When i start up my computer the only thing that shows on the screen is the red compaq screen. i try to press F8 upon startup but nothing happens, i have also tried F12 but still nothing, i have tried the recovery cd and when i put it in the drive light blinks and then goes blank and nothing else happens, the screen stays the same.
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Re: only shows compaq on screen
I work with Compaq computers now and usually your problem points to the hard drive. I know Compaq's will stay on that screen if the hard drive has failed. Try another hard drive would be my suggestion.
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Please try getting into safe mode bt tapping f8 continuously. I had a similar issue and I could not fix it even after several attempts. I called The Best Pc Doctor Team and they fixed it for me.I happened to know about them on the internet.Their support was wonderful.I am including their contact details here. www.thebestpcdoctor.com 877 407 9229(Toll free)
Upon rebooting press f8 as long as option screen shows. This is a list of options that can help you recover your computers previous state. Choose Last known configuration and you're ready to go but if does not recover restart again, press f8 again and in the options choose load normally.
turn of your computer before you do anything ....
unplug all the cables.. i mean everything..
then we are going to a proceedure called as powercycle..
after unplugging all the cables..
press and hold the power button for 5 - 10 secs..
or you could leave the computer for 30 secs.. without connecting the cable..
connect only the basic cables. .such ... keyboard. mouse. monitor.. cpu and restart your computer..
this should work
if not please do let me know ..
Firstly the keyboard does blink, but do you hear 2 beeps one then another a few seconds later, if not memory or graphics fault.
Are you able to start in safe mode(press F8 when pc is booting up)when menu comes up highlight 'Start windows with last known good configuration' then press enter and it should re boot.
The graphics card(if it's not onboard)may need to be removed and re seated, also the memory.
Also check hard disk drive ide and power cable.