I realise this is possibly not the right room for this, but here goes.
Compaq presario V5000 laptop started giving consistant BSOD on start up, no boot (even safemode possible)
*** STOP 0x000000c2 (0x00000043, 0xDFFE8000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
Ran linux did memory and hard drive check, seems ok. Have got all my data off and trying to recover the computer to a working state, but turns out the Compaq recovery DVDs i made invoke windows XP, this of course brings on the blue screen of im at the end of my tether.
Any suggestions, as I havn't got a scratch startable version of windows (as they don't give away them anymore.)
Thanks in advance.
I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.
I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.
You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)
ok why can you use your restore cd to boot the the laptop with pressing F11 when booting the laptop,then follow the instruction.
i also have problem with mind i can not used it anymore because i have accident i lost my restore cd for compaq presario v5000.
can you please copy and send them via my e-mail,[email protected]
if you done mined.
My Dad's computer wouldn't boot the other day and I used the recovery process that comes with the machine. It said that the data would be preserved via the process but some programs would need to be reinstalled. After running thru the process (it uses a partition on D:, if that helps at all) it removed all the data. I contacted HP and chatted online with a tech and they said it wipes out My Documents! Why the process said it preserved data is a bit of a mystery. The techs had me download a deleted files recovery program and it found 6700+ files, none that looked likes Dad's data. I don't think the data was deleted.
I believe the data is still on the hard drive... here is why-
While it was going thru the recovery process it said it was backing up files.
The hard drive space still shows 24 of 30 GB used. I think that's about what was there before the crash!
The process removes the user profiles and the "Dad-Mom" profile is where the data was stored.
It recovered some photos in the shared documents folder which makes user profiles more curious.
I appreciate the help. I should have been more careful about running this program, but I trusted the "no data loss statement." Live and learn.
Due to being raped by viruses, I went out and bought a new computer. I used my old virus-ridden hard drive in the new computer and cleaned it up with norton anti-virus. I was using it as a back-up drive, but then decided I would like to put it into my old computer and sell it.
So I popped in the recovery disc, selected "full system recovery". Some sort of error happened, so I rebooted, and it said "No OS detected, press 'r' for full system recovery"
So I did, then I keep getting a blue screen saying "Check for viruses. Check HD for proper configuration, Run CHKDSK/F, scan for HD corruption,
Tech info: STOP 0x0000007B (0xF7948640 0xC0000034 0x00000000 0x00000000"
I aslo tried to put it back in my new computer, and now it wont even detect it.
I have the unfortunate condition of owning a Compaq, and having the included PC Tools corrupted. I specifically need the Recover CD Creator executable, probably located at "C:\WINDOWS\SMINST\START.EXE". I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could send this file to me.
Is your restore partition flaked?
I have a Compaq Presario V6000 notebook. It's recently become cluttered and has slowed down. Instead of spending days clearing out unwanted programs, I'm wanting to format the C drive. There's a recovery partition on my notebook, and the Windows XP Media Center product key sticker is located on the bottom of the notebook.
I'm sorry if this is asked anywhere; I just want to be absolutely sure that Windows XP will be reinstalled when I reformat. I've reformatted an old desktop before, and to my horror Windows XP did not reinstall itself.
My husbands computer has trojans, and all kinds of malicious files, I need a reboot disk and the HP website is no help. Is there any other way to get one? Or any other way to get rid of these viruses?
Its a compaq presario v6000 and has windows xp home.
Thanks for any help I can get with this.
I would suggest contacting HP for the discs.
The following is a link to their website, specifically the recovery discs.
For some computer models, the link to order recovery discs is not available on the product page. For those models, you can order HP recovery discs by clicking the Contact HP link at the top-left of this web page and HP Customer Care will assist you. You must have your product number and serial number to order.Click to expand...
Otherwise for help with removing the viruses and such, I would suggest that you request a moderator to move this thread to the Malware removal section.
Have a friend with a really screwed up hard drive; need to reformat C: and do a clean Win XP reinstall. Am not familiar with the way HP sets up their computers with C: and D: partitions, the D: partition being the "recovery" partition. I first thought I could use that to restore the HD to what was there when the computer was purchased in 2005, but it appears that the only items in the recovery partition are the original application programs and drivers -- no Windows OS.
