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Hi Devocap hello devocap.. thanks a lot for replying.. you asked me to disable other options and place hard drive as primary boot.. but i cannot view any such option!! i can only enable/disble "quiet boot" , "power on display" , "network boot" , "F12 boot menu" , "D2D Recovery", "SATA Mode" .... please advise!! thnx!

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Um......whats the problem that you are having???

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Disable SATA in BIOS, well but there is no option in Bios to disable or enable SATA. Lately HP DV2000 comes with bios without this option (DV2000 - DV2680ee, I lost a lot of money and time with this...

You should not need to disable SATA as it is a way to interface with the hard drive. In the BIOS you can disable a hard drive to boot within the boot options.

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Creating Bootable USB Flash Drive.

The USB Flash Drive must be configured with an active primary MS-DOS partition. It must also contain the boot files. Follow the steps below to create a bootable USB Flash Drive.
  • Motherboard with BIOS that supports USB boot.
  • USB Flash Drive that may be erased.
  • Bootable floppy disk or CD with Fdisk and Format commands.
  1. Plug in the USB Flash Drive.
  2. Make the USB drive the only bootable hard drive. Method 1:
    If available, change the BIOS settings for the hard drive sequence, making sure the USB device is at the top of the list above all other hard drives. Not all BIOS Setup Utilities have this option. Method 2:
    Disable all hard drives in the BIOS. In some BIOS Setup Utilities you can disable the individual hard drives, while in others you will need to disable the controller. Method 3:
    Unplug all hard drive cables inside the case. If the cables are unplugged the computer cannot detect and boot to the hard drive.
  3. Insert the bootable floppy disk or CD into the appropriate drive.
  4. Restart the computer to the bootable floppy disk or CD.
  5. At the command prompt, type: FDisk.
  6. Delete and create a new active primary DOS partition.
  7. Use FDisk to delete all partitions from the USB Flash Drive.
    • In FDisk, press the 3 key to Delete partition or Logical DOS Drive.
    • If there is just one partition on the drive, choose 1 to delete the primary DOS partition. If there are several partitions, the extended and logical partitions must be deleted before the primary partition.
    • After choosing option 1, the screen appears with partition information and a prompt for the partition to delete. Choose which primary DOS partition to delete, and then press ENTER.
    • A prompt appears to enter the volume label of the hard drive. Enter the label exactly as it appears on the top of the screen in the partition information. If the volume label contains gibberish or lowercase letters, the partition will have to be deleted as a non-DOS partition. Try using the option to delete a non-DOS partition in FDISK. After entering the volume label, press ENTER.
    • You are prompted if it should delete the partition. Press Y for Yes, and then press ENTER.
    • The screen changes to show only the total disk space and a line near the bottom that prompts that the primary DOS partition has been deleted. Press the ESC key to return to the main menu.
  8. Use FDisk to create a primary partition on the USB Flash Drive. The drive letter will be C:, since all other hard drives were disabled in step 2.
    • In FDisk, press 1 to Create DOS partition or Logical DOS drive.
    • Press 1 to Create a Primary DOS Partition.
    • The next screen prompts if the maximum hard disk size should be made into one partition. Press the Y key, and then press ENTER.
    • The next screen prompts that the computer will now reboot. Press ENTER to continue.
  9. Exit FDisk and restart the computer.
  10. Start the computer from the bootable floppy disk or CD with the USB Flash Drive still connected.
  11. At the command prompt, run Format by typing the following command: Format c: /s. Press ENTER.
  12. At the command prompt, run FDisk by typing following command: Fdisk /mbr. Press ENTER.
  13. Restart the computer without the bootable floppy disk or CD, and attempt to boot to the USB Flash Drive. If it works, it should go to a C:\> command prompt.
  14. Change the settings made in step 2 back so that the computer operates normally again.

