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I am experiencing SERIOUS problems w/ Windows ME on my HP Pavilion XE748. Here’s what happens when I turn the system on…

The blue screen will appear with the HP Invent logo, this goes away and the Windows ME screen appears. The screen will display and a black screen appears. At the top of the screen a message flashes that starts with “Error… and then the computer shuts off.

I can use a Start Up Disk to “boot the system to a screen that gives me the chooses of Normal Mode, Bootlog, Safe Mode, or something else. It does not matter what I select…the computer goes to the black screen and then shuts off.

I was able to do a Scandisk \all \surface. It found a “ton of errors that I selected to “Fix It and the scandisk finally finished. I tired to restart after the scandisk and defrag (surface scan), but the same problem occurs. I tired to do a system restore, it said that it found a setting that was “good, I restarted the system, but the same thing happened.

I tired using my HP Recovery CD to restore/reload the Windows ME. However, when I start the system, it does not recognize that the Recovery CD is in the drive. The drive will flash, but it doesn’t start the Recovery program. I have tired running the Recovery CD from the “prompt but I receive an error message that the program cannot be run in DOS.

I tired everything that I can think of, so much so that I actually burned out my power supply. I just replaced it with a unit that is 300 watts, compared to the 100 watt that came with the HP unit.

*** How can I get my system to “boot or recognize the Recovery CD at start up so I can reload Windows ME? ***

*** I also have Windows XP Upgrade CD that I would love to be able to use. However, how can I do this with the way my system is current operating? ***

I NEED SOME SERIOUS HELP….ANY INFORMATION YOU CAN PROVIDE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!! THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!!!!!!!!

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personally I'd use a boot disk to get a dos prompt, run fdisk, wipe the drive and start again. Assuming you have a normal windows disk as well as the upgrade.

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At the top of the screen a message flashes that starts with “Error…

Can you catch any more of the text of that error before the screen blanks? That could help us narrow things down.

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Hi, I'm not very familiar with my Win-ME,but, on getting errors I have found that restoring the Master boot record Helps,with any serious hang up.

At dos prompt type:

fdisk /mbr

Full command looks like this

C:/fdisk /mbr
Note the space between the end of fdisk and the slash before mbr. That should take a short while >restart the PC. I'm not an expert,but, this does work for me. good Luck.

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From the bootdisk run fdisk if it's ok at the prompt type sys c: and/or copy *.* c: Hopefully this might get you back to normal.

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