Question about HP Compaq Presario C304NR Notebook

1 Answer

Message: missing or not connected HD

I tried upgrade my XP home edition to XP pro. w/sp3 on Compaq Presario c304nr. I formatted the HD, created boot disketts & installed, then was request the CD. After a while a message keep popping up, HD missing or not connected. I tried several times than I had to give up.
Can you tell me please what could be the problem?

Posted by on

  • josti Dec 17, 2008

    Hi Poohawk

    I followed your advise and I did several times, then I purchased a new HD and memory sticks, same result. I tried many different variation, different message in blue screen. Finally I toke to Fry's to install the XP pro sp3, but they told me they need the Recovery disk also because system drives need to be reinstalled the right way. I got pissed off to go there for nothing, when I got home I throw in the Recovery diskette and the system started, but took about 4hrs. Now I need upgrade to XP pro sp3, but with this new technology systems I stock. Do you have any advise how to do, because the Frys charge $100.00 and I just spent $140.00 on XP Pro, $150.00 on HD & memory and the Lap Top was $600.00 on sale 2yrs ago.

    Thanks for your advise!

    Sincerely: Joseph Szigeti

  • josti Dec 20, 2008

    I purchased my Laptop w/XP Home edition and I upgrade to XP pro sp3, but with these new technology systems I am stock. Do you have any advise how to solve my problem?

    An other question: I plan to downgrade Vista Home edition to XP pro sp3, it is any chance to give my advise on that solution also?

    Thanks for taking your time answer my recent questions too!

    Sincerely: Joseph Szigeti



1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert that has over 500 points.

  • Expert
  • 324 Answers

Try to remove and reinstall the HD and memory module(s) and see if that doesn't help. If not, get back to me for some more ideas. Thanks!

Posted on Dec 14, 2008

  • Ron Roske Dec 19, 2008

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. If I'm understanding your question, you have XP install, but now need to install SP 3? If that is what you need to do,just go to the XP section of the Microsoft website,select SP3 and download it and go through the install process. If I haven't understood your question,pleasegetbackto me and correct my misunderstanding.



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Full driver set for compaq presario A949 running xp pro sp3

There are no drivers from the manufacturer for XP for this particular model since they never shipped it with XP.

Dec 16, 2013 | HP Compaq Presario A940NR Notebook

1 Answer

Boot mgr missing message

I could have told you you were loading Windows 7 by the symptoms. Try running a Malware program with a register edit-register function in it. If you are switching from XP Pro. you will need to clear your register and all command and drive to . Set BIOS to boot from DVD/CD first then set the hard drive to boot second. Windows. Also if you have access to another computer ask microsoft for tech support.

Apr 01, 2012 | Compaq Presario 5000 PC Desktop

2 Answers

Formatted hard drive need drivers to install windows xp pro

here is what you need:

Feb 17, 2011 | HP Compaq Presario C304NR Notebook

1 Answer

Installing XP SP3 pro on my presario C700

Most likely you have a SATA drive which windows is not detecting. Restart the setup and press F6. You will need to use another system to download the SATA drivers and save to a disk. Then when prompted you can insert the disk. You can also upgrade to XP professional which will almost always recognize the SATA drives. Good Luck.

Jul 30, 2009 | Compaq Presario 700 470024-192 Notebook

2 Answers

Compaq pc, dual boot xp home/hp/pro

Yes it is best to format the PC and reload the OS again although I would suggest that you load the latest version of the WinXP family as single boot OS and work. It should give lesser problems with a single genuine anti-virus installed.......sodeep

Apr 28, 2009 | HP Compaq Presario SR1720NX (EL435AA) PC...

1 Answer

OS Matter


Without the disk you cannot upgrade to Windows XP Pro, because both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional are two different edition / version.

So if you want to upgrade your current operating system from Windows XP Home then you have to spend money to buy Windows XP Pro

But if you want to upgrade the Service Pack then you can very well do it.

Click the link below to download Windows XP SP3 for your edition and install it. Before installing it make sure you have turned off your security programs or better install it from the SafeMode

Good Luck

Jun 17, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

2 Answers

Bootmgr is missing

u use HP Compaq Presario C304NR in this notebook there is one built in recovery partition
when u get boot it display press F12(or any Function key) for recovery press this & follow the instruction

Warning: in this process All data will be lost there is no any option to get it with your data

if this information is useful for u please rate me......

Jun 11, 2008 | HP Compaq Presario C304NR Notebook

1 Answer

Windows Xp Home edition Installation

Hi tross202;
Is that an original XP home edition installer? You may try another cd installer if you can secure one.

Jun 01, 2008 | HP Compaq Presario SR1420nx...

Not finding what you are looking for?
HP Compaq Presario C304NR Notebook Logo

Related Topics:

54 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top HP Computers & Internet Experts

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18424 Answers

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers


Level 3 Expert

538 Answers

Are you a HP Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides