Laptop won't load OS

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Mar 1, 2010
Hi, I really need some help! I'm not a pro (although I'd like to trade my master's degree in psych for a good IT certification) but I can keep everyone's computers running and upgraded, til now. I can't find help for this specific problem and its driving me crazy.

My niece, who loves to download crap and doesn't heed my advice, gave me her dead HP Pavilion dv6000. After researching the problems and ordering & trying HP VISTA recovery disks, I did the following, in order...

1. Replaced the HD with a new one.
2. Used a Vista ISO disk I created and tested on a different machine (I have key).
It booted and started loading, then froze at the "loading files" stage.
3. I put the unit away for several months and started again, repeating #2 with following result:
"Copying files...0%". Hours later, "Windows could not format a partition on disk 0.."
Error code 0x80070057. Tried partition 1, same result.
4. Ran the HD and RAM tests from the BIOS and they passed.
5. Ran Memtest and it froze after about 20 hours at 84% with no errors at that point.
6. Tested without each RAM stick.
7. Tried booting from UBCD disk and it would only start with a black screen with blinking curser or a splash screen but no response to F10 or anything else.
8. Tried Hiren's Boot Disk
9. Tried Ubuntu Live
10. Tried a borrowed Win 7 disk w/multi-use license

Now, it won't go beyond the spash screen, except into Set-up but nothing to do there except make sure the boot order is set to CD. Others have suggested checking BIOS settings for Legacy, SATA AHCI or RAID but I can't find those settings.
Usually it does nothing for awhile, then emits a loud, high-pitched beep that goes on until I shut it down.

I don't like to give up but there are obviously gaps in my knowledge. Can anyone guide me to a solution? I now have an identical model that works but has no CDRom drive, so I can maybe swap parts to test, if recommended.

Is it the motherboard? Is it worth opening upand replacing?
Help would be so greatly appreciated!

Product Name dv6812nr
Product Number KN851UA#ABA
Microprocessor 2.00 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-60
Microprocessor Cache 512 KB + 512 KB L2 Cache
Memory 3072 MB
Memory Max Up to 4GB DDR2 (Up to 1 GB may not be available due to 32-bit operating system resource requirements)
Video Graphics INVIDIA GeForce Go 7150M
Video Memory Up to 1071 MB
Hard Drive 250 GB (5400 rpm)
Multimedia Drive Super Multi 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
Display 15.4" WXGA High-Definition BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800)
Fax/Modem High speed 56K modem
Network Card Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN
Wireless Connectivity 802.11b/g WLAN
Sound Altec Lansing speakers
Keyboard 101-key compatible
Pointing Device Touch Pad with dedicated vertical and horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad
PC Card Slots
One ExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
External Ports
5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
3 Universal Serial Bus USB 2.0
1 VGA (15-pin)
1 RJ-11 (modem)
1 TV-Out (S-video)
1 RJ-45 (LAN)
1 headphone-out
1 microphone-in
1 notebook expansion port 3
1 IEEE 1394 Firewire (4-pin)
1 Consumer IR
Dimensions 14.05" (W) x 10.12" (D) x 1" (min H)/1.56" (max H)
Weight 6.06lbs
Kensington MicroSaver lock slot
Power-on password
Accepts 3rd party security lock devices
65 W AC Adapter
6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Help would be so greatly appreciated!


Mar 6, 2003
the only hp bios beep error i could match up is

1 long neverending beep
Memory error. Bad RAM. Replace and test

did you run memtest on 1 stick at a time
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