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Failed format, blank screen after post

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  1. ej

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    any hope for this? My pavilion notebook had unrecoverable disk errors so I decided to format and reinstall xp home, 6 hrs later it was stuck at 19%, I shut it down and now it goes to dark gray after the post screen, no cursor, nothing, cd spins up fine but I can't get display, external monitor no good either. Only thing I can get to is the bios :(
     
  2. brite750

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    well not a lappy guy but it sounds like the hdd is dead
     
  3. CrazyComputerMan

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    How do you format using?
     
  4. brite750

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    BTW dont say no display and then say I can get to the bios, what does that mean?, if you can get the bios then you must be able to see the bios on the screen correct?
     
  5. jazz3000

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    Sounds like a Hard Drive to me as well. Computers don't go far unless the HD is good. Jazz
     
  6. ej

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    sorry, i mean the screen goes blank right after the post screen where you have the option to f10, f12, can't get to safe mode either it goes dark gray, almost black, I can make i dim by turning down the brightness too, but no cursor or anything.
     
  7. Elvandil

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    You can't navigate in the BIOS at all?

    Remove any external devices you have connected. Make sure air flow is not obstructed, vents are lint-free (vacuum them), and that the laptop in on a hard surface that allows air flow beneath. see if it feels hot on the bottom.

    After cooling, try to get into BIOS again or boot from XP CD.
     
  8. ej

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    i was doing a reinstall of xp, using the original cd, doing a full format
     
  9. ej

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    yes, it was VERY hot after running 6 hrs trying to format. I have no trouble getting into the bios and changing the boot order, but thats about all i can do. Screen stays dark after post. I will let is sit overnight and try again in the am, thanks
     
  10. brite750

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    like i said if the hdd is gone you will not be able to format, and safe mode involves a working hdd also so that wont work either. Format only works with functioning hardware
     
  11. ej

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    yes, I just tried it again this am, made cdrom 1st boot, got the HP screen then gray, its toast, blah, thanks for your input though!
     
  12. jazz3000

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    Sorry ej... Let us know if a new drive makes things a go better...Jazz
     
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