When I reboot (after setting CMOS to boot from CD), I get the following:
No operating system installed or partition corrupted.
Press R to perform a full system recovery.
(this is good, this is what I want..... so I press R)
(then I get the following )
Preparing Recovery Partition - Please wait
(and it puts the standard horizontal bar-graph for loading software at
the bottom of the screen, and it starts into it for about a half second,
then I get.)
Non-System disk or disk error, press any key to continue.
I'm stuck. I've tried restoring CMOS setting to default. Didn't work.
CMOS is seeing the CD drive with the "auto" setting. So I believe it's ok. Especially because when I reboot, it gets as far as it does with the prompts on the screen.
I tried fdisk and format of the hard drive with a Win98 floppy, and that worked fine. But I want to restore my XP Home edition. So I tried the restore CD again. It blew away the stuff I did for Win98, created a 5 Gig partition, but then dies.
Tech support at HP is clueless at this level. The best they can do is ask if my CD is placed in the drive properly and ask for more money for support.
Appreciate any thoughts and things to try....