A HD is probably an important part...
September 9, 2011 3:27 PM Subscribe
Computer appears to be dead. Before I go and replace it, is there anything else I can do to try and bring it back to life?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow to computers & internet (13 answers total)
HP desktop (model p6210y), relatively new, running Win7. I was using it fine last night, went to bed, and woke up this morning to find a black screen with a blinking "_" in the corner and nothing else. I figured something crashed, so I rebooted it.
It went to the blue HP startup screen. Next step is typically the Windows 7 login screen. Instead, I get a screen that just says: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key _ "
I restarted it again, got to the blue HP screen, and ran diagnostics.
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Processor CPU - PASSED
Memory (7169 MB) - PASSED
Drives - WARNING
Error Code: BIOHD-2
Warning: No drives detected.
Suggestion: Turn off your system and verify the drive cables are securely attached.
So, I did that. Opened up the machine, detached and reattached the two cables going to the hard drive, put everything back together, and restarted. Still no luck: blue HP screen, then "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key _ "
So, two questions:
1 - What else can I do? (I'm at the end of my technical knowledge for home computers!)
2 - If I need to replace something, do I need to replace the whole computer or just the HD?
I'll be watching the thread, so if there are questions, I can provide more details or info. Thanks!