HP Vectra desktop Worked fine then stopped

Hewlett-packard Vectra vei8
May 11, 2010 at 14:58:57
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium3 550mhz/128mb
so i have this hp computer with an pentium 3 processor inside. So this computer had a small 8 gig hard drive and i also had an 40 gig hard drive so i decided to put in the larger hard disk (which does work). So when i went to boot it back up to run the win xp setup. Now when it boots it just stalls on the HP screen. The hard disk floppy disk and cd drive all boot when they are supposted so the computer sounds like it is booting right. As, well I can still access the bios and it reconizes all of the hard ware that is connected to the computer. As well, I can also exit the HP logo page to get the normal boot stuff where it does the memory test. But the computer will not get to the page where it gives information on pci cards and hard disks and ram and where it also ask for the windows disk (if applicable). So I do not know what the matter with it is.

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#1
May 11, 2010 at 15:03:53
Did you remove the 8GB HDD altogether? Did you set the jumpers correctly on the 40GB HDD?

You're not attempting to run XP with just 128MB RAM, are you? Don't waste your time. Either upgrade the RAM to 512MB or stick with Win9x/ME or Win2k.


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#2
May 11, 2010 at 15:29:40
xp has been running fine on it, for what i am doing and i have 512 megs of ram on order and should be here soon and the 8 gig hdd is gone out of the computer all together.

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#3
May 11, 2010 at 17:00:57
"xp has been running fine on it, for what i am doing"

XP does not run fine with 128MB RAM, no matter what you're doing.

"and i have 512 megs of ram on order"

Hopefully your ordered 2 x 256MB of low density PC100? 512MB sticks are NOT supported.

How about answering this question: did you set the jumpers correctly on the 40GB HDD?


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#4
May 11, 2010 at 18:13:00
2 256 mb ram sticks on order pc 100 yes, and yes i followed the digram for jumbers on the drive to make the drive a master dirve. still even with out a hard disk it should get past the logo for hp screen and go to the next scree where it asks for bootable media

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#5
May 11, 2010 at 19:05:28
If it's a Western Digital drive the correct jumper setting will be 'no jumper', not master, unless you have a slave hard drive on the same cable.

Assuming it's the drive size that's the problem, check the HP site for a bios upgrade.

If no bios upgrade is available or it doesn't help, the drive will probably have a 'cylinder limiting jumper' to allow an older bios to see the drive correctly. You can jumper that so the PC will see it OK and then use a bios overlay utility to make use of the entire capacity.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#6
May 11, 2010 at 19:13:41
even with no hard drive attached to the system the computer still stalls and does not move away from the HP screen. Where as, on this same computer i have had a hard drive crash, so that the bios did not reconize a HDD being in the system , and then proply went to the point where it asked for the bootable media. And now with the hard disk phisically unhooked from the sytem it still stalls on the hp screen and never asks for bootable media and does not do anything after that.

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#7
May 11, 2010 at 19:55:58
"Unhooked" meaning the data cable is not attached?

Can you get into cmos/bios setup or does it lock up before you can do it?

When it appears to lockup, let it sit for 5 minutes or so and see if it eventually gives an error message.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#8
May 12, 2010 at 02:45:18
unhooked means the data and power cable are not attached to the HDD, and it does not lock up so that i can not get into the Bios, when it is on this screen any function that can be done from it which is entering the Bios works fine, but letting it sit for 20min it will not go on to the place where it asks for bootable media

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#9
May 12, 2010 at 16:23:26
so i unhooked the little things to chose the jumpers and re put them on to what the HDD said and it works now so thank you very much for you time

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#10
May 12, 2010 at 20:10:25
You're welcome. We're glad you got it going.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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