I turned on my computer and got a black screen with the message: “Reboot and Select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key”
I had no prior warning or problems with my computer.
I hit F1 for the setup menu and there is no hard drive listed under channel devices on the main Tab! It says [None] for First and Second Channel Device 0 and 1. The CD and DVD drives are listed under Channel Device 0 and 1. For Installed Memory it says “1024 MB/PC2-3200 and Memory Bank 0 and 2 show 512 MB/DDR2 SDRAM.
Under Advanced tab, it lists CPU type as Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz with HT Technology and it lists the CPU Speed and Cache RAM.
If I go to advanced under Boot Device Priority, hard drive group is listed but has parentheses around it. To the right, it says that means the device has been disabled in the corresponding type menu, but I don’t see it anywhere as disabled.
I bought this tower several months ago used and it has no warranty. There was no boot cd with it. I hate that whenever I buy a computer, it already has OEM operating system and I never get a disk. It seems that solutions to many of my problems over the years involve inserting the cd. Is there any way to buy a boot cd or win xp cd without buying the program? As you can tell, I don’t have advanced computer knowledge.
The really scary thing is that I cannot get into safe mode or system recovery. It just goes back to the black screen with the message when I press F8 or F10!
Can anyone help with any suggestions other than buying another hard drive? I am on Social Security and it was a real hardship to buy the last one. It is a HP Pavilion Desktop a1023c with Windows XP Home SP3.
I will probably have to call a tech to come and look at it, but I thought I would try you guys first.
Thanks for any suggestions.