Thanks for the help by the way.
The following is what I have done or found out since like I said I have no idea what the brand name is for the hard drive:
Belarc - works only in windows
Everest - doesn't work from boot/dos per website
Data Advisor - have no idea if it is a fat system, NTFS or HPFS... so I didn't try it
Data Lifeguard - Didn't work after setup (where you can F10 to Bios) it shows HP breifly then goes to blue screen error regarding Registry file Failure / Hive error
Seatools - Didn't work.... like above
Memtest86 - Didn't work.... like above
If I unscrew one of the panels can I find out the brand name? I sort of feel like that doesn't even matter now. Another thing I am willing to try is I have a 2 year old hard drive from my compaq. It should be fine... it was the motherboard that went out on it. (This is listed in a problem on this website under my name) I could put it in this machine and run diagnostics to check the other things on your list.
The only other thought I have is the 2 drives this computer appears to have (from what the hp website says). I am thinking and typing out loud..... but, 1 drive has windows setup on it and the other is c: ????? Do you think that maybe trying to reformat from the computer made disk messed something up??? I figured I was OK from disk that the computer made. I have reformat many computers but never one that had too separate drives rather that a partition.
I do not want to even pretend that I know what to do... I worked in the industry a few years ago and things have changed alot since then. I wasn't an expert outside of my companies software anyway. LOL
Edited by krakow100, 04 December 2008 - 09:54 PM.