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Compaq Presario 2800 boot error

Ok, so I wanted to add more memory to my laptop. I had an old laptop lying around, so before I went to buy another memory I thought I would switch out one of my sodimms with the one in the other laptop. So I did, and I pressed F1 to save the changes, everything was going well until I got Windows Boot Manager screen, saying that:

Windows encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer.

This error can be caused by unplugging a removable storage device such as an external usb drive while the device is in use, or by faulty hardware such as a hard drive or cd-rom drive that is failing. make sure any removable storage is properly connected and then restart your computer.

If you continue to receive this error message, contact the hardware manufacturer.

File: Windowssystem32winload.exe

Status: 0xc00000e9

Info: An unexpected I/O error has occurred.

So I press enter and I get a screen where I can choose the operating system. All I have is Vista so I press enter and it sends me back to the error screen.

So I say ''Snap!'' and I turn everything off and switch back to the old memory. Then I press F1 again and everything happens the same again!! Please help me!!

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  • stepht319 Jan 24, 2009

    no this is not during an install. i just put the regular memory back in and pressed f1 to save changes. i'm not installing anything, just trying to start up my computer

  • stepht319 Jan 24, 2009

    nothing happens when I press F8

  • stepht319 Jan 26, 2009

    I don't think this problem had anything to do with the memory after all.  I finally fixed it.  But I had to reinstall the OS.  I believe it was having this problem before I even shut down the computer because it couldn't find another file it needed to install a program.  Then the computer froze on me and I became impatient.  This is where I believe I ruined it.  Because I pulled out the battery.  So, I may be wrong but I thought that maybe I just ruined the file.  I reinstalled the system and everything has been fine since.  I upgraded the memory without any problems.  Thanks for trying! (And even though I pressed F8 repeatedly, nothing happened)

  • stepht319 Jan 26, 2009

    I would have if I had thought at the time that it was important.  But I was at a loss, I'll know next time.

  • Stephen Wilkins
    Stephen Wilkins May 11, 2010

    is this during install? have you tried F8 system restore or fix startup problem? make sure if you have any card readers theat there is no cards in them... including Pcmcia



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Tried F8rapair your computer and startup repair and system restore...

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    Stephen Wilkins Jan 26, 2009

    you have to tap it repetitively until you get the menu and as soon as you turn on your computer and the bios screen goes away...

  • Stephen Wilkins
    Stephen Wilkins Jan 26, 2009

    these are all important things when you are having an error ....... you should have posted this the first time...

  • Stephen Wilkins
    Stephen Wilkins Jan 26, 2009

    no worries...



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    Initially, the model is one I am not familiar with. But, a Compaq is a Compaq and a laptop is a laptop. Based on your description:
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    On all of the above, I would suspect either the battery or the touchpad more.

    Incidentally, may I inquire where locally were you able to acquire the keyboards. I have need for two (2), both for Compaq Presario 2100s.

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