01-09-2013 01:26 PM
I replace my hard drive with a 250gb seagate sata drive. Took my recovery discs and put it in the cd, turned the power button on. Screen came up:
Boot device not found
Please install an operating system on your hard drive
Hard Disk (3FO)
F2 System Diagnostics
For more information , please visit: www.hp.com/go/techcenter/startup
I restarted the laptop and hit F9 and boot from the cd/dvd drive. Still nothing, got the same screen.
Sugguestions on what are how to do next? I am not a computer guy. Just an old grunt.
01-09-2013 11:05 PM
I went a returned the hdd and got a different one and ran the test again and it passed. Still can't get it to start off the recovery discs I made. Any Help?
01-10-2013 06:00 AM
As I see it, here are your options...
1. Order a set of HP recovery disks for your PC.
2. Make your own Vista installation disk if you can read the 25 character Vista product key on the MS COA sticker on the bottom of your PC (Don't post the key!).
If you're up to a slight but rewarding challenge you can make your own if you can read your 25 character Vista product key on the PC.
Just download the 3 files you need at the link below, and read all of the instructions to create a bootable DVD installation disk using imageburn.
Disregard the part of the text under the first screen shot about "extract the files to the Vista folder."
The files were already extracted to that folder when you ran the X14.exe file by reading the text on top of the first screen shot.
The other thing I noticed is on the 4th screen shot, where it shows Developer ID Microsoft Corporation. I had to type Microsoft Corporation in myself, and then the other codes automatically populated.
When I went to compile the ISO file, ImageBurn gave a message that about a WIM file and ISO, and if I wanted to burn it in a different format.
I selected No, make the ISO file.
It was not that hard to do. I burned both the 64 bit disk and the 32 bit disk in case I ever need them.
I tested both of them on my hp dc7100 CMT desktop PC, they worked perfectly.
When you enter the product key, it knows what version of Vista you have.
After you successfully install Vista, you can then install the drivers from your PC's support and driver page.
01-12-2013 04:53 PM
Got the vista dics downloaded and stuck it in the laptop, started installing just fine and than stops and says "please installed device drivers". I take it thats what you are talking about. How, where do I download and install them? Your help so far has been spot on, thanks for the patients dealing with this. Tom
01-12-2013 05:46 PM
So, windows vista does not complete the installation?
That didn't happen to me.
The install ran completely and then I had to install the hardware drivers.
What device driver(s) is it asking for?