When I try to access my internal CD drive through "MY COMPUTER" is does not show up on the screen. Yet it continuously physically opens and closes quickly without time to insert a CD. Can you tell me if this is a common problem and how is can be fixed (replace the CD drive?, reload software? etc?
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If you getting this error then you won't be able to open computer in safe mood, Because this error message indicate that there is no proper bootable media selected or there is no OS in your Hard drive. First thing you can do is go to BIOS and check what is your First boot device selected, if it is other then Hard drive then change it Hard drive and save setting and come out of it. If there is any media, like Pen drive or any CD then remove it and start your computer. If still you have same problem then I am afraid that your OS is Corrupted.
It sounds like your windows OS installation has been corrupted. Your computer might have a recovery partition like many HP models do.
Try hitting F11 when you first turn on the computer (watch the screen in the corners. It may say something like hit "F2 to go to BIOS or F12 to choose a boot device/ etc. Each computer is different in this regard).
If you can get into the recovery partition you may be able to do a windows repair. Alternatively, if you have your windows disc you can boot off the cd and run the windows repair tool like that.
I would HIGHLY recommend manually backing up any and all important files first. If you have a USB enclosure use that to pull the drive out and hook it up to another computer. If you dont then I would run a bootalbe version of linux or something and transfer your files to a USB drive or burn to a cd. See here to download ubuntu.
Use the following steps to recover the computer from the Windows XP desktop:
Backup files from the My Documents folder and from other folders you may have created.
all connected devices (such as the Personal Media Drive, USB drives,
printer, and fax), remove media from drives, and remove any recently
added internal hardware. Do not disconnect the monitor, keyboard, mouse,
and power cord.
From the Windows XP desktop, click Start
, All Programs
, and then one of the following options:
The following options are for HP computers. Compaq computers will have similar options (for example, Compaq Tools).
, and then HP PC System Recovery
, hp pavilion pc tools
, and hp pc system recovery
PC Help & Tools
, and then HP PC System Recovery
A recovery Welcome screen appears.
to continue the recovery process.
The computer restarts to the recovery program. If another welcome screen is displayed, click OK
Select one of the following procedures, depending on which recovery type you want to perform:
To perform a system recovery, click Next
, and then click Yes
To perform a destructive recovery, click Advanced
, (select Destructive Recovery
) and then click Next
A destructive recovery will format the hard drive. This will delete all
the information on the hard drive and reinstall Windows XP and the
original software that came with the computer.
Read and respond to each window and screen that appears.
the System Recovery is complete, the computer restarts and continues
into Windows setup. Complete the setup screens and wait until the PC
finishes the setup.
may take a long time to complete Windows setup. This time varies and
may take over several hours. Recovery times are most affected by using
recovery discs that were ordered from HP and/or the amount of files that
were stored in the user account folders (for example, My Documents and
If you plan to reformat the hdd, just boot the unit off the cd. you may have to go into the BIOS setup and change the boot order so that it accesses the cdrom first. In most HP systems you can access the BIOS setup by hitting f10 key during the boot stage.
Auto run as turned off, navigate to your drives (usually in the My Computer icon) and check for your disc drive (usually Drive D:). If it is showing a disc then you can right-click and open to see the contents or double click for an auto-play.
If you open up the drives and don't see a CD ROM drive then it might have gotten dropped some how. In this case you will want to go to the device manager and check to see if the CD ROM drive is listed and if it needs some fixing.
hey if you boot into bios and you need to make sure that the computer will recognize the hard drive and that the jumper that is on the hard drive is set as either master or slave depending on what you want than make sure that of the parameters are right and apply it. than restart the computer and than see if the cd will now boot and you should be able to continue from here ok
best regards mike
hmmm..well..that may mean that the computer is still in access mode...turn it off..plug into original computer..insert installation cd in drive,,..run set up from cd..should ask for you to turn on the drive somewhere in that sequence..