Compaq Presario SR1920NX will not enter boot process
First clue that something was wrong was when I discovered music looping with no program running. Tried to find source but found nothing. When I re-booted, I got the Compaq screen with options to enter boot menu, setup, and system recovery. None worked. I attempted to boot from OS disc. Computer would not recognize drive. I attempted to boot from floppy drive and, again, computer would not recognize drive. I have had to do this before but was able to boot from both CD drive and floppy. Not this time. Any ideas?
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Re: Compaq Presario SR1920NX will not enter boot process
From your description, the BIOS is not recognizing any drives or does not hand off from BIOS to a bootable drive.
Start off by simplifying the system down to keyboard monitor and power cable. Remove *everything* else.
If no boot, unplug power cable, monitor and keyboard. Hold power button in with no power for 15 seconds. This may clear a corrupt BIOS. Reconnect and see if it boots.
If no boot, unplug power again and on the power supply somewhere near where you plug in the power cord look for a small recessed voltage selector. Flip it to 250 then flip back to 115 (these are approximate numbers and may be slightly different on your system). Your system may not even have a voltage selector switch.
If still not booting or no drives are being recognized, we can open the case if you feel comfortable with that.
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Hi, this problem is cause by a corrupted software like you operating system or a program that you have installed recently, you can repair this by restarting your computer and simultaneously pressing F8 on your keyboard, where doing this to enter a selective boot process, when the menu appears choose the SAFE MODE selection by pressing arrow up/down and then enter, don't mind if you see some text it's just normal. Then when you have reach on the desktop you just have to uninstall the program you have installed recently that might cause this looping problem and then restart and cross you finger that it has solve the problem, if not, just repeat the process and navigate to programs, accessories, system tools and select system restore and restore your computer to earlier time "don't worry you file won't get lost" it will restart by itself and hope it will fix the problem. If not.. Format your computer for the last solution. Hope this help thanks
Assuming it powers on - since it sounds like you can open and close..
check 2 things -
1. run set up - press F1 while booting up for most pc... make sure your dvd drive is detected.
2 open case and make sure the data cable is connected on drive and the board.
You will have to restore all of your programs to there default value Rather than doing them individually During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS you can load failsafe defaultsor load optimized defaults ,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart hope this helps
You more than likely will have to reformat due to a corrupt system...I would try first going into safemode (unless i misunderstood ) and to to start,run type "msconfig" and then go to startup tab....uncheck anything you just installed....caution: if you dont know what it is is...windows/system then dontuncheck it because that will actually cause the error you describe. Or try un-installing what you recently install in safemode. if you cant access safemode then use the recovery mode to recover the system files...usually the computer will ask for the windows XP cd. good luck...hope this helps
With limited information, this could be many things, however, I can try to explain what is happening.
The computer runs several tests before it boots. This process is called POST (power on self test). During POST, all critical systems are analyzed, albeit a short test. When the system comes to something that does not pass the test, it usually puts up a warning allowing you to either continue or shut down and fix it.
Sometimes, it comes to a test that creates a "loop" of instructions for the computer. When a loop happens, the computer does the same thing over and over and cannot stop.
A loop can occur during POST if an instruction is not followed correctly. The most common cause for this in your type of computer is a problem with either the boot sector on the hard drive or the hard drive itself.
Try disconnecting the hard drive and boot to a floppy or a cd. If the computer boots, you know where your trouble is.
If on the other hand, with the hard drive disconnected and the same problem occurs, change your memory to fix the problem.
as you boot the computer, start tapping the F8 keys
From the boot menu, select Safe Mode
If this seems to work, you can try restoring the computer to an earlier point from Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.
If Safe Mode also fails to load, you would have to check your disk for errors or you may have to install XP all over again.
Please get back, if you need any further help.