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HP Vectra VA 6/200 Pentium Pro - blinking cursor no boot

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by aqg6, Dec 16, 2019.

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  1. aqg6

    aqg6 Thread Starter

    May 10, 2018
    Hello everyone,

    I was not quite sure where to look for help for old hardware, but every time I needed your help you never failed with your generosity, so these forums looked like a good place to start.

    Basically I received an HP Vectra VA 6/200 Pentium Pro which belonged to my grandfather, with no hard drive.

    I would like to install Windows 95 in it, but I ran into a few problems. I installed a new 8.4GB hard drive, and I tried to install W95 through the CD-Rom support from Windows 98 CD. But everytime I selected "Boot from CD-Rom" it never got through to the next page that would allow me to choose the CD-Rom support option.

    Everytime I get to that, it shows a black screen with a blinking cursor on the top left. In order to try a workaround to this, I put this hard drive on a Pentium III I have, and I installed Win95 in it with the method I described. But when I retried the now W95 hard drive on the Vectra, the same problem happened, I even installed the serial bus and cd-rom drivers for this model while the disk was in the Pentium III.

    Even though the BIOS recognises the hard disk and its correct size as it always did, as well as the CD-Rom (which came with the pc from stock), every time I try to boot either from the Hard Drive or from CD-Rom I always get the same single beep, with the never ending blinking cursor - without any display of an error message.

    Could you please help me salvaging this PC? It would mean a lot. Thank you so much for your time and attention.

    Best regards,
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