Question about HP Pavilion a305w (DM181AR) PC Desktop
I have windows xp home edition and
windows doesn't start.
I tried recovery from hard drive but
i get a black screen with ( _ ) intermitent
and i can not go to anywhere.
I tried too pressing F8, F10, and F12 and
one more time i got the black screen or
windows blue screen stop: 0x0000008E,
0xF6ECD778, 0x00000000, or windows
system 32 error 257.
A friend mine gave windows xp professional
cd and at to install i was at 2% of installation
but were more than one hour and half and i
thinking installation was too delay i turned off
the computer.After this i got the same black
screen or windows blue screen describe above.
Is there any one can help me?
Or you Ginko can help me to resolve this issue?
Thank you ,
You've been given some good info already but I thought I'd suggest a PC Upgrade for Dummies book while you're browsing about. I own many of these and I'll guarantee they work for dummies!
Posted on Nov 13, 2008
Error 257 is an error message (according to Western Digital's website of error messages) meaning that you have a hard drive problem. Also, from the sound of your re-installation problem, you most definitely have a hard drive problem. Get a new one, preferable a beefy brand-name one with at least 250GB; more if you can afford it. Installation is not too difficult, if you know your way around a PC chassis. If not, call around to local PC repair shops and ask for estimates of doing just this, nothing more. You can install XP Pro yourself back at home. You may spend a lot more money that you planned if you let them up-sell you, though. If this was a car, you just need a new engine, not a whole new car...just go into this with eyes open and you'll be OK.
Posted on Nov 09, 2008
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System restore will not do what your asking.
However there is a way but you will need a Installation cd Assume you have Windows XP
Then you need to borrow or buy a Windows XP Home Edition or Pro
You can buy one used from Ebay.
There are two options !.Repair install this will save all files/data on your hard drive.
Follow these instructions to Repair install.
Boot the computer using the XP CD.
You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive.
Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft
Windows XP to run on your computer:
To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.
To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.
To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.
Do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).
I repeat, do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R".
Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.
If Repair is not one of the options, END setup.
After the reboot
Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.
Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.
Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.
2. If you want to do a clean install that will completely wipe your hard drive clean then follow the instructions from this site http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/win...
You will then need to reload all Microsoft Windows Updates and find all other drivers and software from http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com/c...
Then wham bam you should be back in business.
hope this helps
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