Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:55 PM
Hello Happyrock and MacBoatMasters,
As I was writing to you with the below information, I am thankful you clarified your question. Thanks for the clarification...the below section will possibly provide you more insight, but at the moment the only items that are listed is the 2nd HD, CD-Rom, DVD, and Floppy. No, Main HD. f you would like, I can try to get the spec. names of the items.
You will be interested in the following details...
Here's the latest update...trial and error...well, maybe more error, but getting somewhere possibly?
I followed the previous directions you had posted and although I still can not replicate the screen view of the BIOS from above, I was able to get into the "Compaq Computer Corp. Setup Utility" and under one of the topic headings I located a list of the installed items (HD, CD ROM, Floppy etc.) - my main HD with the OS and files was not listed. I also located the reset bios settings in the same area. I followed your directions and when I plugged the power cord back in the system seemed to change or at the very least tried to reset itself to the bios default.
It restarted on its own and the compaq splash screen appeared along with the Microsoft Windows XP screen with the progress bar at the bottom for a moment and then the system went into 'scanning HD for errors...? (good sign?)
It scanned for sometime to about 3% and began to load, "starting Windows XP Screen..." for an extended period of time along with mouse functionality.
The next screen that loaded was a blue screen stating...
"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
A process or thread crucial to system operations has unexpectedly exited or been terminated. If this is the first time you have seen this stop error screen, restart your computer.
If this screen appears again follow these steps: Check to make sure any hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows updates you might need.
If problem continues, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software.
Disable any BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing.
If you need to use safe mode to remove or disable components, resrt your computer, press F8 to select advanced startup options,and then select safemode.
*** STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0xEE38E0, 0x82EE3A54, 0x805FA210)
Beginning Dump of Physical Memory."
I then allowed the system to run through but the above screen finally closed and restarted the system, which brought me back to the Compaq splash screen where I originally started and DID NOT load to windows XP OS. At that point, now knowing how to default the bios, it DID NOT show the hard drive with the OS once again.
I will look to hear back from you, since we are now have a bit more information to work with. It seems as if it wants to work though. At the very least if I can someone recover some files that would be ideal.