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04-21-2017 08:31 AM
Windows not opening because boot device isn't found & there's a checksum error too. Need to install a new OS - which is compatible with the Pavillion dv5? How can I backup the files since Windows isn't loading? The requisite answers will be duly appreciated.
04-21-2017 08:41 AM
Well backing up and installing a new OS depends on the integrity of the existing hardware, primarily the hard drive. Can you enter the BIOS by tapping F10 as you power up and look for the hard drive self-test? Please run it and report back. Need the full model number to check hardware. It may run Windows 10 but some optional video hardware may make it more adviseable to install Windows 7.
04-21-2017 08:47 AM
Have you tried setting Bios to default settings to see if the checksum error disappears.
Often when boot device is not found it could mean that the hard drive has failed or the boot record has been corrupted. If the hard drive has failed it could be difficult to recover any files easily.
To recover files you could try attaching the hard drive to a different computer, internally to desktop with sata cable or through usb hub to another notebook. You could also boot the computer, which isn't working, with live linux CD and transfer files to external drive. (if hard drive is good)
You could also try running HP diagnostics on the drive at startup from Bios.
You did not provide exact model of your PC, so I do not know exact specs to advise a OS. How much RAM? The CPU?
Let me know,
04-21-2017 12:01 PM
Notebook model: HP Pavilion dv5 Notebook PC
Processortype: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5800 @ 2.00GHz
Total memory: 3072MB
Serial number: CNF8404BBv
Factory installed Os: Vista
System board ID: 3603
Product number: FZ505EA#ACQ
InsydeH@) version: F.0C