I could not find a valid product on the list offered, so I picked what I thought was closest to my computer. My computer, a different model is not refurbished.
When I turn my computer on, an HP Pavillion a1150y, I get this chimeing sound from the rear inside of the computer and windows does not load. I get a message that the monitor is going to sleep. I had a similar problem while the computer was still under warrenty. It turned out that the power cord connection was loose (I try to keep the computer covered when not in use, and the cover pulling down on the power cord loosened the connection). When the power cord was reconnected, the chimeing stopped and the problem was fixed.
Well this time when the chimeing started, we turned off the computer (had to do it by the switch on the power strip, because windows had not logged on, so I couldn't log off. We checked all the connections on the back of the computer, turned the power back on and the computer booted, windows loaded and I connectd to the internet. Shortly thereafter my computer screen filled with columns of bars (the bars had blocks of various flashing colors) and my mouse froze. I tried control+alt+delete, but the computer did not respond to that and again had to end by turning off the power strip. Does anyone know what causes the chimeing sound other than a loose power connection and where do I go from here. I would like to fix the computer myself, if I can (must be easy, I have low expertise) or, if I have to take it somewhere for repair, I would like to have an idea of what might be wrong, so I have an idea of how much it will cost to fix. Any advice on how to find good repair will be appreciated. Thank you.
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Depends on what you mean by won't boot from DVD or Hard Drive, it sounds like your boot order is what you're looking for help for.
To do this you need to get into your computers BIOS (or "Setup") You can do this by rebooting the computer and the very very very first screen you see tells you how, usually by pressing DEL or F2 or F10.
Without knowing the specific computer you're looking for help on I can only point you in the right direction however keep in mind the BIOS is for advanced users only and you can damage your computer by randomly changing settings.
What you're looking for though is usually called the Boot Order or Boot Sequence You'll need to set whatever device you want to boot from higher on the list (usually with the up arrow or PgUp) If you don't see your device on the boot list then it may not be detected due to failure.
Hi, For Windows XP Home Restart your computer and before the appearance of the boot screen hit F8 to get the booting option list. From the list select Safe Mode in order to start your computer in Safe Mode. Once the computer has booted in Safe Mode go to Start > Run and type c:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataWindows Genuine Advantage (where C: is usually the system drive). Right click the DATA folder and choose Properties. Now go to the security tab and in the Group or user names section click on Users. In the permission for user section make sure you check all the check boxes under the Allow column: Read & Execute, List Folder Contents and Read. Click OK and then restart the computer. Now you should be able to validate your Windows copy.
For Windows XP Professional In Windows XP professional there is no need to boot in safe mode. Just go to Start > Run and type c:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication DataWindows Genuine Advantage. There you will find the Data folder. Right click on it and follow this path: Properties > Security tab > Users > Permission for users section and verify the Allow column for all the check boxes to be selected. If not selected, do it yourself.
Now restart the validation process.
for more help go here: http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/03/07/bypass-and-disable-genuine-windows-validation-check/
Best Buy geek squad might fix Macs. Try booting up the computer with out the hd plugged in. And then plugging it into the computer after it has booted up. I've found that unplugging the power from the computer for an hour or so and plugging it back in can sometimes magically fix some booting problems.