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Compaq Presario - Installed a new hard drive 120GB; Bios sees all of it but Fdisk

Q: Compaq Presario - Installed a new hard drive 120GB; Bios sees all of it but Fdisk

Hello all great website!

Compaq Presario 7000 series (model #7QSM11) using Windows ME, AMD 1332 mhz processor. My sister's computer. Hard drive was a 60GB, but it died. So I bought a new hard drive actually tried a 160GB first but thought the 137GB issue was the problem so now I am trying a 120GB western digital Caviar.

I found and successfully flashed the latest bios. (ROM date 3/28/02-786K2 Family). I checked the bios and it does see all 120GB. But when I goto partition it, I run into problems. Three methods tried: I tried to use Western Digitals included CD-ROM, even created the DOS boot floppy that they recommended on another system. Doesn't work keeps coming up with an error that something like A:\Auto???.exe not found. I checked the floppy that file is there?? Comes up whether I am booting from the floppy or from the CD-ROM.

So I tried fdisk from a Windows ME boot disk. Fdisk will only find/or report 24GB. I cleared the partition and tried using the Compaq restore disks but they came up with the same problem.
Am I right in thinking that this is a Windows ME issue?
Can you tell me how to fix this problem?

My computer is a Dell 8100, also running Windows ME but with a Intel P4, I installed a 200GB hard drive and had to flash the bios, and then I am not sure if it was Maxtor's DDO dynamic disk overlay or Intel's application accelerator, or the Flashed Bios, but Windows ME sees the whole hard drive.

I am so frustrated, I am not completely stupid, but I can't seem to set up a computer like I want ever without a whole rig-a-ma-roll?

I will be so thankful as will my sister, if you can help me with this problem.

A: Compaq Presario - Installed a new hard drive 120GB; Bios sees all of it but Fdisk

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Recently my native HDD (on M30) crashed and I have upgaded it with Western Digital WD2500BEVE 250 gb. Disk.
But when I boot the sytem it appears that only 120 gb is available!

Is it possible to make the notebook use the whole capacity of the HDD? Whow?

Thanx!

A:Satellite M30 sees only 120GB of installed WD 250GB HDD?

Hi

The point is that not all HDD sizes are supported due to the BIOS HDD size limitation.
Easy said: BIOS don?t support all HDDs.

I have read many threads here in the forum about the max possible HDD sizes and it seems that a 120GB HDD is the larges one which could be used in the M30 Satellite.

You would ask now for a BIOS update. Am I right?

Well, unfortunately, the BIOS update will not improve the situation and will not allow using the bigger HDD?s as 120GB :(

Best regards

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So the drive took a small fall off the top of the computer, nothing major it was about 6 inches inside a Venus external enclosure. Well now it makes some noises on startup and I can't see the drive in windows. The bios sees it correctly on startup, as a MAXTOR Sabre drive, but when I run powermax, it just tries to initiate the drive (which makes it make noise) and sits there... I let it do this only for a short period because I didn't want to damage the drive...... any opinions?
 

A:Hard drive noises, BIOS sees it but nothing else does.

Try running the HDD standing ti on it's side and see if this works. I was able to rescue data from a HDD once using this method.
At any rate be prepared to backup immediately as you might only get one chance.

patio.
 

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I recently installed a new Hard Drive in a Compaq Presario 7000 for the church up the street when there hard drive failed. Once I installed the new HD I tried to reload the software using the Recovery CD. In the instructions for the Recovery CD it says that a menu will appear. When I boot using the Recovery CD it simply comes up with and A> prompt. What am I missing???? It sounded easy!!!!!!!!
 

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My friend's Compaq Presario SR5703WM had been working fine, but now when you turn it on, it can't find the hard drive. The only thing it finds is the CD-ROM. The OS is Windows Vista Home Basic. I tried unplugging everything but keyboard and mouse and running system recovery, but it won't let you do it. F8 has no effect so I can't try to start Windows in safe mode and run a scan to see if there is a virus. You can go into the setup menu, and the boot menu. Hitting F12 for system recovery has no effect. It will ask for a system boot disk. I have a hard time believing the hard disk is toast. I'm wondering if it just can't find the hard disk for some reason. Have seen some BIOS action on one screen but I can't remember any details from it. I live an hour away, and I'm trying to figure out a plan to get this up and running again. Any help, please?
 

A:Compaq Presario Can't Find Hard Drive

Go into BIOS is the HD there or not. Compaq just lists the HD size on its site. However, since the optical drive is SATA and considering that the computer is probably a few years old most likely the HD is also.

Check the cables to the drive (power and data). If the drive is not in BIOS and nothing changes after checking the cables then drive is most likely dead.
 

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can i put a second hard drive on my compaq presario sr1630nx since im almost out of memory if so where can i another hard drive compatible to my system?

A:second hard drive for my compaq presario sr1630nx

  
Quote: Originally Posted by james62755


can i put a second hard drive on my compaq presario sr1630nx since im almost out of memory if so where can i another hard drive compatible to my system?



From looking at your specs. It looks like you have an IDE 200gb HD now in this desktop. So if you look inside the case & you have a second IDE MB connection and mounting space for another HD, then you could easily add another IDE HD from 200gb to 500gb in size.

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I replaced my hard drive, when I go to startup repair screen and select computer it shows my new hard, C: with X: labeled as boot, however when I check my BIOS it does not show my new hard drive. Also when I try to boot from hard drive I receive the BOOTMGR missing error, I have tried all of the Boot fixes on this forum and I am thinking that I am over looking something really simple. My computer will boot from cd, under system recovery shows no OS or location. I have a Compaq CQ57 and I replaced my Hatachi hard drive with a Western digital but it is the same gig and speed and both are sata. I would appreciate any help in this matter.

Thank you

A:Computer sees new hard drive in System recovery but not is Bios

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management if you can boot at all.

You replaced a Hitachi drive with a Western Digital.

Did you attempt to reinstall Windows to the Western Digital or did you attempt to copy Windows from the Hitachi to the Western Digital?

Your explanation isn't very clear so we need more details about how you "replaced" one hard drive with another.

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Hi,

My name is Alison, I was trying to fix my laptop and ended up making things a lot worse!!

I ran DBAN and during the process i realized i have no way to reinstall Vista OS so i aborted the wipe after 10 or 15 mins into it.

Its a Compaq Presario CQ61. On the back of the L/T i have a sticker with a product key but when i purchased it i never got a CD for Vista. I dont have recovery discs either.

So like i said i stopped DBAN from completing the wipe however now when i turn the L/T on it says,

"NO BOOTABLE DEVICE -- INSERT BOOT DISK AND PRESS ANY KEY"

I tried doing System Recovery but the same message comes up... i also found a Vista Recovery online and burnt to cd-r but it stills says, "NO BOOTABLE DEVICE -- INSERT BOOT DISK AND PRESS ANY KEY"

Im not sure what to do to fix this issue... any help or advice welcome but please explain in details.