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XP rebooting again and again

Do you now have both hard drives plugged in? You must have the Master hard drive in the IDE1 slot and the second hard drive jumpered to cable select and put on the IDE2 slot. As you are looking at the cable from the open side of the computer, the IDE cable connected to the hard drive should have the red stripe towards you. The end of the ribbon cable should be plugged into the primary hard drive, with the second hard drive plugged into the second plug on the ribbon cable. On the hard drive there should be a diagram for how to jumper each hard drive for primary or cable select.

NOTE: You cannot put a hard drive into the computer and expect it to boot, even if it has an operating system on it. The OS must be installed onto the hard drive after being installed into the system.

Good Luck,


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IBM T30 Start-up HD options

Why do you what to boot up from the 2nd hard drive?
If you want to boot up with a different operating system from a 2nd drive, I suggest you set up a dual boot system with the other operating system on the 2nd drive.
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I ahve a lg p1 laptop but i have lost the original image cd. I have tried to reinstall windows xp of a xp inatallation cd but it keeps saying it can not find the hard drive. Can I download the recovery cd...

Sorry and thanks for the prompt reply

P1 Express Dual

the information on the bottom of the laptop is:

model: LGP1
Config: P1
Manufacturer: LG Electronics

Thanks you for the reply: What model and MFG is it?
The reason it does not see the hard drive is probably the hard drive is a SATA drive (serial drive). Xp will not see the dive unless you have the SATA driver disk.

Can you suggest what I need to do to reinstall windows or download the image

Am I asking to much for a basic step by step process.

Thanks again


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Hello Oldnovii
This Toshiba notebook has both a BIOS and hard drive lock on it. The client has already paid $ 25 to the Toshiba depot to have the BIOS lock removed now they want $ 100 to remove the hard drive lock. The hard drive lock cannot be removed by trying to bypass it using a boot cd or disabling the hard drive boot option in the BIOS. Any help will be appreciated since my client has now had the notebook for 2 weeks and cannot use it. Thanks

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Re: lg tower xp install

the boot device setup in the bios, if you set atapi-cd rom as first boot device. then hdd second. and fdd last.
it appears that you have a faulty connection from the IDE ( 40-80 wire cable ) that runs from the motherboard Primary/secondary slot. check the cable goes from motherboard to hard-drive and is connected firmly, also check the jumper blocks ( small white plastic block ) is set to master or slave on both devices ( cd-hard-drive ) if both on same cable set hard-drive to slave and CD rom to master. if they are both set as master or slave, they will conflict with each other.
if you need further help, please mail back.

mike @ compurepair.

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If I may add to the postings of devocap and coolguy008 (and with their indulgence) in your other posting.

Often, HV would refer to high voltage cables. These are ordinary wires but with extremely thick insulation. Some later day versions uses highly conductive carbon inserts instead of wire to reduce electrical noise emissions. They are used where the voltages transmitted are considerably higher than normally used. Examples are:
1. Sparkplug wires
2. Power leads to neon light advertisements
3. wire from the flyback transformer to anode cap in picture tubes.

Possible sources of electrical noise (that uses HV cables)
a. 2 stroke engines such as those in some lawn mowers, chainsaws, old models of snowmobiles, outboard engines, dirt bikes;
b. neon signs such as those in cafes, clubs, hotels, public places.

Hope that this be of additional help/idea other than those posted by devocap and coolguy008.

Good luck and kind regards.

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What is an hv cable?

It's a 5 wire cable that transmits HD signals from your HD components to your HD TV... unlike the 3 wire ones you use to connect VCRs and DVD to TVs... they permit a faster signal speed and allow for a higher bandwidth ! HV may mean HI VOLTAGE witch can cause electro magnetic interference with your tv. When an ac current passes through a cord a magnetic field opens and closes along the cord and sometimes unwanted RF can leak in to your devices via this magnetic field.They are not too expensive..

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Feb 01, 2008 | Akai PDP42Z5TA 42 in. Plasma Television

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