Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:05 PM
I have a Compaq NX6325 business laptop computer that I got from my place of employment. They were going to recycle it but I saved it from the trash. Apparently it is too old for them to reuse it, it is 5 years old as far as I can tell. It is in very good shape and shows very little wear, whoever it was issued to didn't use it very much or it was in the docking station and they used other input devices. When I recieved it, it had no hard drive. One of the IT guys provided me with the proper hard drive for the computer. Obviously, he had to wipe the hard drive and I would have to install an operating system, which is cool. I have the XP install disk. I placed it in the optical drive and proceeded to load Windows. Everything seemed to be proceeding normally. It loaded a bunch of files, it asked me to choose a partition, which there is only one ©. It then started loading Windows giving me the yellow percentage graph. I left the room for a moment and let it to do its thing and when I came back, the screen said to press any key to continue. That was the only thing on the screen at the time just "press any key to continue". When I pressed any key, it didn't respond. No matter what key I pressed, it didn't do anything. I am not sure how long the computer was sitting there, but it couln't have been more than 5 minutes. So, I restarted the computer by pressing the power button and holding it down to shut it off. When it restarted, it went through the whole loading process again but when it asked about the partition thing, it stated that there was an operating system already installed so I chose to overwrite it, which was offered as an option. It proceeded to load Windows, displaying the yellow progress graph. After it got to 100%, it did it's auto restart, but upon restart, it started the whole loading process again, just like it did in the past. So, at this point, it seems to be looping. I let it go through its thing and choose to abort installation using the options that Windows had given me. This time, before I restarted it, I removed the install disc from the optical drive. Now when I start the computer, all I get is just a blinking cursor in the upper left hand side of the screen and that is all it does. If I put the install disc in the drive, I still get the cursor only. I tried the F9 option which is offered at start up. A blue window comes on the screen offering either "optical drive" or "Hard disk (?)". Not sure about the last one, but it doesnt matter, neither one worked. It will not boot from optical drive or hard drive. I am also offered an F10 "ROM startup". When I chose that option it asks for a password. I did not assign a password and I don't know what it is. Is there a default password?
Am I dead in the water? Is there any hope, I really want to bring this thing back to life.