Is there a way to copy a different version of windows OS from a different PC and make that a 'boot disc' I dont really understand what a boot disc is...

Thanks in advance!

Alison

A:Wiped the hard drive now i have no OS (Compaq Presario CQ61)

Hi, Alison.

A boot disk is the hard drive which your PC boots from and starts Windows, but your hard drive has had the boot files and Windows (or some of it) wiped off it with DBAN. DBAN is used to securely wipe all data from a hard drive prior to selling it or otherwise disposing of it -- this prevents any data from getting into the wrong hands.

You will have to contact HP/Compaq and ask them if they can send you a set of Recovery CDs for your model.

Contact information for the USA: Contact HP - Phone Assist | HP

For the UK: Contact HP - Phone Assist | HP

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Guys,

Any help is welcome!!

I have purchased a new WD Hard Drive(60 GB) which I wanted to install on my Compaq preasrio (5BW160). This has a CD-ROM Drive and a CD-RW drive. On opening the machine, I found that the available bay beneath the Floppy drive does not accomodate the Hard Drive. And there is no existing place elsewhere to install this hard drive. Could somebody please help out by letting me know as to where this drive needs to be placed. Are there any other precautions which i need to consider?? While searching the Compaq website, found something vague about a railing which needs to be purchased(though I have no idea where from??).

Thanks in advance
 

A:How do I install second hard drive on Compaq Presario (5BW160)

Hi there Mohan
Try one of the local pc shops for the rails for mounting your new HD.....if they dont have any they might be able to give you some suggestions on how or where to get them.

I had a simular situation on a friends pc (hp with a mini tower) and I was able to use a stacking bracket from an old case that I had and it mounted horizontal just fine ...kinda depends on the room that u have in the case ....some even mount vertically.

just some ideas for you

good luck with it
 

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My Compaq Presario Laptop Model 12XL403A, while installing Win 7, ran out of HD space and turned black. How can I format the HD. Any advice, Please.Thanks BARI

A:FORMATING HARD DRIVE COMPAQ PRESARIO LAPTOP

you can format it as part of the setup routine from the disk.
I'm suprised windows attempted to install as it calculates required disk space before installing files.
How do you know it ran out of space?

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Hi,

My name is Alison, I was trying to fix my laptop and ended up making things a lot worse!!

I ran DBAN and during the process i realized i have no way to reinstall Vista Home Basic OS so i aborted the wipe after 10 or 15 mins into it.

Its a Compaq Presario CQ61. On the back of the L/T i have a sticker with a product key but when i purchased it i never got a CD for Vista. I dont have recovery discs either.

So like i said i stopped DBAN from completing the wipe however now when i turn the L/T on it says,

"NO BOOTABLE DEVICE -- INSERT BOOT DISK AND PRESS ANY KEY"

I tried doing System Recovery but the same message comes up... i also found a Vista Recovery online and burnt to cd-r but it stills says, "NO BOOTABLE DEVICE -- INSERT BOOT DISK AND PRESS ANY KEY"

Is there a way to copy a different version of windows OS from a different PC and make that a 'boot disc' I dont really understand what a boot disc is...

Im not sure what to do to fix this issue... any help or advice is appreciated if you could please explain with details that would be a big help to me.

Thanks in advance!

Alison

A:Wiped the hard drive now i have no OS (Compaq Presario CQ61)

Please do not post more then one thread about the same problem.
Wiped the hard drive now i have no OS (Compaq Presario CQ61)

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I ran DBAN




DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke) is a low level format utility. Once you start this, it begins to wipe the drive of your OS. Stopping it in the middle is too late. If you had just run System Recovery would have set your system back to Factory Defaults, but DBAN deleted that too. You cannot copy an installed OS and put it on a different computer. An OS has to be installed from a boot disc (a disc that boots the computer if the OS can't)
What is the Vista recovery disc that you have? Boot into Setup (Bios) and change the Boot order to be CD/DVD rom drive First Boot Device, Save and Exit. Restart the computer with the disc in and you should see the message Press Any Key to Boot From CD/DVD.If it is a Vista install DVD then you can reinstall your OS. If not a Windows disc, you can try contacting your computer manufacturer and see if you can get a Recovery DVD for your computer manufacturer Or get a Vista DVD from Ebay or Craigslist.

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My friend has a presario and the model is not really clear. 2300 he believes. Another guy has it and is trying to buy it off of him for only 250 so i told him that that would be senseless lets just get the hard drive replaced and i told him that i could do it. is there any certain ways that the company has made the replacement difficult? So that it must be done by them? I was told that Toshiba and Sony have made it so that there was some chord that could easily be torn if it was not done in a certain way. Aditionally how specific of a hard drive do i need to find, must it be model specific? and also, how hard is it to upgrade the RAM. If you are doing one you mind as well do the other right. I know this sounds like alot but i just really want to help him out. thanks hope to get a repy soon
 

A:Can a novice replace a hard drive in a Compaq Presario?

It would be easier to help with the exact model number. The Compaqs Ive worked on werent too hard. With the onder ones the case lifts off the frame. And with Compaqs you have to get a file from Compaq and add it to the new hard drive or the Restore Disks wont work. Replacing the RAM is easy. Just make sure you know what kind it has- SDRAM or DDR RAM.
 

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Hello,

I am new to forum. Spent some time the last couple of days trying to get my daughter's Compaq Presario 6330us working. Machine came with two CD/DVD drives, a floppy drive, and a Maxtor 60GB hard drive.

She was not able to boot XP from her hard drive. Her boyfriend had previously tried to recover from recovery CDs, but with no luck. I tried installing a new hard drive (Seagate 160GB) with new one as primary master and old one as primary slave. That didn't work. Didn't recognize either drive. Then took out old drive and used new drive only. Was then able to recover the system. Worked fine for a few hours.

Tried using it later the same day. It had gone to sleep after I thought I had it fixed and reinstalled a lot of her software. When Itried to wake it up, the system froze. Upon reboot, system was no longer recognizing the new drive. It wouldn't let me do another recovery since it can't find a hard drive to recover to. Just keep getting Boot Failure message. Tried new IDE cabling but didn't help. The BIOS is just not detecting the hard drive. Recognizes the 2 CD/DVD drives and floppy drive fine.

