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Xp not installing

While loading xp/2000/linux,os is not progressing at the time of device detecting.hdd/ram/cddvd tested by experts.What could be the problem???

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    umesh prusty Dec 07, 2008

    A new hdd was tasted with the laptop but same problem remains.



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Before installing clear the entire HDD (zero write or remove master boot record). Then clean install. I have had this same issue several times in the past and 99% of the time this has worked for me be it laptops or desktops.

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I have a hp paviliona1340n and the screen comes on an shows the hp logo,but then the screen goes black and says reboot device and press any key, what can i do to get my computer running back to normal

a1340n,windows what?
this pc Desktop is now retired at HP, no support. 12 years old now.
that depend on 2 things what is wrong.? (hdd or OS dead)
came new with XP the dead OS>.

if you have the HP hot key f11 working
or of you have the HP install media kit for it.

i guess the screens ok, and BIOS is OK, hit the bios key yet? power on hit what the screen tell you, at power on.
if that works and the OS fails to boot?
that means the startup files are bad on hdd
or HDD is bad
or the OS is corrupted.

what I do is boot to linux live cd/dvd or usb stick
if that works we know the HDD is the problem in 1min flat.
the we, hit f11 at power on and pick restore, and pick

the 2005 is us on the cusp of having F11 working or not
F11 is the key that has the full XP install on the HDD.
we run a linux (knoppix 7) DVD there and do the DISK test there.
if that fails the HDD is bad.
see it run here, this live DVD OS is the best test disk around.
and 100% free. if you can burn it or burn to USBSTICK mem.

running knoppix tells me pc is ok
and at same time the HDD is good or bad.

if the F11 key works, then if lucky you can do repair restore.
or a start up file fix.
F11 runs the HP restore partitions,
id read you service Guide for you and look but HP deleted it.

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HP mini 110-1025DX act as though it has no OS. Start up: POST, display shows three options F9, F10, or F12. Cannot access BIOS due to missing password. Owner states a virus has been downloaded (pop up...

2009 PC, getting old,
it's not a virus in the BIOS ROM, sorry but is not.!
it had stinking XP on it, so the virus magnet did is it always does.
XP has over 700 exploits, end rant, upgrade it .

the way to trouble shoot any notebook or laptop is get the big battery out. first. unplug it. if BIOS asks ODD. or dead.
then make sure the coin cell reads 2.9v to 3.3v, less is bad.'

then BIOS works, seems it does, just someone set the silly PW.
and is BIOS password locked
HP has a fix for this PW lock, and secret unlock, see last link below.

bad HDD , run linux boot disk test.
can you boot to usb stick with F9 or is F9 bios locked
wish I could see it , or you tell all things that work or not.

if bios f9 key works must how would you get to Gparted,
my guess is you did boot to LINUX media and ran Gparted.
so that leaves what?.
F11 is dead, recovery part, erased. RIP XP for ever, yea.
the OS is dead,? but hdd dead makes OS dead. so...
so run the linux disk test and smart test first.
if that passes then and only now can load the OS from HP media.
next buy a new OS and install it of HDD is ok
if not , new HDD and new OS time.
i use UBUNTU disk (is use a usb stick iso linux), then boot it and click LIVE UBUNTU. yah.
and then run disk test.

like here.

the Pw reset is here,
the real HP is here the real deal ask them,

they ask for service tag data.!!!

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My Compaq Presario X1000 restarts itself when using WIFI

old compaq. LAPTOP,, 14 years old now, Im amazed it even glows at all with CCFL lamps not dead, wow.. its like a musiem piece.
(sorry , grin) (back ground lamps CCFL)
NO OS stated by you , XP, ????? why must helpers beg?

and wifi , (difficult that)
it's not wifi, its just that you use wifi most the time ,SEE? right?
in fact we could remove the wifi module. and prove that.
disabling wifi is airplane mode, (todays jargon) but means the wifi transmitter is now OFF (airplane safe is THAT)

the blue screens tell a lot, and no posted photo of one by you.
BSODs we call those blue screens of *****
XP love to do that. (even with Bill Gates on stage) LOL
BSOD are hard. Im sure it says 2 words, HALT and DUMP !
here is a list of causes.... for sure 14year old relics (legacy junk)

