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Before boot menu problem

When i start my computer the compaq logo stays there and a thick line from the right top side just blinks need assistance

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  • john woods Feb 05, 2008

    Dear map 9966

    thanks for the help I appreciated (ALOT) you have no idea how much this helped thanks hope to talk to you later



    WOODS24

  • john woods Feb 05, 2008

    oh map 9966 when i turn the PC on either the CD-ROM or floppy disk makes a buzzing noise its not even the hard drive because i checked make sure it wasn't that need more guidance

    WOODS24

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Lets check & see if your hard drive is still bootable before doing anything else. As soon as you turn on the PC start pressing the F8 key every 2 seconds on the keyboard. A Boot menue will come up. Choose your hard drive by moving the up or down arrow keys. than press enter. You should see other bootable devices like, Floppy (if you have one connected), CDROM & Hard drive. Still stuck with the blinking line? Every computer uses a differant F key to enter the Bios. Your's can be F1, F10 or F12. Just like the you did with the F8 key restart & try each untill you enter the Bios. It will help you a bunch if you have your manual that came with the PC. When you get into the Bios it will load at the main menue. You'll know this because you can set your time in this window. You will not be able to use your mouse just your keyboard. At the bottom of the screen is instructions on how to move around in the Bios. In this Main screen your looking for your hard drive. It should be listed somethink like IDE Primary Master and its nameed like "ST3250NV". Thats an exzample name. Your will be differant. Listed under the primary Master will be Primary Slave. Under that will be Secondary Master than Secondary Slave. One of the Secondary devices will list your CDROM. If you do not see anything listed for the Primary Master than your drive is faulty. The link below shows what is inside of your Presario 4090US.
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00009310&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&product=92635&lang=en
You will need a new IDE hard drive.

Posted on Feb 01, 2008

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso Feb 05, 2008

    Welcome back woods,

    Ok, remember how you got into the bios? Remember which F key it was? Well we need to go there again. This time you want to go to Boot. Under Boot you have choices. Most people have the Pc look for bootable devices before going to the hard drive. Normally the first device would be the Floppy disk drive.

    The second would be the cdrom drive & the third should be the hard drive. It is normal to hear the floppy drive make a noise but for only a couple of seconds. The bios is checking to see if there is a disk in it. Than if you have a CD in your cdrom it will also make some noise, like spinning up. If the cd is not a bootable disk like a windows CD. The Pc keeps on loading to - (what is next?). Yep the hard drive & Windows splash screen shows up for work. If you hear a buzzing noise it's most likely the floppy drive. To be 100% sure you would have to remove the side panel from your Pc. Usually it is the left side while you are facing the front of the Pc. Inside you'll find a power cable & a data cable connected to the floppy. Unplug the data cable. It's much wider than the power cable & their both plugged directly in to the floppy drive. Oh, & please unplug the main power cord before even opening the Pc case. Lastly before you stick your hand inside of the case. Touch the frame on the case, like the inside bottom first. That gets ridd of any static your body my contain.

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