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new hp 255 won't startup goes to C:\>

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I switth on the laptop and it goes to boot menu with options free DOS AND hp files.  The next step gives 2 options

 

1. Load FreeDOS including HIMEM XMS-memory driver

2. Load FreeDOS without drivers

 

if I select either it goes to C:\>

 

Please help

 

 

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new hp 255 won't startup goes to C:\>

Does it look like this:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeDOS#/media/File:FreeDOS_1.1_screenshot.png

 

Or just jump to the C:\  prompt? 

 

 

 

With DOS I think you have to type a command to make something happen. In the picture the user typed dir after C:\ to get a list of the directories on the hard drive. 

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Hi, I have the same problem as OP, but I don't know what command to use to force the computer to start up or get off the boot menu. Please help!
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new hp 255 won't startup goes to C:\>

So what are you seeing when you power up the computer? Does it get to a C:\> prompt? 

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Yeah, after the stuff OP mentioned
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That's the operating system. Your laptop does not have Windows or any other graphical operating system. 

 

Just type dir after the C:\> prompt, hit enter and it will give you a list of the directories some of which may be programs (executables). I am not sure what is loaded with FreeDOS but I know there is no web browser or any other way to get on the internet. Pretty bare bones. 

 

In order to use the laptop in any way that most of us are failiar with you have to install an operating system with a graphical interface. For most people that is Windows but it costs money. For the brave and/or tech savvy there is Linux which is free. 

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new hp 255 won't startup goes to C:\>

after clicking the power button  , I always have a lot of messages on the screen and it end up this way C:\>

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