I had the same problem with my HP Mini model 1151NR. I called HP and received no help because my contract had expired, however I was able to find the instructions on their website. The instructions are pretty much accurate. Click on the link below to take you to the page, or follow the intructions below. Hope this helps you and anyone else experiencing this issue. *Note: You do not need to an optical drive to do this. A thumb drive works fine.http://h10025.www1.h...n...c=en&dlc=en
Creating a bootable USB flash drive using a Windows computer
To download the files on a computer running a Windows operating system and create a bootable flash drive to recover your notebook, follow these steps:
1)From your Windows computer, go to www.hp.com , click Support & Drivers , select Download drivers and software (and firmware) and enter the Mini's product number and click Next .
2)If the resulting list has more than one product number is listed. select your specific product number from the list and click Software & Drivers download . Select the Linux operating system.
3)Select HP MIE Restore Image Creator (for Windows) , click Download , and save to an easy to find location such as the desktop.
4)Locate the ImageCreator file and double-click. Then click Next , Next to accept the default installation folder, and then Next again to install the ImageCreator utility.
5)Click Start, All Programs and then click HP MIE Restore Image Creator utility from the list provided.
6)The HP MIE Restore Image Creator utility opens and display a message to insert the USB flash drive into a USB port on the Windows computer and click OK.
7)Select Download HP Mini MIE recovery image. **Note: You will have to pick another location to save the image file. Select your desktop.
8)Click Start to download the latest HP MINI operating system.
9)A message is displayed when the process is complete as shown below. Remove the USB flash drive. "The recovery image has been successfully written to the USB drive. You can now use the drive to restore your HP mini. See your HP mini documentation for directions on how to complete the restoration process".
10)Insert the USB flash drive into a USB port on your HP MINI.
11)Turn on or restart the notebook, and then press the F9 key repeatedly while the F9 = Change Boot Device Order message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen. The System Restore page opens.
12)Use the arrow keys to select the USB flash drive, and then press Enter .
13)Press Enter again to begin restoring the notebook.
14)Follow the on-screen instructions to install the operating system and programs.
15)After the operating system and programs are installed, remove the USB flash drive to restart your computer.
NOTE: The notebook will automatically restart after removing the USB flash drive. You are then prompted to set up your notebook.
You should then run Update Manger to install any updates that were lost during the recovery process. Then you should restore you personal files, music, and photos from the latest back-up.