Question about Compaq Presario 1275 Notebook
Ok i installed xp once before and then i installed a program that crashed my machine so i had to reboot when i rebooted i got back in windows but then my battery died i when i pluged it in i turned it on and the i had an error that said to use the phdisk but i dont have the restore cd so i continued to load windows but windows xp gave me the blue screen error so after that i put my windows xp pro in the notebook and booted up and the setup loaded the drivers but all it said was "setup is starting windows". ive tried home,and pro, but i get the same problem and later i just installed me and lived with it until i couldnt use some programs. then i inserted my xp pro to try again then i installed it on me half way then xp wanted me to reboot to finnish the rest so i did and i got the phdisk error again ignored it and tried to finish but it said "Starting Windows" and froze again
Can ya help?
This could also be the issue. Hope you were able to solve the problem already.
The presario 1275 was made in 1999, and it is more than likely the CMOS battery. this was the problem on a unit I recently repaired.
Replace the CMOS battery. If you are inclined to do it yourself, you should be able to find instructions online to disassemble the laptop yourself. when you do the job, be careful with the metal heat shield plate. It has many grounding tapes which should be re-secured when re-assembling the unit.
You should be able to find a replacement at Radio Shack (CR1220).
Posted on Feb 01, 2009
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1. Check your BIOS to be sure your computer will boot from a CD.
Enter the BIOS setup by pressing the "Delete" or F2 or "F12"
key, or as directed at the startup screen, immediately after booting. Set the
first boot device to "CDROM" or "DVDROM" instead of
"hard drive" if it isn't already.
2. MS-DOS command prompt
Insert the Windows XP installation CD into your CD or DVD drive
and restart the computer. When prompted, choose to start from the MS-DOS
command prompt with CD support. The MS-DOS command prompt will appear in a
3. Start SMARTDRIVE by typing "SMARTDRV" at the DOS prompt
and pressing enter. You don't have to run SMARTDRIVE, but copying the files
will be much quicker if you do. The computer will display the DOS prompt again.
4. Enter "CD I386" at the DOS prompt to change to the
directory where the setup program starts.
5. Enter "WINNT" at the prompt to start Windows XP setup.
The installation program will copy files to your computer and then display a
message requesting to reboot.
6. Press the "Enter" key to reboot. The setup program will
start again and check that your hard drive format is compatible with Windows
XP. If not, it will guide you through partitioning and formatting the drive and
then ask you to reboot once more.
7. Press "Enter" to reboot. The computer will restart in Windows XP mode and automatically start the Windows Setup Wizard to detect your hardware and finish the installation.
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