So, my first question is, have I missed/am not seeing that Windows IS on the recovery partition and that running the recovery program will wipe C: clean and reinstall everything INCLUDING Windows XP. . . or will it just reinstall the original applications and drivers, but leave everything else as is?
2nd question: If the recovery partition does not include Windows, will I encounter any problems if I reformat C: to wipe it clean and reinstall XP from a genuine MS Win XP CD, then use the recovery partition to reinstall the original applications and drivers?
3rd question: The original OS was actually Windows Media Center, but this person uses her computer only for e-mail and the Internet, so I see no reason to put WMC back on; Win XP Home should be all she needs. Is that a valid conclusion, or is the hardware set up to expect WMC XP instead of plain ol' XP Home and we will have problems if we install the latter and then load the drivers from the recovery partition?
The best solution to this is to contact Compaq/HP and order new recovery disk set for this model computer they will arrive in the mail and cost less than you can imagine.
HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Obtaining a Recovery CD or DVD set
I have a Compaq Presario SR1930NX, it previously belonged to my brother and when I recieved it it was a virus addled mess. Luckily, or so I thought, it had a recovery partition. The problem was I did not know how to use it.
In my searches I found this forum, and specifically this thread, http://tinyurl.com/26cud9k
Armed with this knowledge I went back to my computer and started it up. I tried both F10 and F11, I can't remember which but one did nothing and the other sent me to the standard BIOS menu that I could reach by hitting Esc. Is there some kind of BIOS update I need to run to fix this? Or am I just hosed and have to shell out money to try and get a recovery disc?
Compaq says to press the F10 key repeatedly immediately following the POST flash screen.
Just after the first screen appears (the logo screen), press the F10 key repeatedly until a recovery menu appears.Click to expand...
Try that. If it fails, try several more times in case timing is critical. Tapping the F10 key at a fairly fast rate usually works.
ok my laptop was wiped and i cant find my recovery disc i try'd to go to the compaq website to order or download a new one but i've try'd 3 times over the last couple of weeks and when ever i get to the page to choose my model it says oops sorry page not aval at this time. Does anyone know where else i can get one its for an xp pro version i would preffer it if i could down load it
You will not be able to download one, as it has Windows on it and will be by CD only.
Are you sure that yor PC does not have a hidden partition on the hard drive with the recovery files already on it?
Most recent models do, and there is usually a program or keystroke combination to invoke the restoration.
Hello,I am repairing a Compaq Presario V4000 for a friend and i need to reinstall windows xp but i have no recovery disks.i tried to search on the hp support but its a retired product.Can someone help me? -blinkie123
blinkie123 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!Sorry, but HP no longer carries recovery media for PCs prior to Windows 7. Since HP no longer provides Recovery Media for your model, a couple of other sites you should check are: http://www.computersurgeons.com/ and http://www.restoredisks.com/Good LuckRead other 2 answers
The ownership of the above machine has been transferred to me.I wish to revert the laptop to the factory settings.The recovery options are not accessible. Not by uising the recovery manager accessed through the Windows interface, via the F11 options or through the startup screen.Windows 7 home premium came presistalled.Is there a means of obtaining the installation discs?The hard drive was replaced by the previous owner. Thank you for any help.
HP no longer has any Windows 7 based recovery disks for consumer laptops. There is a 3rd party market for recovery disks. http://computersurgeons.com/p-19931-windows-7-premium-64b-recovery-kit-599363-001-for-compaq-presari... That is not precisely your model but is AMD so the motherboard is the same as yours and would work. If you are a little more adventurous and tight-fisted, we can walk you through a "clean" recovery using an OEM Windows 7 install disk and the drivers found on this site. If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.Read other 1 answers
I wonder if anyone can help me. I have a Compaq pressario SR1629UK, there was a huge problem and I need to do a destructive recovery however they PC came with no disks. I have tried an F10 recovery but even tho I repeatedly press F10 the pc starts as normal. Is there any other way I can do a recovery or access the recovery with out disks?
Hello ladyrazzor, welcome to Bleeping Computer.
Try this instead:
Go to your Start menu.
Under Programs or All Programs, look for PC Help and Tools. (or something similar)
Under Help and Tools, if you see it, click on Compaq System Recovery.
You will be asked if you really want to start system recovery, click Yes.
If asked to reboot, do so.
