My E500 is now not booting up. It started a week ago with the odd time freezing screens. The only way to end this was to hold th blk button accross and hit the on/off button. Then reboot and all was ok, but it suddenly got worse. now it will not reboot it has the black screen with Compaq written on it for 3-4 mins then it says that there is 1782 disc failure. I have tried many times to reboot by repeating the above way of turning off and now if you leave it long enough it will pass this screen and go to a screen saying isert disc and strike any key when ready. I have tried reinserting the XP disc which causes the screen to flicker a lot and when it stops it still says the same message. The fan is working but it always seems to get quite hot before this problem, although it still gets quite hot but not so bad.
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Re: compaq e500 boot up problem
If it were my laptop here is what I would do:
1. Install a new hard drive.
2. Install the operating system.
3. After an anti-virus program was installed and updated, I would connect the old hard drive to the laptop using one of those external USB hard drive adapter cables.
4. If the old drive proves to be readable, copy documents/photos/bookmarks to the new hard drive.
Hope this helps.
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Move your Document files to the other drive if you have more than one drive on you system or get external drive and move your important documents to this drive. Get a bootable OS CD and put it in your CD/DVD-ROM drive, reboot the system. The system will try boot from the CD confirm the press any key to boot from the CD by pressing any key at this point. If you did not get the message on time before it disappears, repeat the reboot process again. Once the system boots from the CD, follow the on screen step-by-step guide.
Try tapping the F5 or F8 key (could be either one) right after you power up. This should take you to a short text message with a couple of choices to continue; you'll find the Safe Mode option there which will prevent the continuation of the unsuccessful boot routine.If you can reach the Safe Mode, run Restore and go back to an earlier point in time, you may have to go back several times because if you have picked up some kind of malware, it may have been backed up with everything else. Unless it is a really smart bug, you might be able to circumvent it.
What you have here is a sick laptop. I don't know what disease it has but I know the outcome. It will work then not work then work and not work over and over for a long time. Then it will just stop working all together. Thats what sick laptops do. Working on laptops is very hard. I think the problem you are having is a bad BIOS. Or something is interfering with it because from the error code you gave above it leads me to believe the CMOS or BIOS is having trouble getting it to work at boot and halts. One way around this is going into the CMOS or BIOS and changing the settings not to halt on errors. This may result in the CD/DVD drive not working but at least you can turn it on for a while and back up your data. If I were worried about backing up my data I would just pull the drive out.
try booting to DOS screen only by inserting a boot-able floppy disc (I use Win ME disc at this point although my system is also Win XP). Then select "boot with CD-ROM driver". It will detect your CDROM drive and assign a letter. Now insert the CD and boot from there. I have done this sequence many times with no problems.