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A PXE-61 error message is most likely a faulty hard disk.
Try reseating the hard drive first and if you still get this error message again then you need to replace the hard disk.
To boot up with the CD you maybe able to press the F12 function key when you power up the laptop, this will bring up the a menu option to select an alternate boot device. If this option is not available then go into the BIOS configuration and change the bootup order and make the CD as the first boot device and the hard disk as the second device. You can can it back later.
RESTART: PRESS F8 AFTER RESTART: CHOOSE: SAFE MOOD: AFTER THAT MAKE SYSTEM RESTORE FOLLOW THIS INSTRUCTION: http://laptop-driver.blogspot.com/2008/09/system-restore.html
IF NOT WORKIN AFTER PRESS F8. RESTART AND PRESS F2, YOU SHOULD ENTER THE BIOS(BLUE SCREEN) THIS IS TO TEST IF F2 WORK MEAN YOU WINDOWS XP/VISTA CORRUPT. YOU NEED TO REPAIR OR FORMAT IT. (IF YOU KNOW HOW TO REPAIR WINDOWS JUST DO IT OTHERWISE IF YOU NOT REALLY WANT TO KNOW JUST FIND SOMEONE WHO COULD DO THAT. JUST SHARING =)
Ok the first step to try is logging into administrator most people never set a password on this account. if this does not work there is free software to remove passwords just let know and I can get the name of what I has used before.
There are Linux password recovery programs on the Internet that allow you to remove the passwords on User accounts.
You can Google search and download the program, you then need to make a boot CD with this program.
ALternately you can purchase a copy of Windows XP or Vista and wipe Windows 2K and install XP or Vista on the laptop.
I think that has to do with the BIOS if it cant boot compeletly. Try pressing the key indicated to enter into SETUP if you cant just try and look for a jumper on the motherboard that is written CMOS it may be a button or something.
When the system starts, hold the F10 key and go into BIOS and set CD Rom as 1st Boot device (in Boot Order).
Because most Compaq's would put the BIOS in a hidden NON-DOS partition on the hard drive, you may have to get an OEM recovery disk for that model. Because there is no BIOS to go to, the machine doesn't know it has a CD, HD or Floppy to go to. A boot floppy/CD is no help.
With another desktop and IDE to Laptop HD connector, FDISK (make active partition and hidden partition [5mb]), Format both, copy the cabs from WinME CD to c:\windows\options.
Find the COMPAQ OEM CD for that model.
Since there was no exact model number Click here
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