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It is the motherboard or the processor?

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#1 amolari


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Posted 22 October 2008 - 12:38 PM

My computer shot himself down, and at powering up it gave me the HP blue screen with the <Esc=Boot Menu>, <F10=Setup> and <F11=Recovery System>. Hitting esc or F10 would freeze, F11 had no action at all.
Following atdvise, I unplugged the unit, removed the battery for 15 minutes, and restarted the system. The difference was that at shutting time I had to keep the button pressed. After several tries time decreased and now the computer shoots down only touching the start button.
Inserting the recovery dvd does nothing.
Bios seems to be the cause.

So I believe it is time to buy another computer and I am already shopping for it.

But out of curiosity I would like to find out What is wrong, the motherboard, or the processor(s)?

This is an HP Pavilion m8100y with Dual Core E6850 3Ghz and I was relatively happy with it; I bought this unit in february 2008, so it didn't last long. All the computers I had, lasted from 3 to 5 years.

Any help appreciated.

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#2 dc3


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Posted 22 October 2008 - 12:49 PM

Hi Amolari, and welcome to BleepingComputer.

In order to be able boot from the CD you may have to enter the BIOS and make the CD-ROM the first device in the boot order.

Does the computer boot at all now?

If not, and you have the recovery CD try accessing the Recovery Console.

Note: You may need to change the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD-ROM is the first device in the boot order to be able to boot from the Windows installation disk.

To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM, follow these steps:

1. Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.

Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.

2. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

3. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the]Recovery Console.

4. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

5. At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r , and then press ENTER.

6. To exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer, type exit at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 05:03 PM

When you took the battery out for 15 minutes. Did you go back into the BIOS and reset the date and time? That can bugger things up
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#4 hamluis



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Posted 22 October 2008 - 07:24 PM

I would not rule out RAM issues.

Any error messages during all this?


Edited by hamluis, 22 October 2008 - 07:25 PM.

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