I have a pavilion a 1630n. Last summer the hard drive died and had to replace it. I purchased some restore disks from hp and they worked fine. In December, I got a bad virus and decided to wipe out hard drive and use restore disks. Now all i get is they say the pc recovery disks do not support this model. But I used them last summer. I have removed a dvd drive i added. No other changes were made other than the power supply which I did before the first restore. I have pulled the memory and cmos battery. the hard drive was new in the box but a 320 gb rather than a 250 which it came with. need advice as to how I can restore this computer. I am a tech and can do it myself.
Depending on the way "decided to wipe out hard drive" was done, the Recovery partition may still be there. Try the F10 at the BIOS splash screen to see if it is. If that was removed along with the OS, then perhaps a regular WinXP install disk is another choice. All the HP extra items will be gone along with the drivers.
I know the recovery partition is gone. What I don;t get is when I bought the new hard drive, it worked fine. Now I can't do anything. I have tried, removing the cmos, taking out memory and replacing them. Could it be the power supply as I believe I may have had to replace that too. But it was the exact same kind. This just does not make any sense.
That article seems to be for windows 7. I am trying to reinstall the original os which is xp media center. The disks do not respond when i reboot the computer only saying that the disks do not support that computer which is no correct.