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Well I can't find it...........
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Very weird indeed :) The Compaq web site says:

On your product

You can find your model name/number on the product box. Just turn your product over, the model name and number usually appears just above the serial number.

Did you receive any recovery CD with the computer or is it just the recovery partition you used to access via F10? If the latter, then perhaps ordering a recovery CD from Compaq will allow you to reset everything to factory state.

Lets also try this. Download either of these and create a bootable CD from the .iso file

XP Recovery Console
Another XP Recovery Console

You don't burn the iso file itself to CD., you create a CD from the iso file using your CD burning software. There is a good freeware burner called DeepBurner which will do this. Another called ISO Recorder is also very easy to use.

Boot the CD and at the first opportunity, enter R to start the Recovery Console.
Next, choose which XP installation you want to login to. Normally this will be 1.
Lastly you will be asked for the Administrator password. Just press the Enter key as the Administrator does not have a password (unless you gave it one, then you would enter it).

From the command prompt, enter: chkdsk c: /r

Allow it to complete undisturbed.

Then try pressing F10 during the next boot, see if you get to the recovery partition as you used to.
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Okay, I looked under it, and it says Presario SR2000....
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You're real close :)

So this is a laptop then. There should be two letters after the SR2000, like FR, DL, EL, EN, etc. To see why this is important, look at this web page:

http://h20180.www2.h...a...&submit.y=0

Edited by Ztruker, 01 May 2008 - 12:20 PM.

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Well actually, my computer is a Desktop computer not a laptop...
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Is this your machine? Presario 2000z
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OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! YES THAT IS MY COMPUTER!!!
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Okay, according to the Maintenance Guide, you would press F10 during early boot, as you previously described. Since this does not seem to be working (timing is critical, you have to press it when the Compaq logo is first displayed or it won't work), did you ever create the Recovery CDs which is one of the options in the PC Help & Tools folder, called Compaq Recovery CD-DVD Creator? If yes, boot the CD, it should work exactly as the F10 recovery worked.

Also, did you ever run chkdsk as I described in my previous post? That may be all that is needed to get the hard drive functional again so F10 will work.

The manuals for your PC are here: http://h10025.www1.h...C...ct=3244858

PC Troubleshooting & Maintenance Guide is the first one.
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