Posted 31 January 2008 - 08:26 AM
The HP BIOS should let you change the time - every one that I remember seeing had a place to do that. Try locating the BIOS screen with the date and time on it - then try the arrow keys, the tab key, and the spacebar to see if you can navigate to it.
If the hard drive isn't detected, then you won't be able to setup Windows. Does the BIOS indicate that it can see the hard drive? Have you loaded the SATA drivers (or set the SATA/IDE emulation thingie in the BIOS) when the XP setup prompts you to "press F6 to install SCSI or RAID drivers" early on in the setup process?
In most cases, recovery disks for HP's cost about $20 US - and are well worth it because they'll install the drivers also.
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