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Compaq Presario CQ40-118AX

Here is a good one for you guys, at the moment i have tried HP and other forums but You guys seem to know your way around.

Anyway I use custom recovery disks for my system to avoid the junk that HP has on theirs. I am current trying to get them to work on this system. I know there is nothing wrong with the hard disk or the recovery disks.

I am getting a BSOD error that teends to suggest that the recovery enviroment can't find the hard drive. I am using a BART PE disk built with windows XP Pro with sp1.

on the last system I had i was able to disable the SATA native setting to get them to work but as I can not see any such setting in the bios for this one, I am at a loss on how to resolve this issue.

The system is pre installed with windows Vist home premium and it is an OEM system.

anyone with a solution to this issue would \be greatfully recieved.

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Hi all can u help me i bough Laptop Compaq CQ40 and used window xp but it dont know some driver. that it recommand to update bios. when i update it done it restart compter and then it can't display. so how can i fix it?
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I'm not familiar with the restore CD you describe, so I can't tell if it's a simple case of something being missing or the symptom of an underlying hardware cause. If you try the official OEM restore set, does it load everything and start setting up properly?

While this isn't a solution to your particular complaint per se, here's an alternative to consider. I've used this myself on several Vista PC's with 100% success. There's a lengthy description here:

of a utility available for download that extracts and stores the activation information from the OEM Vista system, and then puts it back after a clean installation. The end result is a bloatware-free installation that is still activated using the OEM license key. (Note that this is NOT a crack. The system is still the same hardware, same manufacturer, etc., so all the original information still applies. Just no added applications.)

This might get you through whatever problem you're having, as an original Windows Vista DVD normally works without needing any changes on a SATA system. At least it's run on the 6 HP systems I've done this to.

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