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01-26-2009 11:29 AM - edited 01-26-2009 12:22 PM
I have an older Compaq Presario R4012us (r4000 series). I bought a new larger hard drive and tried to install my OS from the original HP disc. After formatting and installing the system files, it reboots but then goes back to the initial install steps. I then re-formatted the drive, and tried to install the full XP 64 Pro OS and it also gets stuck in an install loop. I tried the Windows 7 beta (since it was the only other OS I could get) and it says it can't install the OS to the disk. I try doing the main setup and taking the CD out during the reboot and the system hangs at a black screen.
I put the old drive back in, formatted it, and I get the same results with all 3 OS.
I disabled the network adapter in the BIOS, tried switching around and disabling the boot orders, no luck. When I try to do the Hard Drive Test in the BIOS setup it says "no ide drive" but it said that when the computer was working. The OS install discs will format and partition the drives.
*edit* yeah my new drive is IDE/ATA as is the original.
What am I missing? Do I need some weird driver for the laptop? Why won't the HP OS discs work then?
Thanks for all the help, I am going nuts here.
01-27-2009 01:31 PM
After doing a lot more reading I am wondering if the stock hard drive had some hidden BIOS stuff needed for boot/OS. I talked to HP support and they didn't have a clue. That wouldn't make sense as people couldn't replace the hard drive, so it should be on the OS disk. I have a Recovery/App disc but it doesn't seem to want to work before Windows is installed.
01-27-2009 01:49 PM
01-27-2009 02:03 PM - edited 01-27-2009 02:41 PM
The computer was working just fine before I took the hard drive out and I was very careful with every step.
The drive connector seems to be hardwired to the motherboard, so that rules out a cable. I don't see how I could have fried the mobo.
01-28-2009 12:33 PM
Make sure your RE Partition the Drive. It must Show up in the BIOS for any OS to install.
RAM - Sometime having Two different branded ram sticks can cause Crazy things to happen while installing windows.
Try one stick if you have two. If you only have one, Your Ram stick may be on its way out.
You must get your BIOS to see the Hard disk tho, Make sure it shows up in ther!