Today, we will be doing a recovery on a HP Mini model 110-3518cl. After plugging in the computer, switch on the power which is on the right side of the computer, hold down or press the ESC key.
You should see the starup Menu
F1 System information
F2 System Diagnostics
F9 Boot DeviceOptions
F10 BIOS Setup
F11 System Recovery
Once you press F11 you should see the Recovery Manager. There you will be given three choices.
The first box gives you the option to choose:
Microsoft System Restore
Minimized image Recovery
Malware Bytes prevents and searches types of Malware that you may have inadvertently loaded inside your computer. If your computer is acting weird, run a scan of Malware Bytes. Below I have provided a link for a Free Malware bytes.
The Track pad on a laptop is a useful tool, however, I found out early on, it got to be more of a nuance when I tried searching for something on the internet.
YouTube, had several people who had different ideas, however since I was working with Windows 8.1 at the time, this being a tablet format nothing worked.
To give you an example, I would try to type inside the search field, and I would end up with garbage as the text. This would then delete itself and it got to be so frustrating. I went as far as switching to a large keyboard for a while. I was at my wits ends and just thought that it was something I was going to have to deal with.
I feel the Lord lead me to the answer when I thought of giving it one last try on the internet. It was like there it was, so I figured well it wasn’t going to be easy, having to go through the Bios, my thinking was why there of all places. So, I gave it a shot and sure enough it was just what I needed. Thank You Lord Jesus.
A couple of weeks ago, we talked about how to keep your computer cool, by keeping the fan free of dust, that includes all the ports on your laptop especially. I figured it would be a good time to look into a product called “SpeedFan” This monitors your fans, allows you to make adjustments in control of the fans, it also gives a reading on how the temps are on your CPU, and the ability to check the health of your hard drive.
After downloading, make sure you decline the extra products you don’t want installed on your computer. Take it slow as go through each one.
You have several settings to choose from.
Disclaimer: the featureClock(is used for over-clocking the processor) Before you try to over-clock the processor, make sure you know what you are doing or you will fry the processor, thus destroying your computer. Info, Exotics, and Chart are the other features in the program
Some or most will have SMART (Self-monitoring analysis reporting technology)used to monitor to let know when their hard drive might be failing, so, you can prepare for it by placing your files on discs, such as DVDs or CD‘s.
To enable this you need to go into the BIOS;(Basic Input Output System) In order to get here restart your computer. On the Splash screen look for the F key to reach setup. Once you have arrived at the BIOS. Look under the main tab, we are using a Phoenix Bios. So, if you’re using a different Bios. You are looking forHddSmart. We want to enable it, and than press f-10 to save.
Now, open Speed Fan, click on SMART, on the drop down tab, select your hard drive, and click short test or Extended test tab to see how healthy your hard drive is.
Under the Exotics tab, is where you can monitor your fans, hard drive and CPU temps. Just click on the tab “show the Magic
Under the Charts tab, you are able to see how each part is doing from hard drives, to fan speeds, to Temps.
The reading for the temps is Celsius, if you would like Fahrenheit for your settings, click configure, under the tab Minimize, than Options, click the radio button from Celsius to Fahrenheit , then OK. By pressing F-1, you will able to use the help feature. You can make adjustments to the speed of the fan, or just leave the settings where they are. Your choice.
I was working on a Dell Dimension 9100, I had just finished re-installing the Operating System Microsoft Windows XP, restarted the computer and then the error message appeared. I have seen this in the past and really wasn’t sure on how to get rid of it, one of the ways, is usually to
replace the CMOS Battery. Below is a link how to replace the Battery. This goes in-depth.
Replacing the CMOS Battery didn’t work this time, so I restarted the computer. Pressing F-2, I was able to boot into the Bios Menu. After going through all the different sub-Menu’s, I came across “Post Behavior” My Bios is a Phoenix bios yours might be something else.
So, I came across four different things to try. They were: Fast Boot, Num lock Key, Post Hotkey and Keyboard Error
Now, depending on the circumstance or system. this may or may not work.
When I got to Keyboard Error. I set it up as to not report keyboard errors.
Pressed enter, than saving upon exiting, which is usually ESC(Escape Key,) F-10 to save settings.
Restarted the computer and the error message was gone. To be sure I restarted the computer, no error message was present.
Today we begin by working on a hp Pavilion a1709n Desktop. We will replacing the hard drive. The old hard drive has died, so we are going to replace it with a Western Digital sata 500GB.
