Well, it does, but doesnt load the operative system. Let me give you the specs and the details:
model: compaq mini cq10-400
CPU: Intel Atom N450 1.66 GHz
Ram memory: 1 GB
Operative system: Windows Xp home edition, but it's irrelevant, i want to format it.
The issue is the following, the computer turns on, shows the POST and then starts the boot procedures. It detects the hard drive, Windows starts loading, and then freezes at some point while is still loading. I do not see how it finishes booting.
Without doing any diagnostic, I foolisly assumed that the OS was faulty, so I grabbed the windows 7 install USB i made myself a few months ago and tried to format it. It booted properly from the usb, i could choose the language and get to the advanced installation part where i could choose what to do with the hard drive. As soon as I tried to format the disk, the computer froze. I would like to tell also, that when i say that the comuter froze, it doesnt mean that it crashed, it doesnt show me an error message or BSOD, or anything. It just stays there, completely inresponsive to anything. I'm not able to move the mose, not even the Caps lock work.
Suspecting myself something serious, i made on the spot two bootable USB drives, one with Hiren's boot CD and one with an ubuntu live CD. The mini windows XP fro hiren's does the same that the windows on the hard drive. Starts loading and freezes on the middle. With ubuntu it freezes before the screen can show me anything. I already suspected the RAM being faulty, so i already did a memcheck, which showed no errors. I'm currently analyzing the hard drive surface on a carry disk conneted to my own personal computer.
As an extra information, i would like to add that the BIOS becomes a bit unresponsive when i have a Flash drive connected to the USB. IS it possible that the BIOS is faulty and that is preventing me to boot a proper OS?