I suspect the IDE controller for the hard drive(s) is bad. Can I just install a new card with a new controller rather than repalcing motherboard? Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
 

A:Compaq Presario 6330 Hard Drive Problems

Anything you do with a Presario 6330 is likely to be trouble and disappointment.
I would replace the EIDE cables, then download all the patches, BIOS, and other drivers and downloads from the www.hp.com site for Presario 6330US. Obtain a copy of WXP Service Pack 2 from Microsoft just in case you can use it ($3.95 from Microsoft).
Give it your best shot with the BIOS and Patch... if it still doesn't detect the drive, consider this an opportunity to get something decent. If it does detect, reformat and reinstall everything, then the entire download set, then run the Windows Service Pack 2 disc. You should then be ok.
This computer has been almost as much trouble as the eMachines desktops, and the failures are too often not fixable.
If money is a problem, take a look at www.pcsurplusonline.com and others that have ruggedized used Dells and IBMs... better than a cheap new one... although you will have to find Windows somewhere.
 

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Wrong post. Sorry.
 

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A:Compaq Presario SR5410F hard drive size

Toneman, welcome to the forum. Here is an article that will explain the reasons for the differences in space.  You actually got what you paid for and you will see how this is true. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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A:Removing Hard Drive from Compaq Presario Model 2286

Hp has instructions on how to do it:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...gory&lc=en&dlc=es&cc=pe&lang=es&product=92307
 

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A:complete hard drive crash on Compaq Presario with Win7

No Can Do... If you upgraded, what happened to your Win 7 CD?

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The Western Digital Caviar WDC100AA hard drive is rated at 10 GB, but shows the following in My Computer:

HARD( C: ) - 7.35 GB

SYSTEM_SAV( D: ) - 1.94 GB

Other than the files in the Recycle Bin and in System Restore containing the same information in both partitions, everything else appears to be Compaq-related files that are years old.

What would be the best way to consolidate all 9.29 GB into the C: partition and do away with the D: partition, and what would be the best program to use?

Don't tell me to reformat the hard drive and start from scratch because that's not what I want to do.
 

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Look at Partition Magic to do that job.

Don't assume all the data will be safe in doing it, backup beforehand.
 

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1546 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 atapi [MBR]
C: Partition1 [FAT32] 1551 MB (135 MB free)

I press enter to set up xp. The partition you selected does not have enough free space for the installation of windows xp. Set up must reformat it. I tell it to reformat.
The partition is either too full, damaged, not formatted, or formatted with an incompatible file system. To continue installing windows setup must format this partition.
C: Partition1 [FAT32] 1551 MB (135MB free) on 1546 MB Disk 0 at Id 0n bus 0 on atapi [MBR]
I pick to format the partition using the NTFS file system.
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If there is anything on the drive which you need to recover I would recommend doing that first.

Test the hardware using the seagate 'Sea Tools' for dos utility found at the following link;

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seatools

If that shows no errors and assuming you have either backed your data up elsewhere or don't need any of the data on the drive (as this would destroy all data) Try using the windows setup routine to delete all partitions and then re-create/format them.
 

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A:New hard drive, compaq presario 7470, can't install operating system?

If i understand this one right . the floppy disk is inside the computer but not recoqnized ? If that is the case, you'll need to recheck the connections (IDE and power ). It's very possible that you knocked one of them out in the process of installing the new HDD.
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HTH
 

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Hello,
I've just pulled a 160Gb hard drive from a second machine with various data on it, which I want to keep. I've stuck it in my primary machine as a slave, and the BIOS recognises it no problem. It is apparently there in system, device manager, but if you look for it in Explorer it isn't there.

Looking at local disk management, my primary hard disk (0) is classified as basic (rather than dynamic), but the second drive (1) is classed as dynamic and foreign. I appear to have two options, import foreign discs, or convert to basic disc. What is the difference between the two options? And which do I do if I don't wish to lose any data?

I'm running XP SP2 etc.
Thanks,
Jonathan
 

A:Solved: BIOS sees additional hard drive,s o does device manager but windows explorer does not

Well I think this should help you out.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q314343
 

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Have you installed a OS?
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I suspect that the RAM you installed is incompatible with your system. Not all RAM that fits is compatible.
Go to crucial.com and see what your system requires.

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A:Drive says 120GB installed (Its wrong)

Hi,

It could be a lot of hidden system files. Have you had the machine long?

I would suggest that you clean all but the latest restore point and see how much of an impact that makes.

Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Cleanup (Right-click - > Run as Administrator)




OS

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A:Compaq Presario Bios

You need to get the BIOS from Compaq. While the board maybe MADE by another company, who knows what slight changes to the specs were made.

When you do your next upgrade, build your own and get a real BIOS.

Like working on a NEW Dell PC, almost NO Options, no Temp monitors nothing.. junk... its a DELL!
 

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hi folks, need help fast,

hi hope you can help i have a presario compaq which when i brought i went into some set up and where as when it loads it asks for a password before it loads.. i now want this off as its just annoying!!! i have the password luckily but whenever i go into it before it loads by pressing esc and try and disable it, and save config its still asks for it when i reboot any help or advice im really willing to pay i even have tried to defualt it and save but still asks any help would be amazing
 

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Hey guys, I have a Pentium 2 Compaq Presario 233MHz system. I was wondering if ANYONE know's hot to get into this systems BIOS. I have been trying and trying but when I hit F10 at the beginning I just get into the COMPAQ diagnostics and setup, and it says nothing about BIOS. My plans are to overclock it to see how it works, just for hands on experience, if you have any tips on that you could help me out with that also. Thanks for your guys help and I hope someone can help me. email me at [email protected] OR send me an AOL instant message at Daws202 which is my screen name. Thanks people!
-Adam-
 

A:Compaq Presario 233MHz PII BIOS

Just went threw the same missery
There is a pass word to the BIOS and you need to take out the motherboard battery to erase it. Leave it out for 5 secs, unplug the computer and turn it on unpluged to drain all the power out of it. then reinstall the battery and reboot.
You m,ay have to remove some of the perifs CD burner, JS Ect if it dosent work the first time to drain the power out of everything

Yes it sucks.
 

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Does anyone know how to get into the bios on a Compaq presario with a model number of 5340 ?? I have tried pressing delete key.. no affect, tried pressing
F1, F2, and escape, (one at a time) but the bios don't want to open up..
It shows nothing on the screen but the COMPAQ logo when started up. Then goes imediately to the windows 98 logo, then opens up windows 98.. It works ok, but I need to get into the bios to check some settings.
Thank You..
 

A:How to Access bios on Compaq presario

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I just restored this computer with the factory reset and I need help with the bios password the system disabled key is 59196419. Any help would be great.Thanks so much.Spoiler (Highlight to read)     

A:Compaq Presario C700 bios password?

Please try-46894439  Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee

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Cant get into my bios on my Compaq Presario 5304. I tryed delete and f8 but it just gives me to option to boot in safe mode. My CD rom drive wont work and i switched it out with another one but still wont work. I am not sure if they are both bad but I imagane that they arnt. Please help.
 

