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Replace hard drive on Compaq presario 2190US

I have a presario, 2190US. It hangs at the red compaq logo...allows to push f2 to enter setup but just says entering setup and nothing happens.  Tried booting windows and live disks from cd-rom but nothing happens (stays at compaq screen). Since i can't get into setup or boot from cd i cant do a hard drive self test.  The hard drive is making a ticking noise like a second hand on a watch...i'm assuming bad hard drive (any opinions...only thing other than that its a bad mobo) and would like to try replacing.   Can i replace with just any ATA hard drive...does it have to be same size to avoid bios problems etc...

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I tried "tapping" the harddrive, i am still getting the same thing :( also...did you notice it said the system BIOS is shadowed?? what does that mean? anyone?
this really makes me sick this laptop is doing this.

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Summary: remove hard drive, tap it, re-install. Fixed!

I had the same issue with my compaq presario 2100. Stuck at compaq logo screen. Could not enter setup.
iowatoad's solution helped me realize it was a hard drive problem.
I then removed the hard drive and rebooted. I could now enter setup, so that confirmed the problem was the drive.
I then just tapped (quite firmly) the hard drive, and re-installed it, rebooted. And now it boots perfectly!

Tapping a hard drive is a known technique to (at least temporarily) resurrect hard drives. I've resurrected my ipod like this two years ago, and it still works! It is of course not a great sign for the health of the drive, so you best backup your data as soon as possible. But then again, your drive might be back in business for quite a while.

Hope this helps others out there.

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I have a 2190 with the exact same problem. I have now found that it is the hard drive. The hard drive should spin with random clicking, not that clock-like clicking. The hard drive is located in the front edge of the unit looking like a drive door. Remove the two rubber plugs and two screws. Pull the "drawer" sharply to toward you to unplug the drive. Then try to boot the computer without the hard drive installed. The computer will now let you enter the bios, etc. Weird, huh?

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Re: Replace hard drive on Compaq presario 2190US

NO its a software crash use the installation disk you said you used......go through the blue screen allowing windows to boot up from that disc let it go right to the end and press "R" for the console (the dos line ) when there enter ....     chkdsk /p

Let Windows fix any problems. When finished remove the disc and I bet it will open windows for you.  Please come back and tell me how did you do because most people that I helped with this problem just run but you know old saying "what goes around comes around"

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