I've never used this method to do a recovery on my Compaq-the only thing I know is the option is there under the Start Menu.
If that doesn't work, you can try something else. Also in Help and Tools, you may see an option to make recovery disks.
You'll need a bunch of blank cd's to do this, then you can use them to do your recovery.
Good luck, let us know what happens.
hey guys,i have a compaq presario 7470 that was running xp,i had a total system crash and all menu options on loadup lead to nothing,i called compaq and they told me they dont supply discs anymore,does any1 know where i can find a disc either for download or purchase?any help would be appreciated,thanks!
Can I manually start the recovery drive somehow? My windows on my Presario got all messed up somehow and I went to press F10 to do a "Destructive Recovery" and reinstall everything and the ntlrd or something like that is missing. I put in a DOS disk to explore the recovery partition to see if there was a way to activate it manually. I couldn't find a file a file that would help me out.
Can I start my Compaq/HP recovery partition manually? It is definatly in tact with all its files.
Hi, I just got a hand me down Compaq Presario laptop model V2321US with Windows XP Pro. Can someone help me to erase everything that was added to the computer prior to the previous owner's use? Unfortunately, I do not have the Origional system disk but the computer seems to be working perfectly.
Thanks for any help and advice.
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I own a Compaq Presario 6320 and had it had a bad "crash". I can only boot up in safty mode. I need a recovery/reboot disc. Please help, help, HELP!!! I lost the disc provided by HP/Compaq and have had little success finding one. It's about a 4+ year old computer, but I really want to fix it rather than trash it. Can anyone help?
Welcome to the Compaq Storefront
OS is Windows Vista Home Basic.When I try to set a recovery point it tells me that I need to remove data from the D: drive to make space. The system is set up to overwrite previous restore points but it doesn't work at all so I can't get it to record new restore points.Anyone out there who can offer me advice on how to fix the system???I accept that I am a newbie and that I may have screwed it up but would be very grateful to anyone who can sort me out. (Moderator edit: moved topic to more appropriate forum. jgweed)
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This is a very common question for which I couldn'g find a specific answer after searching the forum. Please excuse for a redundant question. I have necessary system recovery disk to perform destructive recovery of my PC. The main reason for the recovery is my suspicion that my PC is cluuterred with junk from my past years of PC use. I am having a C:\windows directory almost 3.8G which i feel is too high? Also the C:Windows\system32 files are approx 1 G. I have done disk defragment cleaned up using disk clean and cleaned my Temp folders. Now i have decided to do a system recovery to solve this issue. My question is should i remove my PCI cards that I installed for eg. IEEE 1394 firewire card and additional RAM and hard drivethat I added as regular upgrades to my machine. Will leaving this in my machine during recovery crash or cause undesirable effects to my computer. My other question is if a high disk usage to the ture of 3.8 in my C:\WINDOWs directory a normal for XP home edition. Many thanks for your kind review and response.
I would remove any PCI cards which you added ( i.e they were not in the machine originally, so will not be involved in the Restore)
Reinstall them after the Restore
You can leave the hard drive, as long as it is not external.
Just make sure to restore to the correct Drive (check the drive letter)
You can leave the RAM
Disconnect all peripherals such as printer etc.
For XP Pro, my Windows directory is 3GB
My System32 folder is 1GB
I should add that I recently reinstalled XP, so these figures will be higher for a system which has been running longer.
Hello everyone, I have rare monoblock PC: Compaq 4402, I want to restore it completely. But I can't find any factory restore images, there was so many specific software: remote controll, phone center, home base center, customized OS etc. Maybe I can get HDD factory image or some restore CD's? Please, help! =(
Welcome to the forum! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news-but HP doesn't maintain a supply of Restore Discs for older machines.Right now mainly Windows 7 and Windows 8 discs are available. You might be able to find them on some third party sites,such as: http://www.computersurgeons.com/SearchProducts.aspx?sbt=Compaq%204402&bkm=Results#ResultsRead other 3 answers
Greetings! I just crush my BIOS. I tried with holding winkey+ B to recover the BIOS from the HDD - no effect. I`m seeing only a black screen and the CAPsLock LED is blinking twice - BIOS problem. Is it possible to recieve files for USB restoration? I tried to configure usb drive without any success.Pls, HELP!Read other answers
Here`s my question.