A:(Resolved) Bios Help Compaq Presario 5304

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my dad's old laptop was recovered after long time, but, it asks for bios password and we cannot able to remember any.. My dad said he wasn't sure it was there in the first place. it shows SYSTEM DISABLED 07437 if we try to guess the password for 3times. can anyone provide right code for the bios..?

A:Compaq Presario V3000 Bios password

@AshwinRuffian? Enter:      otrquj                      or                  toooa Regards, DP-K

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Can anyone tell me how to get to the BIOS
 

A:{Solved} accessing BIOS on a compaq presario

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HI everyone! i need some help! i got COMPAQ PRESARIO V5206OM, and i forgot the bios password, when i give 3 times the bad password the laptop show me the next error: SISTEMA DESACTIVADO [01130], if somebody can help me i will be happy! thanks to much! 

A:COMPAQ PRESARIO V5206OM BIOS PASSWORD

Hi, Enter    yhtiwp                   or              ehejsej Regards, DP-K

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Hola buenos dias, Tengo una notebook Compaq Presario 21-N0F3AR la cual al estar encendida y quedarse sin bateria, dio un error de windows  (File:\BCD Error codexc0000034).Al querer entrar a la bios para poder cambiar el oredn de bootea para reparar dicho error, me encuentro que me pide un password de administrador, el cual nunca se configuro.Luego de los 3 intentos fallidos me da el codigo ERROR System Locked 0949F6ABHe ledio en varios foros y a mucha gente le ha pasado lo mismo. he tratado con todos los programas que hay en la web para tratar de sacar el codigo invertido pero todos sin exito.Por favor me podran dar una solucion?Muchisimas graciasDiego  

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A:compaq presario cq62 bios password

@robwall? Enter   42765879

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Hello! I'm new here to these forums hoping to find a solution to this problem that has been bugging me for days and keeping me from setting up my computer.

Basically after several years, I am finally dealing with the loss of my Hard-Disk drive that came with my computer. I have bought a new Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ as a replacement, and I am having trouble setting it up. Here are a few Specs for my computer:

Compaq Presario SR1303WM
AMD Sempron 3000+
BIOS Revision 3.11
Mother Board: ASUS A7V8X-LA

It's a bit of an older computer. The HDD that failed me used the old ATA standard, and I am going from that to SATA II (3 Gb/s). My motherboard does have two SATA ports on it, but I don't think the motherboard supports 3 Gb/s transfer rate. Only 1.5 Gb/s. I have an SATA cable that connects directly from the HDD to the MoBo as well as a power converter that I use to connect power to the new HDD. I am using a jumper on the fifth and sixth pins ::[:]: <--- looks like that. The reason I am using a jumper is because I have read by other people that this puts the device into the 1.5 Gb/s mode, although I'm not entirely sure. The Samsung manual my HDD came with says that in order to put the drive into this mode, you must download and use their software from their site, www.samsung.com/hdd which I have tried and failed. When I run Samsung's software, I get the error: "Error reading from drive L: data area: drive not ready (A)bort, (R)etry, (F)ail?"... Read more

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I erased the bios on a Compaq Presario 5340. Now I need to find a bios for it again. Compaq's site is no help at all.

Does anyone know where I could find one?

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A:Solved: BIOS for Compaq Presario 5340

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Can I know the BIOS Password for the laptop HP Compaq Presario C506TUIts shows the message as "System Disabled [13674]"

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@Ponkanagaraj? Enter     zulquvm                       or                   cxgqu Regards, DP-K

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First I want to say hello,as I just registered here on this forum.

I hope I haven't violated any of the rules.
The reason I'm adressing you is because of my (now old) computer (Compaq Presario 14XL242) that i wish to upgrade my computer to windows xp. In order to do that i need to update the BIOS.How do I do that?

Thank you


 

A:Compaq presario 14XL242 Bios update

Greetings, and welcome to TSG!!

Look on the manufacturer's Web site for the BIOS update. There should also be instructions on how to do so.

Try: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00034791&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=95128
 

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I just restored this computer with the factory reset and I need help with the bios password the system diabled key is 59036668. Any help would be great.













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A:Compaq Presario C700 bios password?

Hi, Please try:     46994268 Regards.

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I have a backup drive that we had used for for a while (WD 6000aak), previously in an external drive enclosure. I connected it today via USB to find that the computer has the driver installed, the drive appears in the Devices list, but it does not show in My Computer. In "Disk Management" the drive appears but is not assigned a drive letter. Also, all the options for the volumes are greyed out and cannot be selected - thus I cannot assign a drive letter.

I have tried this on multiple computers. I have also removed it from the enclosure and connected the drive via SATA... the result is identical. I checked the bios and the drive appears there.

The drive does spin when powering up. It is hot (even though it cannot really be accessed).

Any suggestions? Is this drive done?

A:Hard drive installed, shows in Drive Mngmnt, in Bios, but not in Comp.

Go to Disk Management, in the bottom part of the screen, right click the drive, select 'change drive letter or path', next window select add, next window select a drive letter from the drop down box. For an external drive it's best to use a letter lower in the alphabet. If disk management wants to initialize and format it, don't do it if there is data on it you don't want to lose. If no data or if you don't care, go ahead. It will show in computer when a drive letter is assigned.

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I have an "AMD A8-5500 APU 3.2 GHz" computer - A8 Vision HP Pavilion BIOS v.7.10 I installed a second SATA drive (a 3TB Seagate) and booted up the factory installed OS on the first SATA drive. The operating system has no problem seeing the drive, so I installed a second OS into a 700GB partition on the second SATA drive. However, when I booted the system to finish the OS installation, the BIOS couldn't see the second SATA drive. Booting into the OS on the first SATA drive, no problems, the OS can see the second SATA drive. So, the problem occurs at boot time. The BIOS won't see the second SATA drive. However, if I interrupt the BIOS at boot, and go in to run a diagnostic (and I cancel that and not run the diagnostic), all of a sudden, the BIOS can see the 2nd SATA drive and I can boot off it. Interrupting the normal BIOS boot and entering the BIOS setup, and then canceling out, will 100% of the time cause the BIOS to see the second SATA drive. If I don't do this, the BIOS doesn't see the other SATA drive 100% of the time. This is a real annoyance. I looked for an updated version of the BIOS (assuming this was an identified bug fixed with a later BIOS release), but can't seem to locate anything. Does anyone know how to fix this? Thanks,SFMChris











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A:Second installed hard drive isn't seen by BIOS

