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Berwyn

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O.K I have a HP Pavilion 1.1 GZ computer that was running Windows XP, the machine suddenly stopped working and an error that says no OS has come up so then i tried to install windows 2000 pro and that was unsuccessful, i then tried to use the Win XP boot disk and that did not work then i tried to boot using the Win 98 boot disk just to get to command prompt screen to do a format of the disk and that does not work because I think the disk is NTFS disk, when I try to format it says no fixed disk but when enter the DIR command it shows the directory. What in the world could the problem be ohh then i tried to get to the CMOS screen but it ask for a password which i do not have, and I have no recovery disk what can i do?
 

Berwyn

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by the way could it be that the hard drive itself is dead, I checed the cables and everything
 

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Get the HD makers utility for their site and run a fitness test on the drive. You could try PowerMax , it seems to work well on all drives. If the drive passes, you could 'zero' the drive or do a low level format so as to have a fresh start. Most HP's have an extra partition that can cause problems at times.
 
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If your CMOS is asking for a password and you do not have it, you will need to remove the case of the computer, locate the CMOS battery on the motherboard, remove the battery, let it sit for a few minutes, reinstall the battery and then restart the computer. That should clear the password out.
 
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