Compaq Presario Boot Problem [Solved/Closed]

Dylancribbz 5 Posts Tuesday January 26, 2010Registration date January 28, 2010 Last seen - Jan 26, 2010 at 10:01 PM - Latest reply:  vimal kumar
- Jul 16, 2015 at 01:33 PM
Hey Guyz

I have just got a IDE 80GB HDD for my compaq presario desktop and I have connected it but when I try to boot the computer it says that system boot has failed .....

what do I need to do to fix this thank you....
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Dylancribbz 5 Posts Tuesday January 26, 2010Registration date January 28, 2010 Last seen - Jan 27, 2010 at 08:56 PM
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um mine is windows xp and the boot menu doesnt show up it just comes up with failure to boot operating system....
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My compaq presario c300 gives boot failer error sometimes. It says no bootable device detected. In this case I switch it off and turn it on and press f10 key. It sends me to bios settings, now using errow keys I reach to the hard drive enable option and make it dissabled. Then by pressing f10 again I save the settings using enter key. Now when I restart it, it ask me to start windows normally and then it boots. And hence all the problems of booting drive missing gets solved.
Kmiller4u 9 Posts Wednesday January 27, 2010Registration date February 2, 2010 Last seen - Jan 27, 2010 at 09:42 PM
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You should still be able to access your BIOS by pressing F10 continuously once your turn on the computer. Also, you need to change the booting sequence in your BIOS from hard drive to CD-drive so you can boot the computer from the CD drive where the Windows installer is inserted.
Even with boot priorities set, computer still remains in screen right before startup. even if it gets to the boot menu options it usually looks broken. idk.
Dylancribbz 5 Posts Tuesday January 26, 2010Registration date January 28, 2010 Last seen - Jan 28, 2010 at 01:29 AM
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yup have done this and is working now thanks real much
Kmiller4u 9 Posts Wednesday January 27, 2010Registration date February 2, 2010 Last seen - Jan 27, 2010 at 08:41 PM
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Go to http://h20000.www2.hp.com/... it will show you how to get to your BIOS. Once you are there, just go to the Advanced tab and look for HDD. You should see different options there and one of which should be Compatibility Mode or Non-AHCI Mode. Hope that helps.
xpcman 18841 Posts Wednesday October 8, 2008Registration dateModeratorStatus April 25, 2018 Last seen - Jan 27, 2010 at 11:32 AM
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This new drive - is it a secondary drive? If you have connected a new drive to a cable with an existing drive you will need to change the jumper block to "slave" on the new drive.

Good Luck
My compaq cq62 it comes up as imient problems starting due to a hardware but black screen appears help
Dylancribbz 5 Posts Tuesday January 26, 2010Registration date January 28, 2010 Last seen - Jan 27, 2010 at 08:06 PM
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Um no its just by itself... but I have connected all the cords and ide cables... but I believe it is because I put a IDE hard drive in when the last one was a SATA and it was only a 40GB so would I have to upgrade it?
xpcman 18841 Posts Wednesday October 8, 2008Registration dateModeratorStatus April 25, 2018 Last seen - Jan 27, 2010 at 08:36 PM
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If your Presario is like mine F10 right after you turn on the computer will start in the BIOS screen. You then use the arrow key to move from Main to Boot. You then use the arrow key to select the CD drive then you use the + key to move the CD drive to the top of the list. F10 will then save your changes to the BIOS it will then Boot from the CD drive (where you have put the Windows install CD). Please note that after you have installed Windows you will want to move the 1st boot drive to be the hard drive.

Good Luck
Kmiller4u 9 Posts Wednesday January 27, 2010Registration date February 2, 2010 Last seen - Jan 27, 2010 at 08:19 PM
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Make sure to enable the Compatibility Mode or Non-AHCI Mode on your BIOS to get this to work. Make sure that you also have the original Windows Vista disk in your drive so you can format your new hard drive.
Dylancribbz 5 Posts Tuesday January 26, 2010Registration date January 28, 2010 Last seen - Jan 27, 2010 at 08:23 PM
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hey um what is the BIOS sorry but im new to this stuff and the hard drive is from another computer and the hard drive did come from another computer... could you tell me how to change the BIOS so it will boot from the CD Drive
xpcman 18841 Posts Wednesday October 8, 2008Registration dateModeratorStatus April 25, 2018 Last seen - Jan 27, 2010 at 08:18 PM
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You may need to change the boot order in the BIOS - so that the drive is listed first.
Does the drive show in the BIOS?
I assume you have a copy of windows on this drive. If it came from another computer it may NOT boot correctly on the computer. If you are attempting to install a copy of windows the BIOS will need to be changed to first boot from the CD drive.

Good Luck