I have an HP Compaq Business Desktop dx2250 - Anthlon 64 x2 4000+ 2.1 GHz. I always leave the computer on Standby. Usually I just turn on the monitor power button and click the mouse and the screen displays my desktop however sometimes I have to switch the hard-drive off and on for the screen to come up. Why? Shouldn't the screen come up all the time? Please advise.
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Re: problem with hard-drive
Stand-by is sometimes in a deeper sleep than desired. Suggest that U disable the hd hibernation. HP is one of the many brands that have trouble with hd hiberation. The hd will always spin-down after delay when not being addressed. U don't save anything going to hibernation. If U leave Ur system on all the time, U need to shut-down and blow or **** the dirt out of the case every coupla months. The dirt will cause over heating and can create problems with the wakeup from hibernation.
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Check to see if there is a recovery partition on your hard drive. Usually this will be hidden unless you know where to look for it. Here are the steps:
Go to Start Panel
Right-Click my computer
This will open a seperate window with the title computer management on top of it
In the left pane you want to look under storage and select DIsk Management
This will give you a snapshot of your hard drive, if your hard drive is split into more than one partition and that partition is at the least 5-8 Gb, chances are you have a recovery partition. Run this check then let me know what you find
If you do have one, then let me know and I will walk you thru the process of booting from this partition
You can buy a RAM from your computer from any dealer. You have to check its model, suppose DDR 2 or DDR 3 as same as your previous installed ram. You have to also check that which processor's speed it supports. e.g.- 2.9 Ghz, 3.0 Ghz etc. You can also simply give your CPU to any dealer, then they upgrade your RAM.
You can install up to a max 2 GB RAM and can add a 2nd hard disk
See the following Specs for your computer.
HP Compaq Business d530 Ultra-Slim (Pentium 4 2.8GHz, 256MB RAM, 40GB HDD, XP Pro)
If your computer does not have an operating system then you will need to purchase one. You can still buy Windows XP but with Windows 7 coming out very soon it would be wiser to pick up a copy of Vista with a free upgrade coupon to Windows 7. Or you can run a linux o/s if you a famaliar with linux. Ubuntu I believe is a free linux o/s that you can download to a flashdrive and install to your pc. Hope these tips help.