I have a two year old HP Windows XP Media Center and it recently crashed. I ended having to order the system recovery disks but the program will only run the first disk and then stop. HP said that I may need to have the motherboard retattooed but they never said a price and I've been told that it would be cheaper to just buy another computer. I'd really like this computer but it's no good the way it is. Can you help me?
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I think you got the wrong disks man, nothing to do with the motherboard.
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You are experiencing what we affectionately call "The Blue Screen of De##h", which is causing the PC to crash and reboot in a never-ending cycle. There are a few things that you can try to fix the situation. The first, and easiest, is to press the F8 key during bootup and try to go to SAFE MODE. If you can do that, then you can go to SYSTEM PROPERTIES under COMPUTER, select the SYSTEM PTOTECTION tab, and click on SYSTEM RESTORE. This will allow you to roll the computer back to a previous configuration, since it is likely that the crash could be caused by a corrupted or failed update. If you cannot get to SAFE MODE during bootup, you options get more limited. Most PCs today do not come with a Windows Installation disk, so using that and booting in the REPAIR area is not likely an option. This leaves you with either reinstalling using the recovery disk set (if you have one) or with the recovery partition. The downside of these options is that they overwrite ALL information in the disk, meaning all of your personal files will be gone. What you CAN do if you have access to another desktop PC is to shut down you computer, remove the hard disk, and install it as a second drive on the other desktop. It won't boot to the disk, so it can't crash. But you will be able to see the file structure on that disk and can recover personal files to a USB stick or other external media before replacing the disk in your system and using the recovery method(s) described above.
What sounds like sparking could be a head crash. If it is a head crash then you are basically finished with the drive. They all go sometime. The only safe way is to have another backup drive and keep a current second copy of all information which you must save. Even this procedure is not completely safe. The hard drive should not make any noticeable sound (not more than a fan sound). If it does, then it is probably dead or about to die. If the information on the drive is IMPORTANT, then you can contact a data disc recovery site which can help you with removing most of the data from a crashed disc. I pioneered this recovery system idea many years ago and several companies exist now to recover data from crashed discs.
Find a friend with either a "retail" Windows XP Home Edition CD-ROM disk,
or with an 'OEM' ("original equipment manufacturer") equivalent.
Use that disk, plus the 25-character product-key on the label on the side of your computer,
to reinstall Windows, or first to try to "repair" your installed copy of Windows.
Or, if you have a "brand-name" computer (Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Acer, Gateway, eMachines)
telephone the manufacturer, and order a replacement "System Restore" set of CD-ROM disks.
Probably about $20, plus $20 for overnight-courier.
Fit-it utilities usually doesnt do anything. I am not sure where you are at now, but if you run the cd-recovery, chances are it will erase everything and bring it up to a factory installation, then, if you have a backup, you will need to do a recovery. thanks adi
I found the codes within the computer and isolated its parameters overwriting the program and separated the second brain. After doing this I had some old restore disks to preform a software transfer. In doing so my computer came out to a factory style when we first bought the computer. Reformating is what I prefored afterwards. Now it is not stuck in the boot screen anymore and i have no more problems like blue screen of death when my computer has an error or failure to complete a task.
Listed below is link to HP drivers page for M270. The recovery Windows Media Center CD is no longer availabe for purchase. If you have a license copy of Windows XP you can install then download remaing drivers from link listed below:
Your best option at this point may be to just try to reload the OS from sratch. You will loose all of your data but at least your PC will work again. If you have the original HP OS disk or Windows Media Center disk just put it into your CD/DVD drive and turn your PC on. Then when prompted, press any key to boot of the CD. Follow the on screen prompts to reload.
If you don't have the discs, you may have a recovery partition on your hard drive. Try this website:
Are you able to successfully enter Safe Mode? Are you getting a brief blue screen before the computer restarts?
A possible solution (if you can't get into Safe Mode to further diagnose the issue) is to repair the Windows installation with a Windows XP Home CD. If you know someone with such a disk you can use that with the product key that should be on a sticker on the back of your computer. Otherwise, HP should be able to send you an XP CD since you have an authorized copy of Windows on your computer.
Try re-installing the drivers , your crash could of corrupted the installed drivers causing your issues. I have installed Media Center on my Father in Law's cpu and found that it is very unstable at times and also many of his installed programs that worked fine under Win XP SP2 either crash frequently or wont work at all. Driver support is an issue for Media Center IMO. I would recommend if you cannot get the scanner to work after you re-install them , think about changing your OS. Good Luck.