Is it possible to recover or view files that were not backed up at all before or during the factory recovery?
I`m not talking factory restore, Im talking factory recovery.
My D drive is the factory image partition.
I recently did a factory recovery which apparently completely wipes all memory that was not backed up and restores the computer to its original factory shipped condition.
The harddrive, before the recovery, had some personal information, bank info and whatnot, that was deleted, however, my computer is gonna be sold soon and knowing that people can recover deleted files even after having deleted them, I decided to use factory recovery as well to insure the safety of my info.
I am, now, just confirming that the files are indeed safe.Is there any way to recover them, even after the recovery?
Im running on a Compaq presario vista 32
There are many different standards when it comes to clearing and sanitizing hard drives. Some are satisfied with writing zeroes over each byte - 1 pass. Others want 35 passes with variable characters written.
Is it possible that someone could obtain your personal info from the hard drive? Yes. Is it probable... probably not. There is never a guarantee - especially with unknown future technological advancements.
If you want complete peace of mind on this subject - replace the hard drive. For near-complete peace of mind - wipe the entire HDD with KillDisk then re-install Vista.
KillDisk - http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm
Make bootable KillDisk ISO CD w/ ImgBurn -
ImgBurn - http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download
Regards. . .
I was wondering how to create a reformat disk for a compaq presario SR2013WM. model # "RE468AA"
Last year a tech came out to bring me another harddrive. !
He said that i need to make a "format disk"
we had the option to use 26 "c.d.'s" or 2 "dvd-r"
he made the system recovery disk in front of my eyes.
does anyone know how to go thru the step's and make one ?
if so please list all i need to know ,
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Title explains it all I left my laptop on the coffee table,went outside to smoke and,when I came back in,the machine was just....."dead" Lots of stuff on there,I'd like to recover.What are my options ? The machine will not even bootRead other answers
Got the infamous "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" on my mom's compaq presario desktop sr1900nx. It appears on a black screen after the red/white compaq screen. It takes about 30 seconds for the error to appear. There is a blinking underscore the line below it. I have done several hours of searching and have tried several things to get to at least to the system recovery area, but I can not even do that. When I cut power to it and try at least starting the boot process, I do get the COMPAQ red/white screen with 3 options on it. ESC to enter boot menu, F1 for setup, F10 for system recovery. The ESC & F1 work, but that's about it. I can not access the system recovery. It does NOT have a floppy drive, nor did the PC come with any recovery disks and of course I do not have any. I am just looking at this point to recover some pictures/documents from it...then as far as I am concerned it is trash. It was running windows XP. Is this even possible without spending a ton of cash on recovery cd's or for file recovery? I have also tried F8, Pause/Break and have hunted the setup/boot menu for anything that could help - and found nothing.
Hi Luchipboo, and welcome to BleepingComputer.
That Compaq has a recovery partition, this is why it didn't come with the discs. If you have the user's manual it should explain how to use it.
If you wish to backup the files that are on there first, you can alway install that hdd in another desktop as a slave drive. This will required setting the jumper on the rear of the drive in the slave position, and connect to the IDE data connector in the middle location. You should be able to access your files from there.
A friend of mine brought me her Compaq Presario S5140WM Desktop PC for help installing a new graphics card. What I found was that her computer was soo infected with viruses and spyware that some of the files needed to install the new drivers was corrupted and the hardware driver install failed. I ran an online virus scan from Trend Micro (Housecalls) and used Spybot S&D and Ad-aware SE to clean up what I could. After all that, I ran another online scan using Panda Active Scan and the results of that scan showed that she still had spyware and a number of Trojans which Housecalls was not detecting. I recommend that she back up all critical files and run the HP recovery program which was located on it's own partition on her HDD. It seems that she must have encountered some sort of a problem with the recovery because Windows now reports that she has less than 100MB of HDD space available on an 80 gig HDD.
She really doesn't want to go through the process of running the recovery again. Is there a way of correcting this by other means? Before she ran the System Recovery, she had approximately 41 gigs free on the HDD. From what she is telling me, it sounds like Windows created a complete system backup that was not deleted once System Recovery was completed.
What do you think.
I would run the recovery again, and pay special attention for option to format the drive before installing windows.
HP (I believe) calls it a destructive install - as it wipes the partition removing all data from it.
