I need help. I have some basic computer skills, but this is beyond me. I was having trouble with internet explorer and some other software that was oem for my Compaq Presario 1020nx desktop. I also had a puper trojan virus a few months ago that I kicked with GeeksToGo help. My hard drive was full of crap I wasn't using, plus I wanted to fix these program problems.
I tried using the windows reapir utilities and even looked up the GTG help for windows xp issues. Nothing worked. I decided to wipe the hard drive and start over. I put in the system recovery disks and went thru all 6 disks for the full system recovery. I put in my windows xp boot disk that came with the compaq. It won't boot up using the disk. I went into the BIOS mode to change the boot to the cd rom. That didn't work either. when I boot up I can get into safe mode, but get an error saying system recovery incomplete. I called HP support and paid $30 to have some guy named Nippan have my try all this stuff all over and then tell me he can't figure it out, but I can pay $199 to send it in for repairs. I told him that if it is the hard drive I can get a new one for that money with twice the size now.
Please Help! I don't want to buy a whole new PC, but if I gotta can't I just get a new hard drive and put it in this one?