We will start by going into the Bios(Basic Input/Output System) you should be able to find this on the screen when you first start the computer, however if you don’t find it, try one of the Function Key‘s F1 thru F12
Once you have entered the Bios, look for Advanced setting, you will want to look for something that allows you to adjust the boot order, and make the settings for the cd-rom to be the first so when you put in the cd and start the computer, it will start to load Windows. http://www.ehow.com/how_6186103_boot-cd-hp-pavilion.html
First off, we want to shut off the computer. Then remove the Keyboard, Mouse, Ethernet, Display, which is either a VGA, or DVI power cord from the back of the computer. Put on your Esd (Electrostatic wrist band) grounding yourself to the computer. Next, remove the cover from the computer, removing the thumb screw and sliding off the cover.
There are three tabs on the inside of the case that holds on the front panel , push in on each of these to remove the front panel, it will swing out.
Now, the HP has what is called a latch drive bracket, you have to pull up on the plastic tab to release the hard-drive. Then, you should be able to pull it out through the front of the computer. Remove the new hard drive from the packaging, you will need to remove the mounting screws from the old hard-drive or you can use the several screws that HP has embedded in the front of the computer case.
Once you have screwed in the mounting screws on the hard drive, pull up on the plastic Latch Drive Bracket and slide in the new hard drive. If you are going to use another bay for the hard drive you will have to remove the blank plate, using a flat head screwdriver. Insert and twist to remove this plate.
Once the Hard drive has been slide into the bay, reconnect the Serial(SATA ATA hard drive disk cables to the back of the unit. Reconnect the memory Card Reader Drive,if you had to remove it. Once this is done, remove the ESD static strap from inside the computer, replace the side and front cover.
Now, we can start reformatting the Hard Drive. We will installing Windows Vista Operating system. Take the recovery discs, open up the CD-Rom, pop in the first disc and you should see Windows Loading Files. It will then bring on the screen the recovery Manager, after you click Next, it will ask for the Supplemental disk, place this inside the CD Rom, close the tray and the formatting will begin.
Than it will tell you that it is reformatting the Windows partition of the hard drive. After using the supplemental disk, it will ask for you to put in the first disk. after it is done, it will ask for the Second disk. When it is finished it will display that the “Recovery is Complete.” Click Finish to restart the computer. Make sure you remove the disk.
At some point you will have to produce the product key for the Microsoft operating system. You should find this somewhere on the desktop.
Don’t forget to partition the hard drive. If you notice that the hard drive is only showing 50GB of your 500GB then you didn’t partition the hard drive correctly. Use the Link below
You may need to reinstall Windows, after that your done.
Once at the HP website, type in the model of the computer, this will bring you to the drivers and download page. You want to make sure to update your drivers and the Bios.
Now the Bios is tricky in that if for some reason you lose power while downloading the bios, you will lose the computer. Any interruption of power will cause this to happen. This Bios loads directly to the motherboard, I have done this several times and never ran into a problem.
The link below will take you to the downloading page for drivers and Bios
Once a year is always a good time to reinstall Windows. Today, we are going to do a clean install for Windows XP.
First thing though you will need to find the Windows XP Operating disc. Once you have it, you want to insert in the CD-ROM. Then Restart the computer, when the screen appears, look for what function key works on how to enter set-up. That way you can set-up the CD-ROM as the boot drive.
Restart the computer but, this time press (F-2) or whatever number your computer screen specifies. It could be f-1, f-2, f-4, f-6, f-8, or f-12. Once you enter setup this is where the bios is.(BIOS) Basic Input Output System controls your connections, display, mouse speakers etc..go to the boot sequence than using the minus and plus sign to move the cd rom to the number 1, spot > hit escape, you should see save and exit, >click enter, bios will exit the system.
Restart computer, on the screen will appear the words “boot from CD strike any key on keyboard”, it will start to load drivers, it will then ask if you want to repair windows, you’re looking for the other choice to install windows. Than you will want to delete the partition,> create a new partition, Making sure you use the largest number for the partition> The words raw, will appear after it’s done. >Than the computer will start the install Windows XP.
You should do a clean install at least once a year to keep your computer running smoothly.
When you switch out the battery on the motherboard, you have to reset the date in the bios. To enter the bios, restart the computer, when the screen appears, hold down the F-2 key. You should see the words “Entering Setup” The next screen you should see would be the infamous bios. To Change the date follow the instructions on the bottom of the screen which normally is a plus or Minus, use the arrow key to change the date. When you are through, you will want to save. Press the F10 key, than press enter.