same level of success with the v2000. I've switched the memory but no change. It won't boot from the cd drive either. I appreciate your help.

  • blm000182 Dec 17, 2008

    i have been having the same problem but i wasent downloading anything i shut it down and the next time i turned it on i got two beeps and the screen f1 to resume f10 to set up but neither one worked i dont know what to do.

  • tiyana4_quee Jan 01, 2009

    I was uploading photos from a memory stick via USB port when my V2000 froze. I manually shut the system down and attempted to reboot the system. When it rebooted, a black screen with 2 lines of text appears: Press F1 to enter setup or F2 to change boot order. I tried pressing the appropriate keys without success. Thinking it was the keyboard, I replaced it with a brand new keyboard - still no success.

    Following the instructions to disassemble the unit, I attempted to remove and reseat the CMOS battery and the housing broke off and needs to be resoldered. Any helpful hints anyone can offer to fix both of my situations. I really like the laptop and have over $800 invested. I would like to see if it is repairable. Thanks in advance for your help.

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    JDTec May 11, 2010

    According to HP, a device did not install correctly. They sugguest going to device manager. But since you can not get past the F1 and F2 condition, I would recommend that you go through the re-installation again.

    This may be what was causing your system failure before you re-installed.

    What was the system failure before you re-installed XP?



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I am unable to install operating system( WINDOWS XP)

Posted on Oct 30, 2008


Hello Joe,
I'm back where I've started. Need to ask a few questions. You recommended to rebuild the unit. How long does most laptops last? Where do I find the right parts and know how?

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Glad to help.. Let me research this a little further.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008

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    JDTec Oct 22, 2008

    This is what I have found:

    2 Short Beeps
    Your computer has memory problems. First check video. If video is working, you'll see an error message. If not, you have a parity error in your first 64K of memory. First check your SIMM's. Reseat them and reboot. If this doesn't do it, the memory chips may be bad. You can try switching the first and second banks memory chips. First banks are the memory banks that your CPU finds its first 64K of base memory in. You'll need to consult your manual to see which bank is first. If all your memory tests good, you probably need to buy another motherboard

    You need to test the memory, Here is a link to the Ultimate Boot Disc. It has many programs used to test Memory, Hard drives etc.:

    You will need to create the cd, instructions are on the website.

    You may have to copy and paste the link into your browser.

    If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.

    Thanks, Joe

  • JDTec
    JDTec Oct 24, 2008

    You said in your comments, that there was a Blue Screen, This happens when memory fails, when a hardware component fails.

    Usually when you have a Blue Screen, you can get around it by going into Safe Mode or re-installing XP.

    Since the XP install failed, you are looking at a hardware failure, again 2 beeps points to memory. Did you try to create the Ultimate Book Disk. That will be the only way to diagnose this problem, by running the test on the memory and the hard drive.



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Is it a restart with a blue screen? Is it XP?
If it is XP do the following:
Boot the laptop with a Win XP cd.
When you boot with the Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your applications, it just reinstalls the Windows files. This is great because when it works you don't need to reinstall all your software.
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