I do not think it has anything to do with the "Windows Boot Loader (Winload.exe or Winload.efi)". However, I did try it out and running a "bcdedit /set {GUID} path \windows\system32\winload.exe" produced a non-booting OS (even if I attempted to use my current workaround by interrupting the BIOS at boot). Here is the current behavior I am seeing when I hit ESC to enter the BIOS setup (you have a window of less than 2 seconds to hit this key before the WIndows Boot Loader menu comes up). The following are the paths to settings in the BIOS menu, followed by the settings I am seeing:       * Boot Menu                - Shows only SATA0       * Computer Setup > Storage > Device Configuration               - Shows only SATA0       * Computer Setup > Storage > Boot Order > Legacy Boot Sources               - Shows only SATA0       * Computer Setup > Storage > DPS Self-test               - Shows both SATA0 and SATA1 ?! UPDATE:I just found the fix (HP devs will need to fix this bug though). SOLUTION:  I made the following BIOS change... Read more

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Hello sir,I have a problem in bios password. I tried to reset cmos by removing rtc battery. But i can't remove password. System disabled code is 09565.Thanks,MNK











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A:Compaq Presario v3000 BIOS Password Reset

When asked for password try nddo or vrckh

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Need a bios password for a Compaq Presario CQ62-209WM System Disabled KEY: 5503579 Please Help. 

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@curtism49? Check the code you've posted - it should contain 8 digits. Regards, DP-K

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I have a Compaq Presario 2200 model laptop.

I have an issue where every time by laptop batter discharges the time clock resets. I believe that this is realated to the bios battery. I have taken the laptop appart properly via guide provided on compaq website. This is the maintenance guide with all the spare part numbers listed. However, this laptop is out of warranty.

My problem is that I cannot locate the bios battery anywhere on the board. Could someone with some experience pleae review the diagram for this model and tell me where the battery is?


Thanks,
Darmin
 

A:Presario 2200 Compaq - CMOS/BIOS battery?

First of all.

Have you tried to calibrate the battery by BIOS? < This might help a lot of problems.

Second

Have you updated your BIOS ?
 

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Hi, cant enter bios setup, got error code: 56085878. Help please. Thanks

A:compaq presario CQ57 needs BIos administrator password

Enter the followng unlock code; 49983278

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Hello, I am attempting to access the BIOS on my HP Compaq Presario CQ62. It prompts me for a master BIOS password (which I do not know), and reports an error "System Disable. Key: 87231156"Other threads indicate that this is a common issue. May I please have my master BIOS password? And is there any other way to recover this? Thank you so much!Brandon

A:Master BIOS password - Compaq Presario CQ62

@Brandon_S1? Please enter    38199198 Regards.

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Sir,My compaq presario cq 60 i have forgot the bios password (Enter Administrator password ?). after 3 attempts i got a code 63186857 Please help me .











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A:Compaq Presario CQ60 - How to reset the bios password?

Hi Enter: 72884299

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Hi,I need my bios administrator password for a compaq presario cq57.I get system disabled error 61596522.Thanks.

A:compaq presario CQ57 needs BIos administrator password

Hello @kodoku Welcome to the HP Support forum. Please, try to enter this >> 74494504as a response code. This should let you enter BIOS, start your PC, unlock your BIOS and/or reset security settings. Let me know if this works for you

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how to run the system bios in laptop Compaq Presario CQ57 with Windows 10?

A:how to run the system bios in laptop Compaq Presario CQ57 wi...

ANAKONDA wrote:how to run the system bios in laptop Compaq Presario CQ57 with Windows 10?Hi, Sorry, what are you trying to do ? We don't run the system BIOS. And from your question, all I can say: Please don't touch to BIOS, this is the shortest way to brick your machine. Regards.

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Well, last week was going good until my computer decided to melt down. I reworked a Compaq Presario 4712 as a backup, but I can't figure out the bios setup sequence. Can someone please help me. I'm in the middle of backing my web site up, so I can move it to a secure server.
 

A:[SOLVED] Compaq Presario 4712 bios setup

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After rebooting my system I now come to a screen to enter system password. Only thing is.. I never set this and there is no way around it.I have tried the take battery out reset CMOS trick that used to work in desktops to no avail. this is the message I get after too many password attempts. system disable key 92931076











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A:Compaq Presario CQ61 BIOS Password Unlock

Chick try. 23699078 Use that code to go into the BIOS.Disable all passwords that are enabled.If asked for the CURRENT password use that code.If asked for NEW password just hit enter.If asked to VERIFY password just hit enter.Save and exit. REO I must inform you that these services are not endorsed by HP, and that HP is not responsible for any damage that may arise to your system by using these services. Please be aware that you do this at your own risk.

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I have an older compaq presario CQ62 that i'm trying to get running for my father. It will not load stating "Windows failed to start. a recent hardware or software change might be the cause" Status: 0xc000000f Info: the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible. I have windows 7 on a bootable USB drive but it gives me the same error when trying to boot from the usb drive. when i try to enter bios to rearrange the boot order it's asking for a password and i have no idea what it is. It's giving me a code # 54391904 any way i can reset password or still boot from USB drive? thank you in advance

A:forgot compaq presario CQ62 BIOS password

 Hi, Enter: 41099320

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I can not use my pc .. I misspelled my bios password and now sends me an error code .. you poede give me an unlock code please. Error Code:  21501 first of all, Thanks  

A:Re: Compaq Presario v3000 BIOS Password Reset

Try entering the following unlock code: ckhi

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Hello sir, I have a problem in bios password. I tried to reset cmos by removing rtc battery. But i can't remove password. System disabled code is 03218. Thanks,Moewin

A:Compaq Presario v3000 BIOS Password Reset

Hi, Please try (lower cases)    ebceyfd   or mpf Regards.

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@n8kdg Please enter     46999004 Regards

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Mcdolemom, welcome to the forum. Based on the age of the computer, I suspect a failed power supply unit (PSU).  Here is a guide to help you troubleshoot it. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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Ok. Trying to fix a friend's computer, and seem to have run into a rather strange snag.  Problem:  The computer will not boot past the bios screen. Details:  When you power on the computer, the compaq logo with intel inside shows up and has the <F1 Setup> and <F10 System Recovery> options listed as well.  And this is about as far as the computer gets.  After this the whole computer is just locked up, no buttons work on the keyboard no lights come on the keyboard ect ect.  I've tried mashing on the F1 key as soon as I power on the computer and I can manage to get it to say *entering setup* but it still freezes after this point.  I've already tried eliminating possible sources of problem, all expansion cards removed, HDD and Dvd Rom disconnected, single memory module (256mb ddr 2700), only power, vga, and keyboard connected.  Ive also used the jumper on the motherboard to clear the cmos hoping that would solve the problem, to no avail.  I've tried using a different stick of memory and different memory slot as well...  Tried using both a ps2 and a usb keyboard... Ive even tried pulling out the jumper for the bios password protection (even though it didn't have a password on it, just trying anything I can think of).  The installed bios version is 3.1, and that is about all I know about the computer at this point, other than what the website tells me of it.   http://h10025.www1.hp.com/... Read more

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Try clearing the CMOS again but this time remove the CMOS battery and hold the power button in for a few seconds. Then replace the battery and try booting up again.  On the back of the pc is the PSU condition led green or flashing?

