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HP omnibook XE3 wont boot


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#1 GA_crazy_shamz

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 04:55 AM

Hey guys,

I have an old school HP OmbiBook XE3 laptop. My dad recently upped the RAM and was reinstalling windows and by mistake he took out the CD in the middle of the installation. Now the computer wont boot up, even using the system recovery CDs. Also when I open the laptop, some weird characters come up (picture attached).

So any ideas as to what I can do to fix this?

Thanks!

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#2 bludgard

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 12:48 PM

Now the computer wont boot up, even using the system recovery CDs. Also when I open the laptop, some weird characters come up (picture attached).


If the laptop will not boot, how does the monitor present the info posted?
What happens when you try to boot from the recovery disk(s)? Any error messages? Blinking cursors? Restarts?

#3 GA_crazy_shamz

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 04:14 PM

Sorry I meant: when i start the computer, with or without the recovery disc, the screenshot i posted comes up.

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 06:01 PM

Here are some facts from page 18 of your machines service manual.

It may also be worth noting that the computer is close to 10 years old. If the hard drive hasn't been replaced, it may be beneficial to do so.
Hope this info in helpful, GA_crazy_shamz.


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Posted 31 October 2011 - 07:06 PM

Sounds like a good idea!

Once you get it to boot off the cd again make sure to delete and recreate the partition in case of file corruption. Then rerun the XP install from scratch to ensure a clean load.

Edited by Eyesee, 31 October 2011 - 07:07 PM.

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