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Hewlett-packard Pavilion slimline s5120f...
October 11, 2009 at 16:13:42
Specs: Windows XP
Hello I reall need some help. My parents were given a HP desktop and asked me to set it up for them, after I plugged everything in and turned on the power I get a black screen and a NO OPERATING SYSTEMS FOUND message. I honestly don't know where to go from here. Im not exactly a computer programer... Please help if you have any ideas!

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#1
October 11, 2009 at 17:15:41
HP recovery:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

(edit) Hopefully the recovery image on the hard drive is ok.


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#2
October 11, 2009 at 18:28:06
Did your parents get the recovery disk that came with the system?


Likely

I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my lungs like the passangers in his car.


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#3
October 11, 2009 at 19:44:34
Nothing is on the hard drive or the hard drive isn't there. Does it show up on the posting screen or in cmos/bios setup? If it's there then yeah, recovery partition, recovery disks or go out and buy a new OS cd.

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#4
October 12, 2009 at 03:52:59
Nothing is on the hard drive or the hard drive isn't there. Does it show up on the posting screen or in cmos/bios setup? If it's there then yeah, recovery partition, recovery disks or go out and buy a new OS cd.

yeah, if it doesn't show on the POST screen (all the cmos
bios information), the drive is history (at least to my
experience). If the boot-screen reports the drive, there is
hope because the bios sees it. then it's a matter of if you
just want the drive to boot, or if you just want to get the stuff
off it. boot: reload the os off CD. salvage: make drive a
slave (D:) on another computer and do recovery. If the data
is REALLY critical, there are other options but most are
time consuming, expensive, and/or ineffective.


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#5
October 12, 2009 at 11:06:20
Okay lots of info comming in and I apperciate it all! Lets see if I can be more specific and help out. When my parents were given the computer it was "wipped clean" by the previous owner (i don't know exactly what she did but this is what she keeps telling me) We only want to use the computer for gaming really... there is no important info on it at this point in time. Now when I start the computer it thinks for a few minutes and then comes up with a Black screen with white letters saying No Operating Systems Found, and no matter what buttons I push it keeps repeating it. There was no disk given with the computer that I am aware of! I am wondering what I need to do to get it to a point that I can load something like windows 7 on to it! HOW BAD IS THIS?

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#6
October 12, 2009 at 12:22:35
Try to obtain the recovery disks from the previous owner. Failing that, decide if you can order recovery cd's from hp or buy Vista (or Windows 7) and install it.

"We only want to use the computer for gaming really... "

That machine won't play any modern games; probably would disappoint you playing a 6 year old game like the original Far Cry too.

Specifications:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

Although the machine has a pci-e 16x slot, you'll run into problems attempting to upgrade to a gaming class video card.

1. Space is very limited and you'll probably need to look for a low profile video card.

2. The 220W power supply is too weak. Unfortunately, it is also a non standard psu and you won't be able to buy a better one without great difficulty.

3. None of my searches have found a better replacement power supply.

4. If you did find a psu and video card that would fit, the cost would be horrible. I'm guessing about $250 for a pc that cost $399 brand new.

These little computers were made for internet surfing, letter writing, and so forth. Gaming would need to be limited to stuff like Freecell.

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#7
October 12, 2009 at 13:49:36
As far as just getting it going, as I mentioned above, a recovery partition, recovery disks or a new OS cd.

You should check the manual and see if you can boot to a recovery partition and restore it that way. 'Wiping' the drive doesn't always mean the recovery partition was destroyed. If not, you should be able to order the recovery disks from HP. Or buy a vista disk and install it that way.

Once you get it going you can decide how much you want to spend on upgrading it.


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