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01-31-2009 02:59 PM
01-31-2009 08:49 PM
Try a factory-pressed CD. If the optical cannot read this type of media, then you may need to clean the laser (lens). Note that burned media will have lower reflectivity. That's why you should always burn at a low speed and use quality media to avoid PIF errors. I only use Taiyo Yuden CD and DVD+R media. Verbatim DVD+R is also okay. You can create a WXP boot disc with DVD media. No need to stick to CD, especially if you slipstream drivers to the disc.
Newegg.com is a good place to order hardware.
02-03-2009 10:46 PM
Thanks for your input. How do I create a wxp boot dvd? Is it possible to fix an xp boot fileusing the Restore CDs? I ordered a new cd/dvd drive. Thanks for Newegg.com. Thanks again.
02-04-2009 09:35 PM
02-04-2009 11:07 PM
02-04-2009 11:13 PM
Nothing happens when I press F9. During power on and after.
I just received the new hard drive and cd-rw\dvd-rom today. I installed both and was able to boot from cd, but it kept hanging up when setup said "starting windows". Now it will not boot from cd-rw\dvd-rom again. The same thing is happening. I power on and the cd only spins a couple a seconds and then I see a blinking line at the top left of screen. Could it be the motherboard? Thanks,
02-04-2009 11:31 PM
Did you get past the part when XP would load the essential drivers? Not sure if you need to track down a SATA driver for that particular motherboard. At least upgrade the installation CD to SP3. Nlite will allow you to add all essential drivers to the installation CD/DVD.
IBM used to be very good in the documentation department. Course this would translate to a higher purchase price. When IBM could no longer make a decent return on the PC business, it sold the notebook arm to Lenovo. The same with the hard drive business...now Hitachi.
It's not a big deal to disclose the full spec of a PC...Bill of Material (BOM). Course the hidden goal is to make upgrade/downgrade as hard as possible so that tech support is not burdened with these type of calls.
Most customers are still happy with HP because they don't plan to reverse engineer the PC.
02-05-2009 03:01 AM
02-05-2009 07:45 AM
I am a computer repair company. I currently have a DV2000 (DV2100) in my shop for the same thing. I have now seen this on 3 HP laptops. The other 2 were DV1000's. My customer told me that it was working fine yesterday, now today it is doing the blinking cursor. I reseated the hard drive and I got it to boot in to windows 1 time. I removed the drive and slaved it up to my desktop and tested it with Easy Recovery Professional. It passed. I am now using the BIOS' hard drive test utility. I am very confident it will pass. I think this problem is a manufacturing defect with the system board itself. I'm assuming the hard drive controlling chip which I think is part of the chipset.
I am now going to try to boot into windows to upgrade the BIOS. I worked on Dell laptops for 2 years and discovered some very interesting faults with Dell's as well. I hope this is not a big issue, but my gut feeling is telling me it is. If I figure it out, I'll post my results.
Oh, of course I made the HD the first boot device and there are no other devices attached. I might try removing the DVD rom. Maybe it's causing the hiccup.
02-05-2009 09:12 AM