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#1 tcdlang

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 12:23 PM

a friend gave me his laptop. when i start it the hp invent logo comes up and then it goes to the screen where you can start it in safe mode, normal....etc. i have tried all these options and have even hit f10 and tried all those options. i have also tried booting with the xp disc and that does not work either, just seems like it is not even reading the disc. nothing is working. is the computer shot or is it fixable.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 02:37 PM

Hello, and Welcome

 

Press F8 and select "Disable Automatic Restart on System Error" Does it throw a blue screen stop code"?

 

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ss/disable-auto-restart-vista_2.htm



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 03:55 PM

that is not an option i have when i hit f8.



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 04:31 PM

If I can remember correctly, this option was available on on a service pack of XP but I can remember which one.

According to HP, this computer does not have a Recovery Partition for a factory reset. The computer only has 256MB of ram and a 30GB hard drive. Do you need anything data off the hard drive?



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 04:36 PM

no, like i said it was just given to me. is there anyway to reformat and make it usable?



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 04:43 PM

Well, XP is no longer supported and a security risk. You can disable autorestart on system error by doing an offline registry edit. Then see what kind of error is being thrown out.

 

Or you can download and install a small linux distro instead of using XP.

 

Which option would you like?
 



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 04:45 PM

whichever is easiest, i am no computer whiz



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 04:58 PM

Well, for this computer I would recommend Puppy linux. Download version 5.7.1 non PAE. It runs in RAM and it will give you an idea of how it works. When shutting down it gives the option to save your work to the hard drive. But first, just play around with it and see if it meets your needs. You will have to burn the iso file to make it bootable. You can do this on Windows 7 by double clicking the iso file. If you are burning the iso on XP you can use Isoburner.

 

If you decide you keep it, you should update it's OpenSSL. You can also reformat the drive with Puppy but I would not do that until you are sure you want to keep it.



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:00 PM

thank you



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:01 PM

Post back on how you like Puppy. I think you will be suprised.



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:02 PM

ok, im not sure where double click the iso file. sorry



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:05 PM

Are you on a Windows 7 computer? If so, after you download the iso file, double click it with a DVD or CD in your optical drive. It should burn the iso file or it will ask you what program you would like to use.

 

Edit: Or you can right click and select Burn Disk Image in the context menu.

 

http://www.wikihow.com/Burn-an-ISO-File-on-Windows-7


Edited by JohnC_21, 10 July 2014 - 05:08 PM.


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:06 PM

where do i find the iso file. and yes, windows 7



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:11 PM

Sorry, I linked to it wrong in my post; Here it is.

 

http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/puppy-slacko-5.7/slacko-5.7-NO-pae.iso



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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:14 PM

thank you, i will give it a try. i will put it on a usb, and hope that works since it wouldnt boot off of a disc






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