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I just reformatted a friends Compaq Presario 3000 laptop with win xp pro. Everything was working fine on it until I updated the bios. Now the computer starts to come on and then shuts down after about a second. I have tried draining all the power but get the same result. All ideas welcome. Thank you.
 

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Hi all,I have a Compaq Presario CQ61-310SV notebook that does not want to start ? the screen does not turn on and always remains blank. At startup, when I press power button:Lit only leds for Power, WiFi (orange color) and Touchpad;The fan turns on, but the screen remains blank;Caps Lock and Num Lock keys blink 2 times in a sequence;According to these data, I found that there was an error, indicating to failure of the BIOS. But, despite the fact that on the forum I found many of similar cases, no advice did not help me solve this error. So I decided to ask you for help, describing in detail what I tried hoping that you will point to my mistakes and help me to solve the problem.So:First of all, I tried to perform a hard reset by:Disconnecting the AC adapter, battery and all external peripheral devices;Pressing and holding down the power button for about 1 minute;Plugging the AC adapter back into the notebook;Trying to turn on the notebook;Also I removed the CMOS battery for a few minutes ? no result.Next, I tried to recovering the BIOS using key press combination «Win+B» hoping that my notebook has the emergency BIOS recovery feature enabled. But the notebook silently restarts automatically after few seconds after I released the power button. How I tried to do it?I turned off notebook and I unplugged AC adapter;I disconnected the battery and all external peripheral devices;I plugged AC adapter back into the notebook;Holding «Win+B» I pressed power button and I rel... Read more

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I noticed that no one can/wants to try to help and I do not know why... If I did something wrong or you need more information about my problem ? please tell me about this and I certainly will update the post.

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A:Re: Compaq Presario v3000 (V3230AU) BIOS Password Reset

Hi vikassingh, If you post the code that it gives you here,  then I will try to help you. -erico

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Hello, I physically installed a new solid state hard drive on anHP Split x2.   See reason below*. Please need advice if I should be expecting "BIOS prompts".   All I'm getting is a black screen.   No messages. I did get get a USB recovery media.   Is that the next step?   Not sure, if the fact that there are no message on the black screen is a sign that even the recovery media will not work. I did try going into the BIOS by tapping  "Esc".    Also tried with a downloaded BIOS and holding  "Windows + B".  Stil no BIOS. Will appreciate advice.   Ex-Parte  More background information*After a several chats on Forum, came to a hard drive diagnostic (culprit for not letting the computer boot up; not even letting it get to BIOS).   http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Boot-and-Lockup/split-X2-will-not-boot-Black-screen-one-orange...

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Hi @Ex-Parte, Thank you for your reply. I understand that after installing a new SSD drive, on startup you get a blank screen. Please review this post by @ericoRe: How to upgrade your notebook to a SATA 2.5" SSD and let me know it that helped.  

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Hello, I physically installed a new hard drive.   See reason below*. Please need advice if I should be expecting "BIOS prompts".   All I'm getting is a black screen.   No messages. I did get get a USB recovery media.   Is that the next step?   Not sure, if the fact that there are no message on the black screen is a sign that even the recovery media will not work. I did try going into the BIOS by tapping  "Esc".    Also tried with a downloaded BIOS and holding  "Windows + B".  Stil no BIOS. Will appreciate advice.   Ex-Parte  More background information*After a several chats on Forum, came to a hard drive diagnostic (culprit for not letting the computer boot up; not even letting it get to BIOS).   http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Boot-and-Lockup/split-X2-will-not-boot-Black-screen-one-orange...

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hey i recently got a compaq presario v6000 from a friend and when i turned it on for the first time i noticed that it made 3 short beeping sounds which i found out that it doesnt have a bios image but anyway the power light a battery light flashes and then reboots but i cant see anything on the screen at all when its powered on. also the fans power on for at least 2 seconds then they turn off. i dont have a hard drive but i need to at least get to the bios so i can reinstall the os using usb drive.

any help would be great and aslo people have been telling me that my motherboard could be warped how would i fix this without buying a new one because i have no money at all for the laptop.

A:compaq presario v6000 wont display bios and screen is black

It looks like you may have Bad Ram: Compaq BIOS Beep Codes - BIOS Central.
Computer Does Not Start and Emits an LED or Beep Code Compaq Presario SR5510F Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English) Or it could be the Video adapter on the motherboard. Try removing one stick of RAM and get to the Bios. You can also download the ISO image for Memtest in my signature burn the image to CD with IMGBurn also in my signature or USB and boot off of the disc and run the tests on each stick of RAM separately.

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I have a Compaq Presario CQ57-339WM and it won't boot.I tried to restore it, but I can't get into the bios to let it boot from CD.It says system disabled 67912930 after 3 failed attempts. Help!











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A:Compaq Presario CQ57-339WM bios password system disabled

Try >> 78670316

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I was working on a customer's laptop, a Compaq CQ60, that refused to boot into windows and System Recovery disabled all recovery options except for Command Prompt.

On a hunch, after pressing Escape during BIOS boot, I selected HDD Test. The test ran and failed with "Replace Hard Drive." OK.. the laptop sat there for a few minutes and never did anything else, so I tried to get out of that screen. Nothing responded, so I just held the Power button to turn the computer off.

When I pressed Power again to turn the computer back on, the Power and Wireless LEDs comes on, the CD drive is accessed and then the HDD LED lights up for a second and goes out. The screen never comes up nor do the backlights.

I have tried hooking up an external monitor, but that never shows anything either.

I have tried taking the memory out, cleaning the contacts, putting them back in, swapping the modules around, booting with one or the other.... No effect.

I pulled the battery and the CMOS battery, unplugged AC and let it sit for a good half hour. I held the Power button for thirty seconds. Plugged the CMOS battery back in then the AC. Turned it on and still no go.

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I have a SATA hard disk drive in two partitions!
.. and one CD-RW and one DVD-ROM in Primary IDE...

I found an ATA hard disk and I pluged it in the secondary IDE as an Single/Master..

BIOS DoEs see it normally... However WinXP, Device Manager, my Computer.. does not..

Does anybody knows what am I doing wrong?
Is it the order of the IDE devices? (Hard Disk to Primary IDE and CD/DVD to Secondary??)
Any idea? Thx!
 

