- Sep 9, 2003
Recently I added RAM to my 5783 Compaq Presario III, WIN 98 (from 128 to 384, the only max possible). I also had a second hard drive installed (40 gig). The original drive has 12 gig. The speed is 450 mhz. The computer was operating okay for about 2 months, until this week. The computer went into 'sleep mode' and would not start up when I lifted the mouse, so I shut it down by pressing the 'off' button. When I started it up again, the scan window came up, but never actually began the scan. Instead a message flickered across the screen that I had a 'FAT1 error' (that's all I got to read before the screen went black). At that time the computer restarted and it booted to the 'safe-mode' selection window, which I did (safe-mode). This time it took me to a black screen. Every time I tried to type in it would give me a 'Fail, Restart (can't remember the other one) options. When I tried to enter anything, it kept repeating. So, I shut it down, again. To try restarting the computer, I've shut it down (pressing the off button until it shuts down) several times to see if it will restart. No luck. The computer reaches the 'COMPAQ' screen, then all I see is the cursor blinking in the upper left hand side of the screen. When I try 'escape' I get a 'keyboard' beep. The only way to shut it down is to press the 'off' button.