Trying to reformat my PC but can't get into BIOS set up.
I have a compaq presario 6410nx PC. I'm trying to do a full system recovery, but can't get into the BIOS setup program at startup. The instruction manual says to press F1 when I see the black compaq logo screen at startup but there isn't one at all, the first thing that appears is the windows XP home edition loading screen with the green bars (F1 - F10 has no effect here). And then my desktop appears after that. I remember when I reformatted it last time, there was actually a black compaq logo screen first thing at startup but now it just vanished. I don't have a clue how to get into the BIOS setup now to use my system recovery disks. If there is another way to do a full system recovery or getting the logo screen back, please reply!!!
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Re: Trying to reformat my PC but can't get into BIOS set...
Seems the screen is slow to start up, right after pressing the power button, keep tapping on f1 or f10 untill the bios screen or something else comes up. that will definitely get you into the bios and dont mind if the computer starts to beep, slow down a little and keep tapping.
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try using boot recovery disk that u should have made when u setup youre computer ps set bios to boot cd or dvd rom and save
or try f8 in recovery mode and try it that way if not u could try the manufactures for a recovery disk or purchase a new copy of windows or try a linux boot disk maybe use full thanks
Did you create a set of Recovery discs for this machine, before you wiped out Vista and installed Windows 7? There is a utility to do this and it relies on the original windows to work. When you formatted Vista, you erased the Recovery links from the windows partition, that allows the recovery to take place. The Recovery has to 'see' the original OS to confirm it is on the correct machine. It is known as a 'fingerprint' and is checked by the BIOS to make sure it is not being Pirated. If you have the key on the bottom, you may be able to download a new copy of Vista just for Compaq machines, and it will legally activate.
but thus your computer managed to boot up before this thing show up on screen?
If yes try to go to safe mode by pressing F8 before it boots up then go to recovery or restore setting to earlier time before this thing happen.
If it does able to boot up after pressing the power then you'll have no choice but to reformat your hard drive, you can do this if you have other computer where you can attach your hardrive, but if none, much be better to bring it to service center
When you turn it on, watch the screen carefully. Many times recovery is contained on a small partition of your hard drive. When your computer begins booting, watch for a short message that says something like, "For recovery press F11". It could be another F key. You will only get a couple seconds to choose it. Choose an option that does a full restore which will reformat the drive.
Bios is not on an hard drive, is on a memory chipinside computer. Your main problem is not with Bios, but with system. On many Compaq you can start the recovery tool by pressing f10 or f11 on startup. The system recovery tool it is located on hard disk, if it does not start it had been deleted or is damaged.
In your case Windows is corrupted, that is the reason why it is freezing , and then giving the blue error screen.
You need to get a Windows setup disk and reintall Windows. If you install windows from a generic setup disk you will need to install drivers after installing. Drivers can be downloaded from HP website.
Another solution is calling the phone number listed on the user manual to contact HP. you can buy from them an original recovery CD, in this case you won't need drivers.
Otherwise you can ask a quote to a local repair shop for a system reinstall, I think it is about $80.
I beleive that you are trying to install retail versions of XP which will not be able to detect the Hard Drive in the Notebook as it is a SATA drive and Windows XP will not be having the drivers for SATA Hard Drives by default.
In this situation, I recommend you to check and disable the SATA Native support option available in the BIOS.
Start the Notebook and start tapping the F10 key which will take you to to the BIOS Setup window.
In this, go to the System Configuration tab using the Arrow keys and select the option as Disabled next to SATA Native Support.
Press the F10 key again to save the settings done and exit BIOS.
Now, you should be able to use the Windows XP disk and install Windows XP Operating System in your Notebook without any issues.
By disabling the SATA Native Feature, the Hard Drive of the Notebook will be detected as a IDE Drive because of which we will be able to install XP without any issues.
Donot Re-Enable this feature in the BIOS again as the Operating System may not boot. Let the option next to SATA Native Support be Disabled.
Hope this helps...