discarded HP desktop found reboot issue

April 1, 2011 at 15:09:20
Specs: Windows XP
okay, so i have this hp slimline desktop which my kid found. I have taken it all apart, am pretty convinced all parts are in order, ie power source, hard drive etc.....but as soon as i turn it on i get this "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key.

I dont know how to do this


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#1
April 1, 2011 at 15:17:52
You need to install an operating system on it.

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#2
April 1, 2011 at 15:29:38
Okay, sounds easy enough, I am an RN and can put tubes in every orifice of the human body......but how do I do this. I have a dell computer and a dekk operating system cd.... i did try to get real clever and download something or other from HP on my finger drive....but I just aint gettin her done.

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#3
April 1, 2011 at 15:38:13
You will have to purchase an operating system, using the Dell disk won't work, unless it's a Dell computer and the disk was made for that model. Is this a brand name pc ( I suspect it's an HP since you said you downloaded something from their site) or is it a home built unit? If it is a brand name, go to the manufactures site and do some snooping around as to what hardware is inside and what OS it can run.

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#4
April 1, 2011 at 15:48:04
Thank you. It is an HP slimeline #s5000 I think according to the marking on the box. So if I go to HPs homesite, I might have a chance?

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#5
April 1, 2011 at 16:16:59
s5000 is a generic model number. Look for a label on the backside of the case for the actual model number, s5330jp for example. Post the number & one of us will dig up the system specs.

If you're convinced the hardware is good, you'll need to come up with an operating system disk. Would you consider Linux? Mint 10 would be a good choice & it's 100% free. It's very "windows-like" but there is a bit of a learning curve. You can actually run it directly from a CD or DVD without installing it. If you like the way it works, then you can go ahead & install it. Otherwise, you're going to somehow come up with a Windows disk. If there's a label on the case with the Windows product key on it, you can use that for the installation. But you'll need to get the correct version of Windows - XP Home, XP Pro, Vista, etc.

Have a look at Mint:

http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_julia_...


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#6
April 1, 2011 at 17:13:00
Yeah, HP s5000 is kinda vague, it brought up a whole slew of Compaq computer listings. Depending on how much time you want to spend with this, Mickliq has some good suggestions or if you want to stay in a Windows environment, you could email HP and see if they will sell you the disks for that system.

Or you could take your chances on eBay and try to find an XP disc.

The third option would be to contact a few local mom & pop computer stores in your area and see if any of them have OEM XP or Windows 7 discs. Technically it is legal to sell these OS discs if they are sold along with hardware (wink wink).


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#7
April 1, 2011 at 19:41:34
Bios error messages vary but it sounds to me like it's not finding the hard drive. If it were you'd be getting a 'missing OS' error if the drive was blank.

Are you sure the hard drive is in there? And connected? Does the hard drive show up on the posting screen or the bios setup page? Is the hard drive in the boot order?

Obama's a 2012'er. That explains EVERYTHING..


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#8
April 2, 2011 at 00:41:53
Is this

the same computer?

In that post it seemed almost sure to be without a hard drive or the drive had failed. Where was this computer found???

As DAVEINCAPS suggested the error you're getting usually points to a disk that is not being recognized for whatever reason, maybe not properly connected, or not there, or failed. I would look into purchasing a new hard drive and or an operating system. One of the free Linux operating systems would be fine but keep in mind that linux is different from windows in many ways. One being the terminology used so it would take some getting used to. Until you solve your drive problem though whatever operating system will not work.

Likely


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#9
April 2, 2011 at 00:44:21
If I have a computer I am getting rid of for whatever reason I remove the hard drive and destroy it to be sure no one else can access whatever imformation I had on it This is a fairly common practice.

Likely


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