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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Re: Major HP crash
I think you got the wrong disks man, nothing to do with the motherboard.
a clean installation it is recommended to this service at least once every 8 months, it wipes all your hard drive from data, programs, bugs, errors and viruses this will 100% solve your problem guaranteed. for xp, insert the xp installation disk restart the computer and a message will come up asking to press any key to boot from cd. once you do that "i mean you press a key" then a blue screen will load then asks you to press Enter to install xp. 1. press enter 2. select the partion and press enter 3. select continue "it warns you to delete files" 4. select format "quick" 5. now let it do the rest and follow instructions 6. when the installation is finished you'll notice its like new again, some computers will need drivers which you can get from manufacturer website. download and install them. that's it but for a detailed information click here
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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.
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.
Hi, You are correct HP do not provide the recovery disks for this Media Center anymore.
I've just about searched the net for anyone who may have recovery CD's for sale but no no avail.
If you can still get into the operating system use HP Backup and Recovery Manager, its quick and user-friendly. To run,
simply go to All Programs > HP Backup & Recovery > HP Backup
and Recovery Manager.
With HP Backup & Recovery Manager, file restoration is easy. To
recover a deleted file, simply use the Restore Wizard.
For a full
system restoration, press the F11 key during boot up and then select
"Recover PC" from the menu if there is a recovery partition available (sometimes you have to hold down Ctrl and hit the F11 key on boot up)
Other than that you may have to purchase a Windows XP or Windows XP Media Center installation CD from a reputable store like PC World for example.
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.