  1. the main battery inside is bad or shorted, remove it run AC , does it, wow, it does, problem solved in minutes flat.
  2. the Inverter is shorted (CCFL card) and bom, BSOD
  3. bad RAM, BSOD XP fast , try 1 stick at a time.
  4. Bad HDD< can corrupte files and XP BSODS in a blink !
  5. any thing shorted, remove all usb devices yet?
  6. remove extra ram. , unplug CD drive?

all techs know rule 1,
is it hardware or software, (this is alway first after #1 above done)
to do that we open the CD tray, insert our free LIVE LINUX CD
and boot to linux
wow it runs for hours ok, proving what, HARDWARE IS BAD
if Linux fails its bad hardware (running period correct disk)
if linux runs i next do a full HDD test, using the great linux program there to do that.

or take that handy dandy, Compac (now HP) 3 disk install disks
set and load disk one, does that run? ok
even full restore. or does it show HDD errors.? oops HDD is bad.

the BSODs are really what.
it means the PC attempted to run and ******* instruction.
in simple terms, it means a program is corrupted.
or tried to do ******* things with memory.
that is why test test the PC with a boot CD to see if the PC is ok.

mr wifi real.
sure this can short, but if it is removed and it still BSODs
its not this card, its other cards, shorted. or not at all. cards.
we call this mini-PCI slot card.


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When i started my laptop it says no bootable device insert bootable device

see if the power cables are conectes to the disk and the ide cable is conected too, if they are, install your system software( xp, linux or win 7) good work

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I was given an HP Mini 1120NR netbook as a gift. The system came with Linux OS installed. My system crashed due to a power failure while I was restoring my system and simulatneously charging my battery,...

first error is step on, never install OS with bad or dead battery
rule 1. so why not stop now and do step one right.
if battery is bad it must be removed and replaced.
as most are this old. ,never seen own old battery like this still good.

This LP stink, have one new parked in attic. hated it.
love Linux do but had the slug processor.
1.60 GHz Intel Atom Processor N270
see that processor, its not a real Intel top class processor
its toy grade.
this mini is setup to boot 2 ways
1 is ROM linux inside
and 2, vista?

mine has a rom imbedded Linux in it that runs using alt boot mode.
but is hard coded in the ROM.
called RESIDENT LINUX. (or techs call it Embedded)

is that failing? or the DVD OS failing?>
the note book can have
ROM LINUX (for ever, its in A CHIP, not HDD)
+ boot hdd linux. boot hdd, XP or Vista.
as you can see you could have 2 linux,
one in rom, and newer one in HDD.
but many linux made do not support the silly ATOM processor.

which OSs are you attempting.

why not buy the HP media kit installs.

here is the driver pages
the media kits are there too.

ask more questions, i played with mine awhile., before parking it.
the claim to fame on this unit
is hDD turned off
boot to rom LINUX and battery lasts 10 hours
can cruse web and read email, on ROM.
very crafty idea but processor is stinker.
maybe ill put in an SSD and see if it can run faster. next winter

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This is the limitation of a 32 bit (x86) Operating System. A 32 bit OS can detect upto 3GB RAM only.

You may either try installing the x64 Bit of XP Operating System or Vista Service Pack 1 or 2 for 32 bit Vista Operation System to resolve the issue.

After installing the SP 1 or 2 of the Vista OS in the Computer, the OS will detect 4GB RAM.

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Insert the bootable media. Shut the laptop down. Remove the hard drive - but leave it disconnected in the bay. Start the machine, let it detect the bootable device, then hot-plug the hard drive. There is some timing involved, but it works.

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Swaping hdd 845 motherboard to 915 motherboard

its always safe to have data backed up

u can swap the HDD

but bootup with the Win2K CD in the Drive and after the files are loaded at the first screen select install then after it detects the OS select R (Repair) and this will reinstall the operating system files and then you can use the system as before though u may have to install the device drivers and motherboard drivers

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Most of the time is your hdd is dead. In some cases the motherboard is dead.

You can replace your hdd.
for OS (vista vs XP), if you have enough rams and high cpu, you should install vista, but for me, I prefer XP.
for the price, you should call microsoft seller.

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