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04-05-2012 10:36 PM
I have a HP Mini 210-1091NR
Windows 7 Starter is not booting so if i press ESC when starting up it takes me to the startup menu where is give me a list of choices.
F1 System info
F2 Ststem diagnostics
F9 Boot device options
F10 BIOS setup
F11 System recovery
so when i press F11 all it give me is a black screen with an white underscore ( _ ) blinking.
HELP how do i restore my computer?? I have no other backups or a cd rom drive.
04-07-2012 11:43 AM
Try F10. Use Diagnostics to test your hard drive.
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04-07-2012 10:24 PM
i used this to put windows onto a use thumb drive
and download windows 7 32bit in a iso file
then boot from usb
BUT be warned i did this and everything is great but can detect and wifi sources
05-11-2012 10:17 AM - edited 05-11-2012 10:25 AM
Well you aren't the only one this has happened to. If your Master Boot Record is trashed then you will not boot to Windows 7 or F11 recovery. HP does not provide a boot recovery disk. If you did not make a recovery DVD then you must order a reinstall set of disks from HP. If you have critical data which you need HP solution will only reformat the disk and restore to factory condition. Isn't that sweet. Well this was my situation and here is what I did to at least get my data files. My system would go through the BIOS then Blue screen with STOP 7B followed by a blank screen blinking cursor in upper left corner.
1) Run diagnostics and check the HD and memory
2) search the internet for a turrent Windows 7 recovery. Download and make a bootable disk from the ISO image file (must be a DVD- disk)
3) Boot using the recovery image DVD
3a) open a command prompt and run BOOTREC /FixMbr
Now see if you can F11 to the recovery partition.
3b) one of the options is to backup your data, backup your data files now!
4) Next open a command prompt in recovery manager and run SFC /SCANNOW
If this doesn't not find the problem then you have to proceed to the next step.
5) Now here is the rub. Now that you have a backup, rebuild the system using your recovery partition. Oh yes this takes a while.
6) After rebuild insert the backup disks and use the application on the disk to restore the data. It will create a folder on the system and restore the users folders under it. You must copy the sub-folders to the original locations. Note this can only get your data back, you must reinstall all your applications. Isn't that lovely.
Manufacturers like HP and Dell drop the ball on doing anything but telling you can only rebuild the system by reformatting the drive and reinstall the OS to factory condition. I hope my solution eases the pain and helps given the research I had to do.