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I turn on my laptop and it says invalid boot ini file booting from c windows Than it says We apologize for the inconvenience, but windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software ch


Chloe,

1) Remove the Ram Memory module, or modules. ('Stick')
Clean the gold plated contact pins with a pencil eraser.

Remove ALL power. Remove the AC adapter (Charger), and Battery.

The Ram Memory is accessed from the bottom of the laptop, in the Memory Compartment.

Everywhere on the Ram Memory module EXCEPT the gold plated contact pins at the bottom; is the BODY.
The Body is coated with a see-through protective plastic.

Handle the Ram Memory module by the Body; refrain from touching the gold plated contact pins.
General example of a SO-DIMM ram memory module,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1GB_DDR2_SO-DIMM.png

If using an eraser on the end of a pencil, and not a solid eraser, refrain from letting the metal band of the pencil, touch the gold plated contact pins.

Rub up, and down; and back and forth; on ALL contact pins, BOTH sides. Doesn't take much pressure, nor rubbing; to clean.
In fact when you are finished, you may feel as though you have done nothing at all; or very little.

The surface of the contact pins may not be bright, and shiny.
It's OK. I assure you that you have cleaned them. Doesn't take much 'corrosion' on those contact pins, to make a bad contact surface.

Use air to remove the eraser dust, then reinstall ram memory.
You can use a can of compressed air for computers, if available; or air pressure from your mouth may be sufficient.

After installing, and replacing the Memory Compartment Panel, reinstall the Battery, THEN the AC adapter. (Then plug AC adapter into power)

Still no joy?
Go on.

2) Do you have the Restoration Disk?
Laptop on, place the disk in the optical drive tray, close the tray.
(CD/DVD drive)
When asked choose Repair. (Non-Destructive Installation)

Don't have it?
Example from USA.
The disk is free. The shipping, and handling is not. $17 for a 5 to 7 day ship; $24 for a 2 to 3 day ship.

Suggest use HP Support Worldwide, and call the HP Support phone number for your country,

http://welcome.hp.com/country/w1/en/support.html

After you click on your country name; on the next page click on -
Contact HP > Then -> Call HP > Technical support after you buy.

(Ouch! That hurts my eyes)

http://www8.hp.com/au/en/contact-hp/phone-assist.html#section1

Australia / English.
1-300-721-147 (I believe)

[Would appreciate hearing back on the reception you got.
USA reception is great. Australians are cool people, so I'm betting it's the same ]

Have the Serial Number written down, to give to the nice representative.
This is in the white Service Tag on the bottom of the laptop.
S/N = Serial Number.
(ONLY give out the Serial Number to an authorized HP agent)

It may be that the harddrive is going bad. When using the Restoration Disk, there may be a screen that will pop up, and state use CHKDSK. (CHecKDiSK) Plus instruct how to use it.

This will see if you have any bad sectors on your harddrive. If so CHKDSK will move the needed info over to good sectors; OR you will be instructed that you have an irreparable harddrive; Replace.

!O_O!

No problems. Just replace the harddrive, and use the Restoration Disk.
The Restoration Disk has the basic Windows files on it.

You won't have your information that was stored on the old harddrive, though. You will have a fresh new install of Windows, and the computer will be like it was Day 1, from the store.

If you post the HP product number, I can guide you using specific information, and a LOT more guidance. On the bottom of the laptop is the white Service Tag.
P/N = Product Number.

For additional questions, or to have me clarify further about anything I have stated above; please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

A) http://computer.howstuffworks.com/hard-disk.htm

A1) http://computer.howstuffworks.com/hard-disk7.htm

The above is reference to the Sectors. Now you know what they are, and where they are.
Platters in a harddrive are a lot like a CD, or DVD disk. They have Sectors and Tracks, too.

Also make sure the harddrive is plugged in tight. Most laptops have a metal Carrier around the harddrive. The harddrive plugs into the laptop. Then there may be just a Harddrive Compartment Panel, that holds both of them in. Harddrive, and Harddrive Carrier.

Harddrive can be bumped loose. Doesn't take much.
However, there are laptops that use screws to mount the Harddrive Carrier, to the body of the laptop. They usually stay put.

Don't give up on me. We are just starting. This is a diagnosis.
(From across the pond, lol!)

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Why does my computer always reboot ... sometimes over and over


Have you replaced the RAM? Try removing one at a time and turn on the computer - one maybe bad. Or your Harddrive may be bad - disconnect the Harddrive and see if you can go into the BIOS - it should without a Harddrive. If you can go into the BIOS your harddrive is bad.

Oct 25, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Pavilion dv4 1431us how to remove the hard drive. Don't know which section is the hard drive screw to unscrew.


