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How can i get rid of the compaq logo even after i format my hard drive .

After i format my hard drive and try to re-install windows XP on my own with my own CD. the compq logo keep popping up and make it difficult to install the operating system 3 questions
1. how can I rit of the logo to tell me press f1 or f10 and so on
2. i did not make the re covering cd which they didnot provide should i purchase one which i 'd rather not .
where 's that logo ? is in the hard drive? I don't think so , I have formatted it . is in the CPU , that might be the case . please help urgently.

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  • vincent paya Apr 17, 2008

    thank you very much lounatechI have set my bios priority as you suggest once . i booted alright . after the operating system cd ( windows xp pro) booted up for a while . it shows a lot of dll. files cannot be install , i skip or ignor ............ all of the sudden the sceen turns blue . and there are a lot af message on that..... and then compaq logo pop up again go back and forth like this . i have format my hard drive so many time that @#!##! logo still there . but your comment is very very helpful . I will try again later , try get back here again please if you can . i will give you the feed back right here , thaks a million . I am on my laptop now , will be at the desk later .... again thanks a million .

  • vincent paya Apr 17, 2008

    thanks a million . that was very helpful and i will give you the feed back right here ,as soon as got to my desktop. again thanks .

  • vincent paya Apr 17, 2008

    thannks I haven't got to my desktop yet , but your respond does sound good . i believe i have done it once successfully. don't know why this time it doesn't , at lease not yet . i will let you know .you are very helpful and very knowledgable in the ffield .

    again thanks two millions now ha ha .

    by the way , how you do it ? you put music in this comment ,man you're good ....... oh and very good music too , I can relate to that (music ) .

  • vincent paya Apr 18, 2008

    it got to this .......after the cd format the hard drive to 100% the blue screen appear again . this is what it says :.... a problem has been detected and windows has been shut down rto prevent damage to your chkdisk/f to check for hard drive corruption ,I haven't done dos checkdisk in years and it faded away longggg time ago . my hard drive gone bad ? please help!

    thanks .

  • vincent paya Apr 21, 2008

    thanks lounatech, you're the best ! seems to me that my hard drive gone ^%$# khandaha @#@#@ i might have to buy another one .

  • vincent paya Apr 21, 2008

    thanks lounatech , it seems to me that my hard drive gone boohooo! might have to buy a new one , thanks

  • vinodaidur Nov 26, 2008

    My Windows XP OS computer when in use, suddenly the Cursor stoppes standstill in the middle of working. I have no way but to switch it off and restart it and sometimes even that way does not move transfixed cursor . Why I want to know and the solution to it.

    Vinod Aidur




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The screen that I think you're referring to is the OEM BIOS splash screen.

This particular logo / image has nothing to do with your hard drive... it is embedded on a physical chip (EEPROM or ROMBIOS) on your motherboard.

It is possible to make modifications to this particular splash screen (through a hardware hack), but I don't recommend doing it. The screen shouldn't be a problem; it sounds like you might be experiencing a "Boot Order" issue.

I'm assuming you might be having problems with the Boot Order if you're having issues with loading your OS from CD. When you have the Windows CD in the CD ROM and you reboot the system, you should see the following message flash up on the screen (immediately following your OEM BIOS Splash screen):

"Press any Key to Boot from CD..."

If you don't see this message and your CD ROM Doesn't spin up and begin to load might have a Bad CD ROM, bad CD "Disc" might not have your BIOS Boot Order set up correctly.


To get into the BIOS Setup on a Compaq Presario system, do the following:

When the OEM Logo Splash screen appears, press F1 to enter the BIOS Setup.
Note: On certain Compaq Presario PCs (prior to 2002) press the F10 key at the logo screen to enter setup.

To change the Boot order:

Here's the URL for Compaq's Online FAQ for Changing the Boot Order:

Try changing the Boot Device Priority in the BIOS Setup: Make sure that the "CD ROM" entry is moved "Before" the entry for the Hard Drive and Network PXE:

Example Boot Order:

  1. CD ROM or Removable Media
  2. USB
  3. Floppy (if you have one)
  4. Hard Drive
  5. PXE (Network Boot)
This should help you load the OS successfully from CD (if you're not being presented with the "Press any Key to Boot from CD..." notification when rebooting with the Windows CD in the CD/ROM drive.

Please repost if this fixed your problem and rate my response!

Good Luck,


Posted on Apr 17, 2008

  • Lou B
    Lou B Apr 17, 2008

    Hi Vincent9...glad I could help (thanks for the feedback).

    I've got a couple more questions for you:

    In your reply, you stated:

    "after the operating system cd ( windows xp pro) booted up for a while . it shows a lot of dll. files cannot be install , i skip or ignor ............ all of the sudden the sceen turns blue . and there are a lot af message on that..... and then compaq logo pop up again go back and forth like this"

    I can't tell from your response if you were able to boot to the WinXP CD and Re-Install your Operating System Successfully or if you were just able to boot into the existing Operating System already loaded on the Hard Drive (that might be damaged). Were you able to "Re-Install" the Windows Operating System (WinXP OS)?

    I need to know if you did a full-install or just a "repair" of the WinXP OS.

    Here's the direction that I'm going:

    1. If you did manage to successfully re-install your WinXP OS and then, subsequently started getting Blue-Screen errors --> Maybe your Hard Drive has some physical damage (e.g. damaged sectors, etc.). If this is the case, you'll need to replace your Hard Drive.

    2. If you didn't manage to re-install your WinXP OS but instead just repaired it, then maybe you need to Re-format & Re-Install again. Maybe the rerepair failed...or, maybe you've got a bad Hard Drive.

    3. If you managed to get Windows installed from a generic (Non-Compaq OEM build) operating system CD, then maybe you're just missing a bunch of Compaq drivers.

    You can download the latest drivers for your laptop from Compaq's website here:

    Download and Install the Chipset Driver first, it's the most critical!

    Here's another support link that might help you get through this issue (it explains how to recover your Compaq system 3 different ways that are directly related to WinXP Recovery):

    Hope that helps...


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    Lou B Apr 18, 2008

    How to run checkdisk from the recovery console (WindowsXP CD).

    1. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
      Note: As the Windows XP CD Menu comes up, select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted to do so (e.g. press any key when prompted).

    2. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

    3. When you are prompted to do so, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

    4. Eventually, after the Recovery Console finishes loading, you’ll be presented with a black screen and a blinking command prompt.

    5. At the Recovery Console command prompt, type the following then press Enter:
      chkdsk /r

    6. Allow this to run UNDISTURBED until completed (45 min or so)

    That should do it.

    If check disk detects any errors, I'd just purchase a new drive. It is possible to repair hard drives with bad sectors (e.g. mark the bad sectors) but this is a big gamble. I've had disks in the past last for a few months, but eventually they go bad in other places as well (it's your call).

    If you're in an emergency situation, try to repair. If you can afford a new drive (and don't want to be repeating this process in a few the drive.

    Hope this helps!




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