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#1 Geoff777

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 12:57 PM

Hi all,

I have a HP Pavilion dv8000 laptop running Windows HP home edition.

When l try to start up The Windows logo appears as Normal, then the screen goes to the black screen with " Logon in safe mode, Logon using the last known good installation, logon to Windows, etc..."

if l do nothing the laptop loops continually through startup to black screen .........

I have been into setup and changed the boot up sequence to boot up from CD.

Put in manufacturers CD, tried new installation and repair installation, both times screen message displays hard disk cannot be found.

Have ran diagnostics from setup screen:

primary disk shows error #1 - 7

Secondary disk shows S.M.A.R.T ok

So apparently l have a problem with my Primary hard disk but my Secondary hard disk check ok!

Anyone any ideas how l can get Windows to boot up again as normal please?

I hope i have this in the right forum

Many Thanks
Geoff

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 03:50 PM

Sounds like the boot .ini is messed up
First read the very bottom of this page:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-start-windows-in-safe-mode/

More reading here:
rebuilding the boot.ini file using the bootcfg program.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330184

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291980

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000648.htm
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Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:59 PM

Hi

Thanks for your fast response,

I have made a boot disk on floppy and now have access to a command prompt.

I tried to rename Boot.ini but computer says file not found!!

I am at a loss again, but at least l have a command prompt A:\

i can change the prompt to C:\ type dir and all i have is

Volume in drive C is HP_RECOVERY

RECOVERY <DIR>

0 fiel(s) 0 bytes
1 dir(s) 1,345.48 MB free

Any help would be appreciated
Geoff

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 07:35 PM

With that error on hard disk one, I wouldn't waste any time getting off of it what you want to save
Here are instructions on how to recover
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...;product=500449
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Posted 16 September 2009 - 11:52 PM

Hi

Thanks again for your response.

I have made a set of boot up floppy disks for Win XP, these begin to load but when l get to the Install, Repair or Quit screen, if l choose Install or Repair l get a message Hard drive cannot be found and have to quit the installation.

I have also tried hitting the F11 key on start up, this looked promising the laptop booted up to a blue screen with the mouse pointer available (slightly larger than normal). Lam able to move the pointer around the screen.

There is about 10 seconds hard drive activity (indicated by the hard drive light) then light goes out and nothing seems to happen. I have waited 5 - 10 mins nothing happened so i switched off.

Any other ideas would be most appreciated.

Once again Many thanks
Geoff

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 08:40 AM

Worth a look, see if this applies to your situation: http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2008/0...-your-computer/.

From what I can see, your system has SATA drives.

With SATA drives, there are situations where the SATA drivers must be installed in any boot/XP install CD in order for it to work...because XP does not natively recognize a SATA drive. Some systems get around this by enabling what some call "IDE simulation" in the BIOS, which allows the SATA drive to be "seen" by XP as an IDE drive...some systems don't. The link above addresses situations where a BIOS adjustment can be made on systems that employ IDE simulation.

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 12:02 AM

:thumbsup: Thanks Hamluis

I used Raymond's tips and was able to re install XP a great blog.

Once AGAIN many thanks to all who answered my problem. :flowers:
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Posted 25 September 2009 - 06:02 AM

Feedback appreciated, happy computing :thumbsup:.

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