will not boot past the bios with my SATA HDD. All I get is a blank
screen with a blinking cursor. I know all my parts work, because I put
my HDD into another computer and it booted. I tried putting an IDE HDD
into my computer and it booted, but it isn't mine. Also, when I try to
use the Windows XP disk to reinstall, it checks the system's configurations, then goes blank. Can you help me?
Yeah, I'm using a Maxtor 160GB External, and it won't let me boot, even if I then take it out. I have to remove the drive and then start the computer, and re-insert the drive. This is a nuisance, can anyone help?
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Re: Computer won't boot
1. Check that the M/b will support the 160 GB HDD 2. If it ok check the Hard disk jumper. 3. See that the jumper must be in Primary Master 4. Connect the Data Cable of Primary 5. Check the jumper of any other HDD or CD/DVD roms
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If you are interested in solving the problem more easily and quickly. I think you can try this computer boot up suite, a boot CD and several other data rescue tools that help get your PC going even if Windows won't start or computer won't boot up at all.
That blinking cursor is the way in which the BIOS is telling you that Windows or any other OS is missing . Since you are getting it without even an hdd connected it means that the southbridge is defective. Which means that the motherboard is dead, replace it.
Most of the time, the machine booting with the blinking cursor
indicates a problem with the HDD itself.
You can do the
1) Reseat the HDD 2) Check BIOS boot
order and see if the HDD is still recognized at BIOS level 3) Load
the BIOS defaults (F1 at boot, then F9, F10) 4) If the HDD is
detected at BIOS, try to access Rescue and Recovery on the HDD (F11 key
at boot) and try to reload Windows. 5) If problems persist, I'd
highly recommend replacing the HDD!!
SHUT DOWN COMPUTER AND CLEAR CMOS BY RESETTING JUMPER ON MOTHERBOARD AND THEN RETURN JUMPER TO NORMAL POSITION OR USE RESET BUTTON. UNPLUG ALL HDD SATA CONNECTORS FROM HDD. BOOT COMPUTER TO BIOS. MAKE SURE ENABLE ALL SATA IS ENABLED, PRESS F10 AND EXIT.YOU WANT TO SHUT DOWN AGAIN. NOW REATTACH SATA HDD AND CONNECTORS AND BOOT TO BIOS AGAIN. NOW HIT F10 AND LET COMPUTER RESTART AND LOAD INTO THE OS. LOGON AND CHECK DEVICE MANAGER..SHOULD BE THERE. IF NOT CHECK MOTHER BOARD WEB SITE FOR BIOS UPDATE. IF BIOS UPDATE DOESN'T DO THE TRICK, SHUT DOWN AND DISCONNECT THE IDE DRIVE, UNLESS IT CONTAINS YOUR OS. TRY BOOTING TO BIOS AND CHANGE ORDER OF 1ST BOOT OPTIONS, HIT F10 AND EXIT AND ALLOW COMPUTER TO BOOT TO OS, THEN LOGON, GO TO DEVICE MANAGER AND REMOVE IDE AND RESTART, ONLY IF THIS HDD DOES NOT CONTAIN OS. YOU SHOULD BE FINE AFTER THIS, OR INSTALL YOUR OS ON THE SATA HDD.
in this case you mention that it check then system configuration and then goes blank,so therefor your windows XP installer is corrupted replace your windows installer.regards and have a nice day don't forget to rate me.
As far as the rebooting is concerned id check the bios boot order make sure it can see the HDD. You normally recieve that blinking cursor when it cant find the HDD or boot device.
Also have you tried using hte restore cd's It's a bit of a last resort effort but my guess is your HDD is dead if you attempt to run the Restore CD's and they fail it pretty much means its the HDD.
The cracking noises will be from the speaker wires either loose or touching something else causing a static type effect. Fix is to adjust wires possibly replace them. Not easy to do by yourself. Unlikely that the speakers are affecting the reboot though.
Other possibility is a faulty mainboard capacitors that will definatley rebooting to occur.
Let me know how you go with the bios and restore discs or if you need further help.
Try your old HDD in it and see if that works. If it does work then nothing is damaged except your DVD drive/Controller. Try putting the new HDD in another computer, installing windows then putting it back in the HP. If all else fails then flash the bios with an updated image and see if that rectifies the problem.