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I have an hp pavilion zv6000. When I turn it on the hp screen comes up for a few seconds then a black screen comes up with a flashing cursor at the top left. The computer stays on but doesn't repond to anything. The bios menu works with F10 at the hp screen, I tried to do the hdd self-test but it gets stuck at 10% and won't finish. Any ideas?

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Sounds like your hard drive has become corrupted. Boot to your XP CD, and choose the repair option. At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r. This will try to repair the bad sectors on the drive. If this doesn't work, you may have to replace the drive. You should replace the drive in any case because this is usually the beginning of the end.

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Yep what houston said, sounds like the hd is giving up on ya. So do the suggested and hopefully you ll have the system up and running soon.

Raj

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If there is a black cursor flashing after a ghost image has been done from a defective hard drive do the foloowing.

Copy entire ghosted image drive to another drive.

Formate and install windows xp on new drive on HP laptop.

Remove hard drive.

Place hard drive in external casing.

Copy all files from backup include hidden directories and system file.

Once finished place hard drive back in laptop and all should be okay.

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I agree. I see this alot after ghosting a hard drive. It is due to a bad master boot record. The steps here are best and will work.
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hp pavilion zv6000 no boot
same as discrbed above, screen good, BIOS access ok. no boot to cd, hdd, usb, anything??? please help
ddavismt

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a blinking cursor in the upper left corner is most likely a master boot record issue. if you just Ghosted your drive do the steps by Steco. If it just started this run fixmbr from the recovery console.
you may have to change the boot order in the Bios to boot from a cd or usb device.

Another reason that it may be doing this looking at your reply is that the system can not find any good boot device. to check this boot from a cd. Again you may have to change the boot order to do this. Also just because you can access the bios does not mean you can change the bios. make sure the bios is unlocked so you can.

hp pavilion zv6000 no boot
same as discrbed above, screen good, BIOS access ok. no boot to cd, hdd, usb, anything??? please help
ddavismt

Edited by high heels: n/a

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high heels..
As stated in my original post, neither HHD, CD/DVD ROM Drive, OR USB Drive or Diskette Drive are Bootable....None of them. I have since traced the issue to a possible corrupted BIOS, and found instructions to recover the laptop. However, I don't have a parallel port for "Boot-Block" Jumper and nothing happens when power on with FN+B or Win Key+B, or Win Key+Esc. for use with the Crisis Recovery Diskette. No ghosting has occured.

Edited by ddavismt: n/a

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Understood. Not knowing what level of knowledge you have in computers I had to ask about the changing of the boot order in the bios. Since you have done this and still can not get it to boot. I would say this is not going to be an issue that one can talk you through. Personally I'm not 100% set on the bios being bad though. This is because when a EEPROM goes out or the programming gets messed up you can not access it or when you do the text is all messed up. You never indicated this being the case. Your issue sounds more like a main board issue and replacing / flashing the bios will not help. I'm also not sure if you can flash the bios from a floppy or usb due to the fact you can not boot from a floppy or usb.

Best of luck on this and please let me know what you find out on it.

high heels..
As stated in my original post, neither HHD, CD/DVD ROM Drive, OR USB Drive or Diskette Drive are Bootable....None of them. I have since traced the issue to a possible corrupted BIOS, and found instructions to recover the laptop. However, I don't have a parallel port for "Boot-Block" Jumper and nothing happens when power on with FN+B or Win Key+B, or Win Key+Esc. for use with the Crisis Recovery Diskette. No ghosting has occured.

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