Question about Compaq Armada 3500 Notebook
This means that your system can not find a suitable drive to boot off of.
It could mean the absence of a healthy, physically functional drive with an OS, or a version of windows, on it.
It could also mean that the systems drive is not well connected.
The check the physical connection of your drive:
You should inspect the bottom of your computer for any access panels and/or symbols that may look like a stack of circles, a short 3d-cylinder, or just the letters "HD" "HDD" "Hard Drive" "System" these will indicate that the systems Hard Drive is located behind this panel, carefully remove the screw holding the panel and press lightly on the edges with steady towards the connection, most likely this pannel will be on the edge of the laptop, on the side, but this varies greatly.
To check where your computer is attempting to boot from:
While powering on your machine you should see "System Setup" or similar message with a key to press. This key should be F10 for your system
Consult the screen and press this key. You should be in the system setup or "BIOS Setup" This is where your computer hardware settings, like what to boot from, are set.
Reference the bottom of the screen for instructions navigating around Check around for boot options, it should have its own menu.
At the Boot Options/Settings menu make sure HDD/Hard Drive/IDE(any of these may be listed, but theres only one to chose from) is selected for 1st Option.
If you have assured the connection, and where the computer is attempting to boot from is infact the Hard Drive, then there may be a lack of system software on your disk.
You would have to consult your owners manual on restoring your system using disks that may or may not have been provided. The only other option after that would be to purchase a version of the Operating System you wish to use, Windows XP, etc. or consider a less-user friendly option like an Open Source Operating System like Ubuntu or Debian, or other various "Linux"
These steps will lead you through the troubleshooting process, so you know where you stand.
Let us know if you run into any bumps.
Posted on Apr 16, 2009
That means that either the system is corrupted or the hard disk is faulty.
You will need to reinstall the system using a recovery disk or a generic windows system disk.
You can purchase a full recovery disk from HP for about $20.
Posted on Apr 16, 2009
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