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HP a810n will not boot up

The a810n will get as far as the setup feature, but says no restore points are available. I had not turned off the restore feature previously. After I try to continue with the boot up, the screen goes blank and will not go any further. I do not have a rescue disk. What can I do?
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F11 will boot the BIOS
F10 goes into System Recovery which does the trick by basically accessing an "XP CD" that was on a separate partition of the original hard drive. Think of it as putting in the original XP CD and then booting from it, HP decided not to include a CD to cut costs I guess...

So restart your computer, hit F10 and it should boot into the HP PC System Recovery program. This will wipe all files, load up factory-installed settings (drivers, programs, etc) and it will erase all of your pre-existing files. Make sure you back up your files first, HP even warns you before you go through with this recovery.

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On most HP's and Compaq's you can restore the machine by pressing F11 when you see the HP/Compaq screen when you first turn the machine on.
There is a hidden recovery partition on your harddrive and your machine will be restored to the condition it was in when you bought it, the only problem with that is it will delete any personal files you have on the machine like photo's and music.
If you want I can talk you through recovering your personal files before attempting the restore, it will involve removing your harddrive from your computer and linking it to another computer.

Posted on Aug 24, 2008

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