My E500 is now not booting up. It started a week ago with the odd time freezing screens. The only way to end this was to hold th blk button accross and hit the on/off button. Then reboot and all was ok, but it suddenly got worse. now it will not reboot it has the black screen with Compaq written on it for 3-4 mins then it says that there is 1782 disc failure. I have tried many times to reboot by repeating the above way of turning off and now if you leave it long enough it will pass this screen and go to a screen saying isert disc and strike any key when ready. I have tried reinserting the XP disc which causes the screen to flicker a lot and when it stops it still says the same message. The fan is working but it always seems to get quite hot before this problem, although it still gets quite hot but not so bad.
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Re: compaq e500 boot up problem
If it were my laptop here is what I would do:
1. Install a new hard drive.
2. Install the operating system.
3. After an anti-virus program was installed and updated, I would connect the old hard drive to the laptop using one of those external USB hard drive adapter cables.
4. If the old drive proves to be readable, copy documents/photos/bookmarks to the new hard drive.
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When the tablet is OFF hold volume up button then switch on all the time holding the volume up button untill it boots into reset options. use vol up and down to scroll between options then power button to select.
Shut down the laptop, make sure that no light is lit up. Before booting it back up, press and hold the F12 button. It will lead you to boot options. Open up your DVD drive and insert Disc 1 of recovery then make sure you select the ODD or the dvd drive to boot up. This will start the recovery process.
Other models has Icons for boot options. Make sure you select the single disc option to boot the ODD.
OMG MINES TOO, den a few weeks later, it stays blk,it only works somtime wen i keep [pressing] random buttons but now it stays pitch blk , :( but as for now since ur phone is actin like tht before it gets worst, reboot ur phone by turnin it off, then hold on to the power/end button nd da home button at the same time for at least 15 sec. then a rebooting sign will come on, tht shud fix ur phone for the mean time .
With the machine only being two weeks old, I would RUN not walk back to the store for an exchange. This is a hardware malfunction or failure, and there is no way that the machine should have done this in such a short amount of time. Just tell them that the machine froze, you shut it down by holding the power button down (there was no other way), and now it won't boot. Don't tell them that you left it until the battery ran out, a sudden shut down due to a dead battery can cause damage, and they may give you a warranty run around for that. If they give you any type of run around, demand a manager, then demand he/she give you an exchange. Don't take the run around and don't be afraid to get loud. Managers back down quick to a loud irate customer, they don't like other customers to think badly of their store. NOTE: If a machine ever freezes, and they will, you should shut it down by holding the power button down. It takes a few seconds, but the power button will override the system and shut the machine down. Most freeze ups are just due to software glitches and will start right back up, but in your case it's hardware, since the machine will not start up at all.
Well start a bit slower then. go into the bios at startup F2, and navigate around does it freeze there. if no then start windows in safe mode F8 when windows logo shows. freezing ? If its not freezing then turn off the startup programs. Start/run/msconfig and then uncheck load startup items and start normally, click the dont show me this again /ok any freezing. If its freezing you may have a hardware issue. if you have 2 sticks of memory remove on and or /reseat them boot the dell diagnostics cd and check the cpu and memory. report back
What you have here is a sick laptop. I don't know what disease it has but I know the outcome. It will work then not work then work and not work over and over for a long time. Then it will just stop working all together. Thats what sick laptops do. Working on laptops is very hard. I think the problem you are having is a bad BIOS. Or something is interfering with it because from the error code you gave above it leads me to believe the CMOS or BIOS is having trouble getting it to work at boot and halts. One way around this is going into the CMOS or BIOS and changing the settings not to halt on errors. This may result in the CD/DVD drive not working but at least you can turn it on for a while and back up your data. If I were worried about backing up my data I would just pull the drive out.