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Compaq Presario SR 1520 NX won't boot up, no recovery disk

Hi everyone - I am a Youth Librarian at the North Sarasota Library, and several years ago we received a donation of 3 of these PCs for our kids' section. They were not connected to the internet, only used as "game computers" (for kids to play CD-ROMs).

All 3 of them have crashed. Unfortunately, as they were not provided by the county, our IT guys won't touch them. We know a lot of the kids were downloading their personal stuff on there - music, videos, etc...- and we think this is what caused them all to crash. We have no back-up startup disks. Is there any way to get one? Or another solution, short of paying someone to come in here and look at them? I'm not sure what OS they were running, probably XP. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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If the computers WERE running Xp (CHECK by asking the kids who were using them)
Ask if they saw the xp theme screen.
If you haven't got a Xp system disk then i suggest you buy one Yes it is going to cost but you cant really expect to have a pc or two without a system disk. You'll only need one to get them going.
If you have one or when you get one PRESUMING the pc's are running xp DO the following BUT goto (number 2 at the bottom of the page)

(1) Switch a computer on & press delete to get into the bios settings.
Here You need to changed over the Bootable priority of the hardware.
Usually the order is
Floppy
Hard disk
Cd.
These need to be changed so the cd will have priority eg.
cd
hard disk
Floppy
When this is done Save the settings & restart the computer when you can
When you do start the computer put your system disk in the cd drive
The computer will ask if you want to boot the computer from cd
Do this by (usually pressing a button)
Windows will start from disk & go through the motions as if you are doing a fresh install
But you dont need a fresh install you just want to REPAIR windows.
From here I will NOT continue to say what needs to be done Unless you respond Saying you would like to know more.
I DO feel your I.T. guys SHOULD Be a little more helpful
With that respect they should know how to install Windows XP & how to repair Windows XP using the system disk
IF THEY DONT want to help you from there GET BACK TO ME
& ill continue to tell you HOW to repair your pcs'
IT IS FIRSTLY advisable to FIND OUT what OS's your pcs a runnig & if So HAVE YOU/ARE YOU going to obtain a system disk
Hope this isnt Too confusing for you
Hope ive been some help
So Far.......

(2) Before Rushing out & buying a OS disk Lets check to see if your Little devils havent changed the system Bootible priority
(YOU never know)
Turn on the computer & when asked to press the delete key to enter the bios setup
Here in the Bios set up you want to check that the Bootible priority hasnt changed.
Usually the priorty is in this order
Floppy
Hard disk
cd
If it has been changed it could be in any order but usually the (hard disk) is either 1st or 2nd.
If is has changed Change it back to my recommended & save it
Re start you Pc.
If the pc doesnt start STILL
goto 1
NOTE : ASK your I.T. guys for help IF your a little scared to follow these instructions Also the instrutions At (Number 1)

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