need to install xp clean

Hewlett-packard / Pavillion a000?
April 23, 2009 at 08:12:44
Specs: xp sp3, 512 (low, I know)
Hey to all my fellow techies! wow do I ever need your help right now. I have to do this rebuild of this old crappy HP pavillion.

The problem is there is NOTHING on the drive. no OS, no nothing, and I can't seem to boot to the XP install cd that I tested in another machine to ensure it was bootable. It is. But now I set this pavillion’s bios to boot to CD, which it does, and comes up with some really funky looking characters across the screen in one line where normally it would say “setup is configuring your devices” or something like that if I recall correctly. Man this is bad. I Was hoping to have this done in one easy install today, as I’ve done probably by now thousands of installs of xp over the years for clients and employers alike.
So when I hit any key, hoping maybe the characters are representing “hit any key to boot to CD” perhaps, it just loops back to the hp splash screen. And that’s it. That’s the loop I’m in with this p.o.s.
The numbers from the back, as the model number was removed from below the power button on the front, are:
Pavillion A000
HW BOM: 101 SW BOM: NA30
System Number: D7222A
Serial Number: MXP3410583
The current bios version is 3.14 09/17/03 (I see on HP’s driver page for this box that the latest bios version is a .exe for version 3.21 from 12/2005). Please remember that I don’t have an OS on this, so I can’t easily update the bios if that would even help. I also, because all of my techie gear is elsewhere have to do this with very minimal hardware tools. I have the ability to connect the pc’s hard drive to the laptop I am typing on via a USB adapter if I need to modify any settings for drive/partition configuration and such.
By the way, in the bios setup utility screen, at the bottom it states v.2.53 © Copyright 1985-2003, American Megatrends, Inc.
I don’t think I have access to floppies to try to do anything from that angle, but could find out later today.
I know 512 isn’t much ram for xp, but for now that’s not the concern. I’ll upgrade later.
Finally, my question here is: how on earth can I get this sunofagun to take an OS install? I also do NOT have any recovery discs. This never would’ve happened if they just would’ve asked me what to buy instead of listening to some jack telling them he has a great deal for them. But they didn’t, so here I am.

Anyway, the mother board is an ASUS A7N8X-LA, specs are viewable at: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...
I seriously appreciate any help on this as soon as possible, which as we all know is always the case with fixin’ these blasted things.

Chuck


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#1
April 23, 2009 at 08:25:05
... you got the m/board so I guess you know this:

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

Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze


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#2
April 23, 2009 at 09:15:21
actually, thanks for the link so I now know for sure what the heck the real model number is of this thing, but I am still unable to progress beyond the spalsh screen loop. cannot boot to xp cd. noway no how. help on that would be the best thing all day today. I have brain surgery tomorrow morning as the patient, so I am trying to get this done before then. :)

I'll be down at least a week and likely not able to work on this again until I'm back up and around.

Chuck


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#3
April 23, 2009 at 09:23:51
never mind. for some reason it just accepted the cd. we'll see if it finishes properly soon. thanks for so far. will be checking back in in a few hours. :)
Chuck

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