Question about HP Hewlett Packard Pavilion Slimline S3100N PC Desktop
I had a similar problem that when I turn on the power, the blue power light comes on but nothing occurs, even the bios page. For a while it succeeded to boot every several tries but it became necessary to try tens of times before it booted correctly. After it started the machine ran quite well, except when I make the machine sleep, then the machine would never wake up.
I found that the MB for s3100n has a common problem of this sort and HP even has sent out an email warning possible failure. When it actually happened to my machine it was too late: the warranty has expired more than a year. The replacement MB was above $250 and even if I buy it it is likely to fail again.
What I did instead was to get a microATX case with power supply, CPU cooler and a mother board and reuse all other parts from the failed s3100n. I wanted to reuse the DDR2-800 memory (my memory was upgraded) and athlon X2 4000+, so Asrock N68-S motherboard was a good choice. You can recycle HDD, DVD burner (SATA), card reader and wireless (internal USB), keyboard and mouse (PS2) as well. It was the first time I replaced a mother board but the case and mobo manual contained enough information to do the wiring. If your HDD is good Windows vista will boot in the new hardware. Get new drivers from Asrock/NVidia and install them to get the graphics and audio working correctly. Don't forget to re-activate Windows Vista using the product key which is stickered on the side of the s3100n chassis before you throw it away.
Posted on Aug 28, 2009
Hi I'm actually working on a Slimline Pavilion at the minute and have checked out what u mean by the yellow light - indicates that the Hard Drive is functioning.
When the yellow light does not come on it means that it's not funtioning..... this may be because a cable has come loose or that the Hard Drive has been damaged.
You will have to check which it is, if there is a cable loose, put it back in securely. If all is securely attached and it still doesn't boot then there is probably a physical problem with the hard drive, which means you'll have to replace it and re-install the operating system.
Posted on Jul 16, 2009
If your computer is less than TWO YEARS OLD, HP will replace the motherboard for free. See this web page: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=c01514044
Posted on Nov 04, 2009
I suggest you to try the steps in the below links:
Posted on Jun 26, 2009
Forgot to say - the internal USB stuffs will not properly fit to microATX board and you would need some craftsmanship to make it look good...
Posted on Aug 28, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Recovery disk, is a disk from your computer manufacturer it is to recover the computer to manufacture settings.
You may visit this HP help and support site http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=c00809678&product=18703#RecoverOS
then click on the link Restore the PC to its original condition with the HP Recovery Manager from within Windows Vista
or you may check "Three ways to recover the PC to the original operating condition"
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