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Will a HP recovery cd fix the blue screen?

November 21, 2010 at 17:18:08
Specs: Windows XP
Well... I have a HP Pavilion 310n, It was working and we were using it as a second computer. Then it started putting out blue screen stop errors. I didn't know what to do so it got to the point where it wouldn't load up windows at all. I asked a friend who knows more about computers then me what he thought and he said to bring it to him, I did and he tried to reinstall windows XP I guess...Five hours later he said that it wouldn't take any thing he tried to install but windows 2000. After that we used it for awhile and it started all over again. Anyhow long story ending in our computer still having the blue screen and not being able to load up windows. I started looking online and found somewhere where someone said that if you get the blue screen and you replace the windows and it doesn't fix it then you should just give up. So... Advice? Should I give up? I found a HP recovery cd but will that even fix it? And is it even worth fixing?

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November 21, 2010 at 19:43:19
It's certainly not worth investing any money into something of that vintage. You may benefit from running a hard drive diagnostic to see if your problems stem from a failing drive but if some other component such as motherboard is faulty then it's time to recycle.

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November 22, 2010 at 02:08:01
... do you know if you have a recovery partition that is (still) existing?

... you may see @ bootup something like <Alt><F10> <key> prompt on bottom line of screen.

... experience has taught me to "FDisk" (remove) the main drive partition. Leave the recovery partition "intact" then use recovery method (<F10> or CD's)



... its always a good idea to make an image of the drive(s) for 'just in case'

... edit/ try <F11> <key>

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November 22, 2010 at 12:56:01
Depends on the reason for the blue screen.

Might try some tests. Get ultimate boot cd and try memtest and maybe some hard drive diags.

Could be that the fans are full of dust and the system is getting too hot. I take it outside and use a high volume low pressure air supply to clean it out. Be careful. A normal air gun may create static. I like to use a shop vac in reverse. Keep the plastic away.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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November 22, 2010 at 15:01:48
"Anyhow long story ending in our computer still having the blue screen and not being able to load up windows."

Why not post the exact errors? That is why they give errors so that we can help find a solution ;-)

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November 26, 2010 at 16:12:20
It reads. ahem..

*** STOP: 0x000000D1 (0x02EEA2B1,0x00000002,0x00000000,0xBFF8B725) DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

***Address BFF8B725 base at BFF83000, DateStamp 3e89d599 - atapi.sys

Also, how do you find out if the motherboard is broken? I seem to remember something about a secondary hard drive being faulty when my friend looked at it, But I think he removed it.

I took the side panel off and it has some dust but I've seen much worse in my working computer when I've cleaned it out periodically, how do you do the tests?

I have no idea if I have a recovery partition that is existing, how do I find out?
I looked for a prompt at the bottom of the screen, all it asked for was F1 to enter setup, once there I'm clueless 0.0 It says something about a Primary Master [ST340810A-(PM)] and that it doesn't have a any slaves, it has a bunch of tabs at the top, (main, advanced, security, power, boot) but I don't know what to so with them. If you mean using dos somehow, I don't know how to get in to ms-dos and I doubt that I have enough knowledge to navigate it :P

Thanks for trying to help sorry that I'm not very good at this.

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November 27, 2010 at 01:19:28
... recently worked on a HP dusty desktop that was "kicking-in" all sorts of messages even after trying different fix methods "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" was one, "bios not acpi compliant" fresh in my mind (BSoD) few more...

... replaced the cmos battery (watch type) which was only 0.29 volts down

... cleaned the ram chip contacts, unhooking any plugs from sockets

... hooking 'em back up cured the BSoD problem and was able to use bootup cd's which just wo'nt work prior.

... then used some fix bootup cd's ran "chkdsk" which found and fixed loads of errors.
(* chkdsk using different live cd's)

...HP recovery diagnostics disc still said there was a problem with the drive which it could not fix *

... the pc had a recovery partition that would not function untill I removed the main drive partition leaving the HP recovery one intact.

... booted up again with "recovery diagnostic" disc which then showed an option to create and rebuild the main drive from the recovery partition which worked a treat!

... when above was done @ reboot held-in <F11> recovery took 20 minutes..
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