A:BIOS sees my Hard Disk || WinXP doesn't

I've just noticed that BIOS does not recognizes my HD!!

Primary IDE Master : CD-RW
Primary IDE Slave : DVD-Rom
Secondary IDE Master : Seagate 80GB (<--My S-ATA HD with the OS!!)
Secondary IDE Slave : Not Detected

My ATA Seagate 40GB pluged into secondary IDE is nowhere!! (jumper set to Single/Master)
My S-ATA Seagate 80GB looks like it is connected to an IDE port...
And I'm f***ing confused!!!!!!!!!
 

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NOTE: THIS IS A COPY OF MY POST ON THE COMPAQ FORUM...getting desperate.

Hi, i bought a 6150b from a company auction. Everything worked perfect for the longest time. Then last week i went to go turn it on, and all it does is run the CPU fan for a couple seconds, flash the AC LED about 7 - 8 times, and while thats flashing the power and hard drive LED’s stay solidly lit. Then it completely turns off. This all lasts about 3 seconds at the most. That’s what happens when on battery power.

When on AC power, the same thing happens, except it continues doing the cycle over and over again until I unplug it.

I think it might have something to do with the LCD monitor, since it does not even show a slight flicker at all. No color change like it would from when turned off to a black back lit screen when turning on….simply nothing.

I opened her up (no warranty anyways) and checked all the connections for the keyboard, monitor, DVD drive etc....also reseated them as well, with no luck.

Pulled the both RAM modules and reseated them as well, nothing.

Pulled the battery as well, no change. Still cycles the same over and over again while on AC

There are no audible errors codes (real nice HP...), and im lost at this point.

Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.
 

A:Compaq Presario 6150b wont boot - no BIOS screen - powers on and off repeatedly

I think instead of just pulling and replacing the CMOS battery you might purchase a new one and install it. Proceed from there. If you get a screen and it's still has a problem try a new PSU. Jazz
 

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I bought this Western Digital 120gb hard drive to replace my other 8gb hard drive. I've used 10 and 12gb hard drives before in this computer. No problems till I go to boot it up with this new one. The computer doesn't see the new hard drive. It just stops on searching for hard drive. I can't even format it. Not looking to setup as Master/Slave. This is my second 120gb hard drive from Western Digital cause I thought the first one was bad. But now this one is doing the same thing. Just want this big hard drive to work alone. HELP!!!!
 

A:New 120gb hard drive that won't boot

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Compaq presario with Vista. Trying to do a clean install of windows 7 on comapq presario f500. Problem is the machine will only boot from hard drive. Cd drive works fine just can't boot from it.
Windows 7 install disk won't boot. Windows xp install cd won't boot. In bios setup I've move the dvd/cdrom drive to top of boot list still no luck. So I got tricky booted from vista and starting windows 7 install cd from windows explorer. Install hung part way through and I had to turn off the computer. No I can't boot vista and have an incomplete install of windows 7 which won't boot. Not even safe mode. When you boot hit Esc the boot menus only shows notebook hard drive as an option.

I've also tried unpluging the battery to clear out cmos no help.

Help I've trying to upgrade for a relative. Now the machine is uselss.

A:Compaq presario can only boot from hard disk

Download and write the latest Win7 official installer for your licensed version to flash stick from Steps 1 and 2 here which will also show you how to get a perfect install.

If you have files to rescue from Vista you can Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

Otherwise boot the flash stick, choose Custom install, delete all partitions and create new partition(s) as desired, format and install.

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i just ordered a 320 gb hard drive from newegg. its a sata drive. I work on computers for the local ballet company and the computer i am putting this in is a hp pavilion a1540n and for some reason the last guy who worked on the computer pulled the sata 1 connector out so i have the drive plugged in on the sata 2 port and its showing up in the windows install as only 130gb. only and in the hp bios it shows as the correct 320gb. What am i doing all wrong??
 

A:320gb hard drive only showing 120gb

see this thread
 

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Hi all,

A friend of mine is having problems with a 250GB Seagate Hard drive.

It was bought from a computer shop and they fitted it for him. When he took it home the computer didn’t recognise it. It then recognised it as 250gb, but his Windows OS wouldn’t work properly (it would some times work and other times wouldn’t).

He had the drive refreshed, re-formatted and had the partitions removed and rebuilt. Its then that 130GB disappeared.

Does anyone know what may have caused this (sorry I haven’t given much info, but this is all I know) and if so, whether it’s fixable. I have suggested that the drive be taken back to the shop that it was bought from, under warranty.

If you need any more info, please ask, and I will try and find out.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
 

A:250GB Hard drive only shows 120GB.

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Hello,

I got a Western Digital 120GB external hard drive last night, to supplement my laptop's 30GB drive. I intend to use it mainly to store mp3s (right now I have around 40 gigs, but I anticipate it growing rapidly soon), and perhaps some movies too, occasionally. My question is, should I partition the drive? I've read some guides on parititioning hard drives, but since mine will be almost exclusively for mp3s and video files, most of the online guides and articles are kind of irrelevant (since they assume broader use of the drive).

A side issue -- I don't know if anyone with a WD external drive has had this issue, but when I press the power button off to shutdown the drive, the blue light around the switch blinks 10 times, then stays on. It does not turn off -- even after I close all applications. What I can do is either hold the switch down for a few seconds (which I assume is not good for the drive), or put my laptop on sleep mode, then turn the drive off (pressing the power switch once to turn it off works just fine now), and revive my laptop. Roundabout, but it works. WD's online reference section suggests I turn off all applications (tried it, didn't work), or turn off indexing on the drive (didn't find a way to do that). Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
 

A:Issues with WD 120GB External USB Hard Drive

My family's PC has a relatively new WD drive and NONE of your symptom. XP powers off the PC in 10 seconds. More or less.

Indexing is a service. When turned off, it can't run. Start > Control... > Admin... > Services > Indexing... > Disable it.

Yes, Indexing option shows in the hard disk property. I wouldn't touch that.
 

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i have a 120 gb seagate hard drive usb connection that i stored all that i could get on it prob 109 gb of data stored it away for about 3 or 4 years brought it out today and got a assigned letter went to properities it had raw where it should have said fat

any way to retrieve data ? if not any way to reformat?
 

A:Unrecognized 120GB hard drive unallocated

As long as the disk is still recognized by Windows, you can always try a data recovery program to scan the disk for lost content. Depending on what happened to it, you might be able to restore the partition, or restore (some of) the files.

Formatting is just a matter of going to the Disk Management module in computer management and selecting the disk there. You can create a partition and format it from there.
 