Hi Guyz, I have a problem with my laptop because it runs slow always. I think, I got a virus. Can someone please help me. I'm new to this, I don't know how to reformat my laptop. Please help me...
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Hi, My Computer a Compaq Presario SR1810NX with Windows XP Home Edition SP2 is having an issue with it wont get past the Compaq Logo Screen, like, I press the power button the PC powers on, Fan Speeds up and then slows down as normal, keyboard lights flash as normal and the Compaq Logo along with the v3.48 and ESC = Boot Menu options appear on screen, the things is that it wont get past this screen, it just sits there at the Compaq screen, the keyboard and mouse dont seem to be interacting with the PC since I press ESC or F10 for boot mode or system recovery but the PC wont answer at all, I've already Disconnected power source unplugged mouse, keyboard all but PC is doing the same thing just sitting at the Compaq Logo Screen, the computer doesnt make any sound at all no beeps or anything, it wont let me access Windows at any time, recent installations well could be that I just installed a Mobile Bandwidth Card just a couple of weeks ago, and also just a few days ago I connected my iPod Shuffle 2nd Gen to the computer and the computer wont recognize it at all, not even charging, I know this might be a virus or malicious software, but my computer has barely connected to the internet in the last weeks (I couldn't pay the Internet and I had to use my friend's Mobile Bandwidth Card I mentioned before) all I did while in Internet with the Mobile Bandwidth was some schoolwork and youtube videos, I need help urgently with this since I have to deliver a very important proyect for scho... Read more
Try a power drain.
1. Unplug power cord
2. Hold power button in for 60 seconds or more then let go
3. Plug in power cord
4. turn on the power and try to boot to setup (BIOS)
If it enters the BIOS then you should be able to just press F5 to reset to defaults and then F10 to save and exit. The PC should work now.
However, if after the power drain you still can not get in the BIOS than there is a MAJOR problem which would require some type of repair.
i dont know anything about computers so i will need a detailed explanation and i need to know how to fix it!! it just stays on the compaq screen
Before the problem started was anything added to or installed on the system?
Try booting to Last Known Good or Safe Mode.
Restart the computer during the boot process repeatedly tap "F8" you should get
the Advanced Options.
Let us know if able to get the system to boot with either option.
Cant find the neccessary drivers for the internet have been here
None of the drivers for ethernet or my wireless card work ???
This is a friends latop they had a virus so i reformatted and now no internet via wirless or wired
any help appreciated.
The virus was a virut file infecter virus so i was afraid to save any of the drivers for fear of reinfection.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 220.127.116.11
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2330 @ 1.60GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1525 Mb
Graphics Card: Standard VGA Graphics Adapter, 5 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 102547 MB, Free - 89975 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 30D9, 83.21, CND80437PP
If any more info is needed let me know!!!
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I'm running Windows XP SP3 with everything up to date as far as I know. I have the complete set of my PC's OEM Disks that I've used once when my OS was completely messed up, had Geeks Rescue out and they couldn't figure out what was wrong, so I know what they are for.
What I'm not understanding are the several tools I'm afraid to open listed in my "Start"/"All Programs" I have both "Compaq"/"Compaq Presario PC Tools" with "Compaq Application Recovery"/"Compaq Recovery CD-DVD Creator"/"Compaq Recovery Tools CD"/"Compaq Support Information"/"Compaq System Recovery"/"Remote Assistance"/"Safety and Comfort Guide"
Then below that entry there's another that says, "PC Recovery Tools" that has the "Compaq Application Recovery"/"Compaq Recovery CD-DVD Creator"/"Compaq Recovery Tools CD"/ and /"Compaq System Recovery" which I'm assuming are the same as the same four listed above.
I know what the "Compaq Recovery CD-DVD Creator" is supposed to do but like so many other folks I've read about I couldn't get mine to burn all of the disks successfully so I got them from HP/Compaq after a lot of run around and misery.
