Turn computer on , and will stay on a blinking cursor , will not allow a fresh install of os. changed out all parts i can think of, hd,ram,cd rom, cant get nowhere. help! have this problem on 2 hp computers, a305w and a 350!
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Well Jim I hate to say it but you have to Install a fresh copy of Windows or Mac, what ever you have installed. The problem lies with your Boot Section, your computer can't read the sequence required to run your system. If you have an Installation disk for your windows or what ever, it will read that when you Re-Boot and take off from there. Sadly, if you have files you need to keep their lost unless your System Disk will let you repair instead of installing a fresh copy of windows. That should do the trick. If you don't use your windows disk, you have to have some type of Bootable Disk to read from. Good Luck.
Download the drive test for the hard drive. Put the drive in your other computer and run the test. If it test good on simple test do the long test. IF IT COMES OUT FINE, Run the Zero program and then try to install the O.S. Check your BIOS settings and make sure everything is set right. You are on the right track. You just did not know how to test the drive. If it is a Toshiba you will not find a hard drive test. You might be able to use the Maxtor or Seagate drive test. Use the windows version if you can. If you can't do any of the test, right click on the drive and check for errors.
try getting into the bios and setting it to boot normally, turn off fast booting if its an option thats on, also, set your CD drive as the first boot devioce, then hard drive. Save and reboot, have CD in drive and just start hitting the F10 key as soon as it starts up, usually you hear a Beep when it detects that you are hitting the key for the boot options. HP pavilions where made to start and skip through the Post Process quickly to limit waitnig time, of course this sux when you want to boot from a cd.
You could try remove ing the BIOS Battery off the board and unplugging the system, wait a minute for it to discharge and put it back in, power it up and see if it lets you boot from CD.
Your bassically resetting the BIOS to factory defaults.
Also, i dont recomend buying HP Pavilions. i wokred on three seperate ones that a customer thought was a New machine ( this was back in 2001 ) but all the parts where 1995 parts, which means wghen they tried to upgrade to windows XP, XP doesnt have any generic drivers for hardware that old so nothing worked and yuo cant find any driver online that are that old.