The Battery Compartment Cover is to the outside.
(By the way. Have all power sources removed from the laptop. The AC adapter {Charger}, and the Battery)

Laptop upside down, face the Battery Compartment to the top.
The long middle cover in the middle, under the Battery Compartment Cover is the Harddrive Compartment Cover.

On the Left side of the Harddrive Compartment Cover are two screws to remove. One in each outside corner.
After the screws are removed, lift up on the Left side to remove the cover.
(They may just loosen to a loosened state, and not actually remove)

The Harddrive Compartment Cover is 'hinged' on the right side, with a couple of plastic tabs coming from the cover itself. After it is tilted up far enough so that these tabs will come free from the slots they're in, the cover can be removed.

There are 3 screws which hold the Harddrive Caddy in place. (The Harddrive is mounted to a sheet metal Caddy, which goes across the top of the Harddrive, and down each side)

The first screw is in the Middle to the Left outside.
The other two screws are on the Right, and are on the corners.

After removing the screws you will see a Black strip of cloth/plastic coming from the Left side of the Harddrive/Caddy combo.

The Harddrive is eased up slightly on the Left side, and pulled to the Left side with the strip of cloth/plastic.
(On the Right side of the Harddrive is the interface. The pins that come out of the Harddrive. These pins insert into a female socket in the laptop)

The Caddy around the Harddrive is mounted to the Harddrive with 4 screws.
Two on EACH side.
Holding the Harddrive in the direction it came out of the laptop, (Interface pins to the Right), look at the mounting screw on the Right side.
The one that goes through the sheet metal Caddy, and fastens it to the Harddrive.

Now look at the same screw on the Left side. It goes through a tab.
Remove these screws, and DON'T loose them, or mix them up with the other screws.
(Use a multi-compartment container. You can use a clean egg carton in a pinch)

Remove the screws from the other side.
Install the new harddrive in the Caddy, then install the Harddrive/Caddy assembly in the laptop.
DO NOT overtighten the screws.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Oct 18, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Recovery for ACER Aspire PC w/Vista


I would recomend copying all your files to a USB drive or a blank DVD then press Ctrl and F10 when you rebot to restore to original condition when you purchased it.

After that make backups andn use a good antivirus/firewall like comodo internet security.

Jan 18, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Replace hard drive on Gateway laptop


get a New 2.5'' laptop hardrive, and follow the steps: - Turn off the Laptop - Take off the Power Supply - Remove the Battery - Remove the Screw from the Harddrive cover plate - Once cover removed,romove the other (2) screws that hold the harddrive - Slide the Harddrive toward the Screw Hole - Lift the Connection End. - Slide the New Harddrive towards the connection end, Put back the Screws & cover plate - install a new copy of Operating System.
hope this is helpful 'suraj'

Oct 10, 2008 | PC Desktops

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My laptop says a disk red error occurred and will not boot up it goes in circles asking for restarts and says the same thing also iam getting this message as well PXE-E61 MEDIA TEST FAILURE CHECK...


"PXE-E61 MEDIA TEST FAILURE CHECK CABLE"
This means that the motherboard and harddrive are not communicating correctly, there is no data cable to connect the harddrive to the motherboard on a laptop the harddrive connecting plug is soldered directly to the the motherboard.
Either your harddrive is dying, or your motherboard has gone faulty. Laptop repairs are quite involved, if you are not familiar with taking laptops apart I would suggest you get profesional help with this problem.
If you want to have a go yourself I can point you in the direction of websites I use when doing laptop repairs.

Sep 10, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Toshiba satellite a205-s5831 Received kernel data error. Hard drive has clicking noises. Programs ran slow. Chkdsk running now for over 15 hours and only on 11%..preplacing bad clusters.


When a harddrive starts clicking it's on it's way out.
Buy a new harddrive and at the same time get a USB to laptop harddrive adapter. You can reinstall XP with the recovery disks that came with your machine ans then slave your old drive to your laptop and recover your personal files.
If you really want to get technicalbuy an Apricorn housing: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817155602
And two new harddrives, fit one new harddrive to the Apricorn housing and try to install the EZgig cloning software to your dying Windows. You can clone your existing Windows install to the new harddrive in the Apricorn housing and then move that drive to your laptop, the second new harddrive can then be fitted to the Apricorn housing and used as an external harddrive.
EZgig comes with the Apricorn housing and you could even go so far as to create a clone of your Windows install to the new external harddrive. The Apricorn housings are excellent, they are small enough to carry in your laptop case and all they need for power is a USB port.

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CGA5722 - Boxed in "A


can you a little bit describe what other device that you are using. maybe access point. Are you using an access point?, or switch?

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Compaq evo D510 CMT restoring and erased harddrive.


you arent doing anything wrong, there is a problem either with the disc or the drive , can your other pc read the disk if so the problem is more than likely the drive.

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