Question about Compaq Computers & Internet
It sounds to me like the computer is coming on but not booting. That is, there's power but it isn't actually starting up, so no video ever gets to the monitor. Until there is a video signal from the computer (you're calling it the hard drive), the power light on the monitor will stay orange. Also, the power supply fan in the computer spins at maximum speed until the computer starts up, and that's likely what you're hearing that sounds so loud.
Unplug the computer's power cable and remove the side panel. Make sure the memory modules are firmly seated in their sockets. This is a common cause for computers not booting. You can download the upgrading and servicing manual for this computer from HP's site here. This will give you all the instructions on how to open the case, where to find the memory and how to remove and reinstall it. Also be sure that all the internal cables are properly seated as well. Plug the computer back in and try restarting. Most of the time this will get you running again.
If the computer still doesn't start, the most likely causes are motherboard failure or a power supply problem. Unless you have access to parts to substitute for testing, your best bet is to have a computer service shop check it out for you and give an estimate for repair.
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