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06-19-2011 12:37 PM
I was in the process of installing Windows 7 onto my laptop. During the installation, the laptop rebooted (as normal). During the reboot though, the laptop got stuck on the "HP Invent" screen. I tried pressing ESC to load up the start menu, or BIOS or whatever..I tried everything. But it just wont get past that screen.
I've installed Windows 7 on it before with no problems,so I really don't understand what's going on.
I just took my HDD out, and now it finally boots past the HP INVENT screen, and I can even get to the BIOS. But, without the HDD I can't install windows 7 and when I put the HDD back in it again gets stuck at the HP invent screen!
I'm getting crazy because I already tried a lot... and nothing helps... I really need my laptop lol. My summer holidays just started!
Thanks in advance,
06-19-2011 12:54 PM
I don't know what method you are using to install W7, or why you are reinstalling it again, but this tutorial has worked best for everyone that I have given it to.
It is a destructive install, so anything on the hard drive will be wiped out and you will have to manually install your drivers.
I don't know why it gets stuck on the HP screen, but the tutorial is your best chance of the installation working.
06-19-2011 12:57 PM - edited 06-19-2011 01:00 PM
How should I install it? since I can only install it when my HDD isn't in. When my HDD is in it just freezes @ the HP INVENT screen... I can't even boot from cd! That's the problem... I have the W7 cd, and I want to install it by booting from CD... but that just doesn't work!
06-19-2011 01:06 PM
You need to boot from the W7 installation disc. Put your hard drive back in and use the end of a bent out paper clip to eject the DVD drawer through the small hole in the face of the drawer, insert your W7 disc. Close the drawer and immediately on boot up, start tapping the f9 key. Use you up and down and enter keys to navigate to "Internal CD/DVD ROM drive. At this point you may be prompted to press any key to continue. It should now start to load W7.
06-19-2011 01:11 PM
The hard drive may have failed, upon boot up (with the hard drive in place) start tapping the f10 key and navigate to diagnostics to run the hard drive test. You should also test your memory while you're in there.
06-19-2011 01:42 PM - edited 06-19-2011 02:16 PM
I tried the f10 thing while my HDD was in, it again freezes @ the hp invent screen. Btw, I can only do those tests when my HDD is out, lol. The memory test was succesful, but the HDD test was failed (because my HDD wasn't in)
EDIT: I've tried the F9 method too... It doesn't work either It just says Tap F9 to change boot device order... But if you tap f9, nothing happens..
EDIT: Btw, I forgot to mention, when I boot up without HDD, before entering the bios, I get this error:
Press F1 to load Cmos default value.
Press F10 to bios Setup Options.
Is this because I can't get my RTC Battery in?
06-19-2011 02:26 PM - edited 06-19-2011 02:27 PM
You need to put the RTC ( CMOS ) battery back in, and yes you will get that error when the battery is removed. Ounce the battery is back in it is very important that you reset the clock with in the BIOS. (f10 will get you there)
Pressing f1 will load the default setting of the BIOS, but you will still need to reset the clock. The W7 disc will not load with the RTC battery removed and the clock has to be set to the current date so it will boot, otherwise you will get an error that W7 is not genuine.
I still suspect the hard drive and sometimes the only way to tell is to substitute another drive, but you must deal with the battery issue first.
Anything else that I need to know, did you try and update the BIOS ? What made you want to reinstall W7 again ?
06-20-2011 05:27 AM - edited 06-20-2011 07:41 AM
The CMOS Battery problem is fixed So when I boot without HDD in, it just: Hard Disk not found. But when I put the HD back in it again freezes @ HP Invent screen
Guys, what I don't understand is, why can i reach the bios when the HDD is out, and why can't I reach the bios when my HDD is in? =S
06-20-2011 10:13 AM
I don't have an answer to that. Perhaps when you tried to reinstall W7 the CMOS battery was removed and now the information on the hard drive has become corrupted (what there is of it) and the BIOS can't see it anymore.
Maybe the drive has totally failed (will not spin at all) and the BIOS can't see it.
All I can suggest at this point is to borrow another drive from someone and see if it gets past the HP logo so you can boot from the W7 disc.
Maybe someone else will come along with another answer.
07-19-2012 11:11 AM
Solved this problem on my dv5....
Did a fresh install of Windows 7 and upon reboot it stopped at the logo. Read the post here about removing the hard drive......when it was removed it did boot past the logo.
Installed the hard drive in my desktop and booted with a live linux cd (PCLinuxOS).
Looked at the partition structure and found a tiny 1023k portion at the front of the drive.
Deleted all the partitions that Win7 created and then created one large NTFS-3G Partition.
Reinstalled hard drive in my dv5 and it booted.
Ran a hard drive test and it passed.
Reinstalled Win 7 and all is good.