I picked up a hp pavilion 360n desktop about 5 years old.
It was running very poorley,couldn't quite make it to the desktop. Was running XP. Went into bois and everything checked out. I don't have the original restore discs which came with this system new. Tried to install my OS, win xp pro. Loaded all files fine but when I went to format the HD a message came up: A problem has been detected $ Windows has been shut down to prevent damage. Check avaliable disc space. Check hardware vendor for bios updates. disable bus memory options such as caching or shadowing. Tech info stop; oxoooo8e..... mor letters and numbers.
I formated the HD on my computer, tried again this time I skipped the format process. Loaded files fine but when I pressed enter to install windows I got the same message. Tried a different HD, same thing.
Is it possible I need the original restore disc. Could all the OEM HP parts be coded in some way to reject any but their disc. Reset cmos no go.
AMD 1900, 512 pc 133, 80 gig HG, HP writer and dvdrom. av7-vm
Anyone have ideas?