Posted 14 March 2010 - 01:53 PM
HP Pavillion a200n, Windows XP, Linksys Wireless G USB adapter, ATAPI DVD driver installed one year ago.
In the beginning... computer running slow and acting strangely. Ran McAfee scan, Spybot S&D, Deleted McAfee and downloaded and ran AVG, Spybot S&D, deleted AVG and Spybot, downloaded and ran MS Security Essentials, downloaded and ran Malware Bytes. No change. Deleted temp internet files, cookies, etc. Freed up space on hard drive then defragged hard drive. Deleted unnecessary programs running from StartUp, deleted unwanted programs using Revo Uninstaller. Checked processes running for anything unusual. CPU usage STILL spiking at 90% on desktop with no programs running.
Tried to find the System Restore point that I designated last year but would not show up when I went to System Restore. I want to do a full System Recovery. Got System Recovery instructions off of HP Support site also off of HP manual that came with computer and from "START - HP PC System Recovery". I made 6 recovery CD's right after I purchased the computer. Followed the three sets of instructions very carefully several different times. Inserted disc 1 as instructed, driver light flashes, makes whirring sound and the computer just starts Windows as usual instead of starting Recovery process. I have selected the correct boot device (over and over and over again), drive E:.
I have updated my driver. I have cleaned my discs. I have opened each Recovery disc and am able to view the files on them. Each time my computer will not read the Recovery discs. In the START menu it tells me that "HP System Recovery Partition not found, no software is available for reinstallation". Then "you may continue this process by using HP System Recovery CD's, do you want to continue?" I click yes and it says "Insert hp pc System Recovery CD #1 and click OK to restart computer". Clicked OK and computer started and loaded Windows as usual without starting Recovery process. Drive light flashes, it whirs, does not read drive. I am able to write and record, burn and view files using this DVD driver. It is not the original driver because the old one's lens crapped out. Help. Thanks for reading this long post. Maybe I'm missing something. Ready to smash computer on the concrete floor of my garage.
P.S. Went to HP Support and live chatted with support tech. She kept repeating that my computer was old (five years) and that they had no Recovery CD available. I believe that I was smarter than she was, which aint very smart, and that English was not her first language.