My Compaq Presario R3000 laptop (bought June 2004) does not boot up. With the CD-ROM drive and hard drive in, it gives a faint repetitive ticking sound.
Originally, the laptop froze in the middle of an MS Word Application, and then did not boot up again since. The main power light comes on, but that's about it.
I have tried the following:
1. Removed Battery Pack and all electrical connection. Re-connected battery pack - still no change. I have now permanently removed the battery pack and try with the main power supply.
2. Also removed CD-ROM drive. The faint ticking sound stops (thereby assuming it was originally from the CD_ROM drive). There is another small repetitive sound coming from the hard drive. Still does not boot up.
3. Also removed hard drive. I was hoping to see an error message on the screen. I still don't see anything. I converted my hard drive to an external hard drive with an adapter and the data is safe on that.
4. Also removed RAM chip from under the keyboard and put it on the back of the computer in the second slot (I only have one 512 MB RAM chip). Still no change, and it doesn't boot up.
5. Also removed RAM chip completely from computer. I do not get a beeping sound when I switch on the laptop. I am not sure how to diagnose after this.
Hope you guys have seen something like this before and have some suggestions!
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Re: Compaq Presario R3000 not booting up
Set the bios/cmos to boot first of your CD drive. get your support discs and restore to original. your hard drive OS has failed and needs to be re-installed. the problem maybe is that when you do that option you will get all your data erased. your solution to that since you can still get the data on the drive when used as external is to back it up. then full restore your system.
if you dont have your restore kit, you can use your Windows OS to fix it, repair option when you boot from CD.
If you go to Compaq's website... they have an extensive section on troubleshooting this exact problem. I have the same laptop, and it started doing the exact same thing described above by 'matix' .... I went thru the troubleshooting and found that one of my memory modules had failed.... I replaced the module, and my laptop is running just fine now....
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Try disconnecting the harddrive from the case and then place it back in. if that doesn't help you may have a faulty drive, hows warranty? Compaq / HP would fix it for you free if you still have warranty.
Hi Tony, Thanks for the details you have mentioned. The steps you have taken are correct and if the System/ hardware is ok, it should boot from CD Drive. Whenever i have faced such an issue, i always started afresh to check each hardware (CD, DVD, ROM, Hard Disk, Cables, Connections etc) and most of the times the issue was optical drive or CD/DVDs.
So, I recommend that make sure that the CD/DVD ROM is functioning properly. When the system is set to boot from CD/DVD, it must try to read CD/DVD after power on. It is indicated by spinning of the optical drive and blinking CD ROM LED. If there is a bootable CD in the drive, it should boot. You may try to boot the system through DOS bootable CD. Also, if you still have the OS on your system, you may check the CD ROM through windows.
Let me know if any further clarification/ assistance is required.
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A PXE-61 error message is most likely a faulty hard disk.
Try reseating the hard drive first and if you still get this error message again then you need to replace the hard disk.
To boot up with the CD you maybe able to press the F12 function key when you power up the laptop, this will bring up the a menu option to select an alternate boot device. If this option is not available then go into the BIOS configuration and change the bootup order and make the CD as the first boot device and the hard disk as the second device. You can can it back later.
The clicking noise from the hard disk indicats that you have a intermitten faulty disk and therefore the computer sometimes boots up. If you manage to get the computer to boot, I would advise you to backup or copy your data. If you can't get the computer to boot up then the hard drive is dead.
You do not need to buy a new computer, just buy a new hard drive, replace the faulty drive and install your Windows operating system, all your device drivers (eg. audio, video, LAN etc.) and all your programs. You or a friend have a few hours of work.
The error means that the computer is not seeing the hard drive.Hit F10 to get into BIOS and check that your hard drive is showing . If it is hit ESC and tell it to save settings. Then restart the PC.
If your hard drive does not show in BIOS, there is something wrong with it. It may be co-incidental that canceling the scan caused your hard drive to fail.
You can try to do an XP repair. Boot your XP cd: When you boot with the Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your applications, it just reinstall the Windows files. This is great because when it works you don't need to reinstall all your software. If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe
IT seems to me that If you were to push the delete key or F2 and go into the bios and go into bootup devices and make sure that the first device is cdrom or your Hdd if thats all ok, try to take out your cd rom drive and replace it make sure it is pushed snuggley into place and retry it see if that works,You may also try the F8 keys and start from last known good configuration or safe mode, try that and let me know if it helps you out, thanks Happy Holiday bear001