Will not boot up properly
My Compaq mini 110 wont boot up it continuously says "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"
i have no clue how to fix it plz help
Dylan, I would start off with the BIOS. The 110 has a setup utility that
"reports information about the device and provides settings for startup, security, and other preferences.To start the Setup Utility:
"Open the Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the device, and then pressing f10 while the “F10
= BIOS Setup Options” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen." once in the menu, go to option 2. Select the Main menu. System information such as the system time and date, and identification about the device is displayed. See if your hard drive shows up. You can also go to the diagnostics menu and run the hard disk self test. To exit the Setup Utility without changing any settings, use the arrow keys to select Exit > Exit.
Should your Hard disk not show up in your setup utility, it is most likely that you have a malfunctioning drive. The problem with this will be that your restore partitions are on the same drive, thus replacing the drive will leave you without an Operating system. Should your computer setup utility show your hard drive and the diagnostic test confirms this, you could try and restore your OS. Your computer should have come with Operating System and Driver Recovery discs. You can use the discs to recover your operating system and programs installed at the factory.
Anyhow, this and other information is available in the Maintenance and Service guide for your computer. Download it from here.
Furthermore, you could try and boot from a bootable USB drive. I'd try a Linux version like Puppy Linux on a USB drive. See what information is accessible on your Hard drive, if any. Hope this helps to at least get you started.
It sounds like a bad OS or failing hard drive to me. See if you can boot into the recover partition to test if it’s there by pressing ESC at startup - or even if the drive still works. Another way to do it is to try booting into a Linux distro and checking if the drive registers. If neither works, the drive has failed. Refer to this guide to to change the hard drive.
This netbook uses Win7 Starter (32-bit only), so you will need to modify a 32-bit Windows ISO by removing ei.cfg and seeing if you can install Starter, or find a OEM recovery DVD set to recover it back to factory condition. Refer to this link to grab the files required, but the OS file will need to be sourced elsewhere if the link is hosting the old Digital River files - which were removed when Microsoft dropped them and do their own hosting, hiding them behind a product key prompt.
If you have a XP version of this netbook, then you will need a standard XP install CD or can install Linux. This is much easier to find a copy of online. Howrver, if you use Linux you need a lightweight distro since the netbooks were never powerful enough to handle a heavier distros. Write this to a USB drive if at all possible, but you can use a DVD and an external drive if you want - any good DVD drive will work.
In this case it would be best to perform a system restore.
There are two ways to perform system restore:
Open start menu click run and then type cmd to open command prompt.
Type CD.. to make c:\ only.
Type CD windows then CD System32 and then restore.
After once you find yourself in c:\ windows\system32\restore>
Then type restrui.exe press enter.
Once the system restore window open then click next to select any available restore point.
This process shall take couple of minutes to perform restore and please make sure that once this process started it wont be reversible and neither you will lose any personal data.
Other way to perform system restore is to open safe mode by clicking F8 on start-up and check safe mode option then further a dialogue box will open to ask for system restore and then follow the above steps. Thanks
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