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Old compaq presario 900 won't start. I see the Compag logo and then immediately black screen with blinking cursor. HDD is new Western Digital 250 GB, and tests ok with Seatools diagnostic. 1 GB memory tests ok. Can boot ok with BartPE. When I try to run windows XP recovery, asks for administrator password, which should be blank - I'm 99% sure -- but does not accept that. OPHCRACK finds no administrator password. Offline NT Password and Registry Editor detects no hard drive. Any ideas?

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Watch the screen as it boots up looking for the press F1 or DEL to access Setup. Your Presario may not be able to see the new HD in which case you will have to run second party software to access the HD. Get into the Setup BIOS and check for your new HD under hard drive detection if the BIOS can not find it, you will have to run other software to access the drive. If your BIOS gives you the option to start up the hard drive after a delay such as 1 or 2 seconds try that, as the BIOS on the hard drive and the BIOS on the motherboard may be clashing. Hope this Fixya up

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