My problem is that I inadvertently uninstalled my Omnipass program file a while back and perhaps a couple of other needed files and drivers but I'm no... Read more
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ok I hace a compaq that is all messed up. lets see one day the monitor would not work after a storm. Bought another, For a while the screen would be blue but change back to normal. The pc also would have a hard time starting up after it was in idle. We would do a hard start and for a while that worked. Now when I try to start it it turns on but the monitor says no vga/dvi input. There is also none of the preverable beeps that are supposed to be there so in short (well long)the motherboard is fried? So do I use it as a planter in the yard or is there a way to get it up and running. It runs on XP media center it has a micro ATX form factor motherboard it is also an AMD 64 Anthlon. ram is 256 mb 1Rx16 pc 4200 ddr2 533 mhz. With all that said can I just replace the motherboard and reinstall the reinstallation disks and be up and running? ( if it could only be so easy) What about the cpu. i know many questions here thanks for patients. Please help me. Tina
does your system have agp or pciex (or even pci) slot free? Is the graphics on board? It sounds like a graphics card problem, even if it is onboard. I'd try a replacement card (even if it's just a pci card) and see what happens...
I friend of mine purchased this Presario in 2004. She hasn't had internet since about 2006, so she hasn't had any of the updates since then. I brought her tower home with me since I have internet to load her updates. We're trying to get it internet ready. When I brought it home last week nothing would open. So yesterday she gave me the system recovery disc. I started with the Standard Recovery, but there were too many files that it couldn't recover. So I then decided to do a full recovery. After the full recovery it was rebooting and it told me that not all the system could reload and I couldn't hit okaybecause it wouldn't read / acknowledge my mouse. So, I unhooked her computer and rehooked mine to see what her alternatives were. I found a website, they wanted to know all the things it wouldn't oload. All I can remember is that it was things that could me downloaded later like: Norton, AOL, Adobe, MSN, and QuickTime.
So, I unhoked mine and rehooked her's up (and booted up my laptop). When her's came back up it's saying: NTLDR is missing Pres Control + Alt +Delete to Restart
My question for you is there anyway I can save her conputer? She doesn't have a lot of funds, being a singe mother of a 7 yr old and I'm just a good friend trying to help her out.
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide
I decided to see what happened when I ctrl alt delete and then decided to do another recovery. Here's some more info (could not recover errors):
1. C:\WINDOWS\Help\SB\Training\WXPPer\Content\Wave\[email protected]
9. (Black screen instead of error message)
then all of after about 20% a big blue screen with following:
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. IF this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check to make sure new hardware or software is properly installed.
If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows updates you might need.
If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use safe mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced startup... Read more
sir, can u help me, i can't fint my driver for compaq presario v3760TU
previously, i used vista home basic but i convert to window seven.. but i can't find my driver in hp/compaq driver web.. plzz help me..
-sory for my english so bad..
Were you at this Hp/Compaq download page ?
Software & Driver Downloads Compaq Presario V3760TU Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)&
I have purchased a Compaq Presario 600 with an Athlon XP 2200+ processor. I do not have a copy of Windows XP to wipe it with. Is there any way with the installed XP that I can refresh this system and remove data frome previous owners? Or Can I load Win 98?
Compaqs usually have a hidden partition with all the factory loaded software on it in an image format. As long as it does and you can figure out how to access it you could probable do that - but you almost likely need the XP Product key and may need to reactivate XP after the recovery. XP can only be install on one machine at a time - so if they are still using it you are out of luck.
Watch the boot up for any recovery messages or take a trip to www.Compaq.com and look up the info for your make/model.
I have a compaq presario. I have 2Gig memory. I changed services from ATT to comcast internet. now my pc needs to be wiped clean and set up again but when I got the computer I did not get the discs. how can I do this without discs> it wont open up the internet even though I am connected.
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How do you access the Bios on a Compac Presario 4110. I keep getting the message 162 Sytems Options not set. 163 Time and Date not set. Having visited Compac they were not a lot of help. Downloading the software recommeded by them was a waste of time, still got the above message. Tried all the usual keystrokes etc no good. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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My Father in Law has a Compaq Presario 5900T. His Hard drive crashed and I put a new 160G drive in it. When I try to restore the computer with the original Compaq restoration CD's it keeps rebooting without ever formatting, partitioning or anything else.
Can someone help? My FIL is bound and determined to continue using this machine. I believe he is afraid of change.
you need the old hard drive
the quick restore disks that come with compaq computers only work with certainpartition and hard drive sizes
to get the 160 gb hard drive to work, you will have to reformat the old hard drive and install everything on it
then copy the drive c partition over to the 160gb hard drive then use a partition program to increase the drive c to 160 gb