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Compaq Presario SR1519UK Desktop PC (Home support page)
Compaq Presario SR1519UK Desktop PC Product Specifications
Motherboard Name: MS-7184
HP/Compaq motherboard name: AmethystM-GL6E
MSI mboards are well known to be more likely to have this problem....
Some mboards develop this problem - electrolytic capacitors were installed on them that were not properly made, and they fail eventually - the mboard manufacturer didn't know they were improperly made at the time the mboard was made.
Open up your case and examine the mboard to see if you have bad capacitors, and/or other findable signs of mboard damage .
This was the original bad capacitor problem - has some example pictures.
History of why the exploding capacitors and which mboard makers were affected:
What to look for, mboard symptoms, example pictures:
Home page that site
- what the problem is caused by
- he says there are STILL bad capacitors on more recent mboards.
Pictures of blown capacitors, other components, power supplies, fried Athlon cpus, etc.:
"tried pressing f8 but nothing happens it just goes to load to windows then i get error message again then computer restarts itself."
Sometimes when certain data gets corrupted in Windows on the hard drive, you don't get the normal Windows boot choices menu when you press F8 repeatedly while booting, you get a different screen that says along the lines of Windows could not start normally, the same screen you see when you DO NOT press F8 repeatedly.
However, usually the computer does NOT reboot automatically in that case.
If you can see nothing wrong with the capacitors on your mboard, you should test your hard drive.
( NOTE that if you can't do this either because the computer restarts, the most likely thing is the power supply is failing ! If you can borrow a power supply from another computer for testing purposes and connect it to your computer, try that ! )
Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.
Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.
The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.
If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.
If the hard drive itself tests okay.......
You need to boot your computer from a Windows CD and try running CHKDSK /R in the Recovery Console.
I know from experience that most HP computers that came with XP installed on them originally had Recovery disks supplied with the system when it was new, and in most cases, the first disk is an XP re-installation CD. If you or someone in your family are the original owner, there's a strong chance that you have that CD.
You boot the computer from the XP CD, let the initial files load from the CD, and at the first screen you see that asks if you want to Repair Windows or go on to Setup, press R and that takes you to the black screen Recovery Console interface
It will look for Windows installations.
NOTE that if your hard drive is SATA , the Recovery Console will NOT find any Windows installations -in that case see SATA hard drive below
In most cases it finds only one -
Type the number, then Enter.
E.g.type: 1, press Enter
You will then see: ..........Password:
Usually there is no password. Just press Enter.
Type: CHKDSK /R (whatever the drive letter is Windows is on, followed by the colon character)
If you're at the C:> prompt,
Type: CHKDSK /R C: , press Enter
That will probably take at least a half hour to finish.
There is a summary at the end of the text when it has finished.
If it says it found one or more errors and fixed them, then there were one or more errors.
Type: exit , press Enter
to get out of the Recovery Console and the computer will Restart automatically.
Do not press a key to boot from the CD.
Let Windows try to load normally.
Sata hard drive.
The files intially loaded by the XP CD cannot recognize SATA drive controllers and therefore cannot recognize SATA hard drives.
The easiest way around that is to change a setting in your bios Setup.
See response 2:
If you DO NOT have any Recovery disks, or you do but none of them is a Windows re-installation CD, and if you can't borrow a Windows XP CD......
- you could remove you hard drive and connect it or set the bios so that you're not booting from it on another computer and run CHKDSK /R on your drive on the other computer.
Or - here's an example of a Recovery CD set you can buy on the web:
Buy the Recovery CD set - 7 CDs - 25 pounds:
However, it's a Recovery CD set that is a multi-disk archive that re-loads the entire hard drive
- Windows is included in it, but there is no disk in the set that you can use the same way as a Windows CD.
- if you have data on the C partition that you DO NOT want to lose, you must copy that data to elsewhere BEFORE you install this set.
If you can't get Windows to work, then you could make yourself a CD to boot the computer with so that you can copy files - e.g.a Linux CD, or connect the drive to another computer such that you're not booting from it and copy the files with that.