Everything has been working okay on this compaq until this morning. Upon powering up a Red and White HP screen pops up that turns into a black screen which reads quite simply: "Disk Boot failure-insert system disc & press enter".
Sporadically, the computer would pop up the red and white screen but after mashing some random buttons we've been able to circumvent it. We haven't been able to get passed this black screen all day now, though. Any ideas what the problem is? If not entirely obvious we're a bit computer inept.
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A beeping computer can generally mean some bad/corrupt memory and the PC will not boot until it is remedied. You will need to power off the PC, ensuring you unplug the power cable each time. Take out a piece of memory, at a time, leaving the other memory, still in the PC, depending upon how the memory is read based upon the motherboard reading the dim (memory) slots, power back up and re-try. It is basically a process of elimination, until you find the bad memory. Also, depending upon your Dell model, there maybe some diagnostic lights at the rear of the PC to also indicate where the issue may lie, albeit, memory, motherboard, graphics, etc.
The computer could not read your copy of Windows from your disk-drive.
* there is no electrical power getting to the disk-drive (check the power cable)
* the "data" cable between the motherboard and the disk-drive is faulty or not-connected (check it)
* the power-supply in your computer is not supplying power to the disk-drive (try different power-supply)
* the disk-drive itself has "failed" (maybe, the motor that spins the disk-drive has failed)
Take your computer to a professional technician for trouble-shooting.
You probably need to set your boot order in BIOS (setup) to load from CD first. Reboot the computer and press either F1 or F10 repeatedly until the setup (BIOS) menu comes up, then, using your arrow keys, navigate to the boot menu and set the boot order to CD first.
If you can't get into the BIOS through F1 or F10, try other "F' keys until you get in. Also the "Del" key.
Recovering to factory settings is kind of a drastic measure just because of a system hang. You would be better served to find out why the system hung. IN FACT, understand that depending upon what is wrong, the system may hang during the recovery, leaving you with fewer options for repair.
Post back if you want to try to troubleshoot this further. It will take a while, but we should eventually be able to determine what is causing the hang.
It could be just an application that needs to be removed or re-installed. Have you installed any new software recently? What software were you using when the hang occured? What operating system are you using?
It could just be a virus or a bad memory module. Are you able to boot into SAFE MODE" (press the F8 at boot)?
If you can boot into Windows, go to "Start" > "Control Panel" > "Administrative Tools" > "Event Viewer" > "System" and check for any error entries. Also look at the "Applications" log.
hard drive failure.. can u get into the bios upon boot up if so, try a boot disk if u have one an see if u can start from their.. if your hard drive is out when u try to go to c:/ after having succesfully booted from a boot disk you will get a prompt saying you are unable to connect to this drive.. if upon power up u are unable to get into the bios or the boot disk does not work you may have a mother board/prossessor out..
boot into the bios or if bios support diagnostics boot into that (typically F1 of F10 on power up) If that is not an option boot off the CD recovery disk and run diagnostics on the HD. Let me know we can take it from there.
Aug 4, 2008 00:28:44 GMT 10 pts
I experienced this problem last night, and seemed to have fixed it this morning.
SYMPTOMS: HP Pavilion dv9000, Win Vista x64 Ultimate. Running on battery, battery level became critical; windows went into 'Hibernate' mode. Upon plugging in to mains power, and resuming the Windows session, the Wireless is still disabled, no matter what position the switch is in.
POSSIBLE CAUSE: Critical battery switches off the wireless network card to preserve power. Motherboard seems to log this status but when re-connecting to mains power the card does not receive power again. Uninstalling the driver and getting Windows to re-install automatically upon re-boot does not work.
SOLUTION: Charge up the battery whilst the computer is running. You can charge it to a substantial level, say, above 25%. Disconnect mains power so that your laptop is running on battery only. Set your wireless switch to OFF (this is usually to the left position, away from the orange indicator). Now run your computer down to the critical battery level again (perhaps overnight). In the morning when you press the power button, the 'CHARGE' indicator (looks like a lightning bolt) on the front of the laptop should flash quickly, indicating that there is no charge in the battery. Remove the battery from the laptop's underside. Wait a couple of seconds, then press and hold the power button for 30 seconds. Keeping the battery off the laptop, reconnect mains power. Boot up your PC. When at the Windows desktop and all your startup programs have finished loading, switch your wireless on (to the right position). You should now have a blue light, and wireless should once again be working. You can now re-insert your battery. You might have to setup your wireless network connection again as mine seemed to be 'lost', but at least hopefully the main problem is now fixed.
Aug 8, 2008 01:58:15 GMT N/A: Question Author
Matt, i did what u said, and i'm happy because my wireless switch is WORKING! :) Hopefully it stays this way.