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my computer has gone gaput. it was turningm then just dieing. now it doesnt boot at all. i am a psychologist and have a lot of confidential data on clients on the hard drives, so i want remove them before bringing it in to a shop. i have dismantled the machine, but cant figure out how to get the hard drives out. any suggestions??? thanks -- joe
 

A:removing hard drives from compaq presario s4000nx?

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...c=us&dlc=en&product=329399&rule=31858&lang=en
 

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This is only for the ones that like me love their old gear to bits and try to bring it up to a level, where it may still be of some use...

I managed to get this little sweatheart to run Win 95, got it networked and have it access the internet. But the next bottleneck is the capacity of its hard drive...only 220 mb, that means after installing win95, there is only 32 mb left to play with...I have one 1GB and one 4.3 GB hard drive, that I tried to install in this computer. They both would run, but unfortunately the bios does not seem to accept any larger hard disc space than 220 mb and uses only this amount on either hard drives...Is there a way around this problem or am I stuck with 220 mb for good????

Would be grateful for any advice that gets me out of this...

Cheers
Roy
 

A:Can a Compaq Presario 433, 486SX processor accept hard drives over 220 mb?

One option that might work would be to get a pci controller card.
Here's one.
Not sure if it would work or not.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16816102002
 

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Okay, sorry for the very little information, but someone that I know called me up and told me that "Their compaq Presario won't boot from a CD and they tinkered with the Boot up settings already, and it won't boot from the cd, because they had Vista Premium and they screwed it, and now they have Business, and it doesn't have any of their stuff on it. The CD is apparently a Backup cd, so if you have any suggestions on what to do, I only use dell computers so I am not totally familiar with the configurations of the boot menu right now.
 

A:Compaq Presario won't boot from CD Drive

ubuntuuser said:

.... they had Vista Premium and they screwed it,...Click to expand...

What does that mean? Why did they go out and buy Business when they had Home Premium?

I bought a Compaq Presario about 6 weeks ago. No problem booting from a Restore DVD. Is his computer still under warranty? If so, I think he should call HP tech support. Also, did that computer come with a Restore CD/DVD or did it have a Recovery partition on the hard drive? It most likely had the latter; it would definitely had one or the other.

In what way did your friend "tinker with the Boot up settings"? Let's face it, your friend appears to be not very computer savvy. That's going to make this more difficult.
 

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I just purchased a Compaq Pressaio 1275 from a friend. The laptop is for my 10 year old. The floppy drive is pooched. My question is are we better off with locating an internal on ebay or getting an external?

Scatteredminds
 

A:compaq presario floppy drive

get an external, lap tops arent meant to be upgradable anyways
 

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I am trying to install a different hard drive on my computer. The hard drive has 3 different operating systems on it, none support the Fat 32 file system. I cannot access the c drive to fdisk then delete the other operating systems. Any advise you could give me would be great.

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Johnny
 

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I have a firewire/USB external hard drive (Western digital). Recently the hard drive died. I bought a new hard drive 120GB Maxtor Diamondmax plus ATA/133 HDD (Old one was 80GB) to replace. When I put it in and try to format it in Windows XP, it will only read 32GB (31.4). If I put this hard drive internally into a tower, I can get it to work only if I boot with the new hard drive boot disk first, then reboot with windows. I tried a friends external hard drive...took the drive out and put it into my external hard drive box as well as DVD burner (external) box...worked fine. Is there a special way to format a hard drive for this purpose...or will only selected hard drives work for this????

Ben
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A:external hard drive replacement only read 32GB, not 120GB

are you formatting it ntfs

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Hi all, hope you can help...

I recently bought a PC with a 120GB hard drive, and have put Windows Vista on it. Unfortunately, although the 120GB is recognised in BIOS, only 60GB of this is visible in 'My Computer' in Windows.

My PC spec is as listed on the following webpage:-

http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/product/seo/850893/?int=deal-3-COMPAQ SR5027

Unfortunately, I have voided my warranty due to some upgrades I made. Any ideas as to how I might obtain full usage of my hard drive would be much appreciated!

Thanks,

Tom
 

A:Solved: 120GB hard drive, but Vista only recognises 60GB

It may just not be partitioned. Right Click on Computer and select Manage. The select Disk Management and see if there's any unallocated space on the drive. If so you can create another partition or resize the existing partition.
 

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OS is Windows Vista Home Basic.When I try to set a recovery point it tells me that I need to remove data from the D: drive to make space. The system is set up to overwrite previous restore points but it doesn't work at all so I can't get it to record new restore points.Anyone out there who can offer me advice on how to fix the system???I accept that I am a newbie and that I may have screwed it up but would be very grateful to anyone who can sort me out. (Moderator edit: moved topic to more appropriate forum. jgweed)

A:Compaq Presario Recovery D: Drive Capacity

For starters I would private message a Mod to move this to the Vista forum as you posted this in the XP forum.

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I have a Compaq Presario 64 bit, dual core processor, with an AMD processor. I do have wired high speed cable with 60MPS and processor has 4 gb of ram sticks. My question is? What can I,, or How do I,, know what is safe to delete on my Hard Drive (D) ? I don't want to delete something, that may damage my pc, or make it, so that it will not even work, at all.There is a lot of junk in my (D) drive that I have never used. Some maybe 1 or 2 times, all the years I had this. I have windows vista. Does someone that has or had a similiar Desktop pc know this answer to my question? Again my pc is a Compaq Presario SR5610F dual core 64 bit,,AMD Processor

A:how to clean up D drive on a compaq presario SR5610F

The D: drive should hold the Recovery Partition, which being Vista, would reinstall Vista.  The hard drive, if original would be 320GB.  You stand the risk of removing something needed, if you do not know what you are doing.  On a unit that old, and assuming that you wish to still use it, I would leave it alone.  Just use it as is.

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Hey guys, this is my fist post here, so i appologise if im in the wrong place, just need some help with something. Basically I have compaq / hp laptop with windows vista, and the DVD drive is no longer working. After a substantial ammount of research I have found fixes including the upper and lowr filters in the regestry, which didn't work, and have even removed the drive to try to get it to re-install the drivers. After testing the drive itself in another laptop I can confirm it is in good working order.

After a while I decided to set the laptop back to the factory settings using the built in recovery tool. This didn't solve the issue either. I have tried to use bootable CD's in the drive on start up and changed the order in which the laptop boots up, but nothing seems to work.

When a CD or DVD is in the machine, it powers up (lights and noise), but the computer dosn't seem to respond to it in any way. Also, the drive dosn't show up in Device manager or my computer and there is no entry in the device manager for DVD/CD drives.

Basically what im trying to figure out, is if this is a motherboard issue of some sort, and also, if I was to buy an external DVD drive, would I be likely to have the same issue?

Any help you guys can give would be greatly appreciated, Thanks in advance.

WhiskyLima
 

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