Question about HP Pavilion a1410n (ER890AA) PC Desktop
I have a hp a1410n and it wont boot up past the 1st windows xp start up window. it loops. it'll go that far than start over 1st with a blue screen then the wx start up window. what can i do to fix this. i was told that my BIOS need to be flashed but i cannot get the bios to flash. i went to the hp site for the BIOS update and that didnt work! PLEAS HELP! i desperately need my desktop! ;)
Try simple first. When booting, AND BEFORE the XP logo, press f8 repeatedly until you see the boot options menu. If you miss it, you will see the xp loading logo, if so, restart and try again. From the boot menu, try the "boot with last known good configuration" option. If that doesn't fix it, re-boot, f8, and try the "safe mode" option. If it boots with any of these methods, do a full shut down and re-start again normally.
If that doesn't get it to boot normally, I would do the following. (I would, but you should only try this if you have a good understanding of windows and needed programs installing, ram replacement, hard drive repair/replacement and internal computer wiring)
Now, if your computer worked fine, then suddenly started this loop, I dont think it a bios problem. I expect you might have a hardware problem. Did you change any hardware very recently? Sometimes that stops windows from loading. Or, you could try changing the ram and retry, could be bad ram. But I think it is a hard drive issue. I think you will have to reload windows and/or replace the hard drive.
To safeguard your info, you should replace the main hard drive with another drive, load windows fully on it, then add the original drive back in as a slave/secondary drive, and retreive your personal info and files from it. Your needed programs will have to be re-installed on the newer windows drive. When you get all your files copied over (use copy and paste, not cut and paste), you can format the old drive and use it as storage, or just format and keep for the next time, or sell it. I would also run a "drive fitness program" to test it for bad sectors.
Or, if you dont need anything from your windows, you could format and install from the xp install cd. If it loads and runs, the drive is probably ok (I would still test it for bad sectors), or, if it cant load because of errors, the drive is probably bad. Retry with a new drive.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
This often happens during a storm and usually is quite an easy fix.
Remove the power cord, from the back of the computer, with the back of the computer facing towards you, on the right hand side there should be 2 screws top and bottom, remove these screws and take off the side panel.
Inside the case, on the motherboard you will see a large battery, take that battery out and leave it out for 30 minutes.
Now, remove the system memory, the memory will look like this >>>>>
Just unclip the memory, get a clean, dry, soft paintbrush and clean the brass contacts on the memory with that.
If there is any dust on the slots that you took the memory out of clean them also.
Wait for 30 minutes, reinsert the memory making sure it clips into place properly, put back the battery, the side panel, the power cord and power the machine on.
When the system boots up you will get a CMOS error, don't worry about that just go into the BIOS and set the time and date, save the changes and exit the bios, the computer will restart and hopefully boot into Windows.
If you need anymore advice please post back.
Posted on Aug 03, 2009
ok. when you update the BIOS, the settings get changed to 'default' settings. What you need to do is go into your BIOS, and change a setting. It's called "SATA Operations" or something like that. It will give you two choices.... either AHCI or ATA. Whichever oen it is on, choose the opposite. Save and Exit BIOS.
retry booting to Windows. I think this is your problem, but it would be better if you could tell us what the error on the blue screen is. It probably flashes really quickly and is hard to see so I understand if you can't tell us.... but try this and let me know how it works.
Posted on Sep 21, 2009
Try to capture the error message and let us know.
As of now try to uninstall the drivers and restart the computer. If you still have the same issue try to download it from different site and try to use it.
May the drivers are not compatible with the operating system which you are using at the moment.
Posted on Dec 20, 2010
A Blue Screen is more time than not indicative of a driver issue or some hardware issue. First of all when it boots to the screen that shows Safe Mode and the other options, scroll down and see if there is an option to Stop or Disable Automatic Restart on Boot. This will stop the screen from restarting itself when the blue screen appears and give you a chance to read and see what the error is. Afterwards it is ok to run Startup Repair. Startup Repair does not delete any of your personal files. Let startup repair run and then see if it boots. Once again, startup repair does not delete any of your music, documents, pictures, videos or programs. System Restore does not delete any of you documents, music, pictures, videos or programs. System Recovery WILL DELETE all of your music, pictures, videos, documents & any programs you've added since you brought the computer home from the store. System Recovery sets your computer back to the very first time you turned it on after you purchased it. I would run the startup repair, if that does not fix your problem, see if you can run a System Restore. A lot of time the Restore Points are damaged or missing when this happens, but give it a try and restore to a point before you started having the blue screen issue. If all fails you're going to need a system disc so that you can get into the Recovery Console so that you can enter a dos command in the little black box that opens up with white letters. You want to type: chkdsk /r
Let it run. It will run well over an hour and you will notice the percentage of completion going from high to low, but that's ok. Let it run to completion then try rebooting. If this doesn't work, you're going to need to take it to a repair shop or reload the operating system yourself.
Posted on Mar 19, 2012
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