Compaq presario C310ea reboot

  jono366 20:00 05 Feb 2009

I got this laptop from a friend to reboot it for him. When i boot from windows cd so i can format the drive it says there has been no hard drives found and make sure they are connected. But lappy still boots up ok. Someone told me it could be something to do with the SATA but i have no idea. Can anyone help me?


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:09 05 Feb 2009

you will need to load the sta drivers from floppy at the F6 prompt.

if no floppy (or usb floppy) then slipstream the XP cd and sta drivers using nlite to install from CD

click here
how to use
click here

  jono366 20:23 05 Feb 2009

the download links on that page dont work..... Dont seem that easy to do either.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:15 05 Feb 2009

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if you don't have access to a floppy drive then you dont have much choice.

  MAJ 21:28 05 Feb 2009

What is the make and model of the laptop? It might have a recovery partition on it, accessed from the Advance Startup Menu, you never know you could be lucky, else your only option is as Fruit Bat /\0/\ says.

  MAJ 21:50 05 Feb 2009

Sillt question above, I see it's a Compaq presario C310ea, but which operating system is it using? You say "CD", that makes me think it's XP?

  woodchip 22:18 05 Feb 2009

Go to HP site and download Motherboard driver for it and reload them

  woodchip 22:22 05 Feb 2009

Check this link for all your help

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  cream. 22:28 05 Feb 2009

"When i boot from windows cd "

You should have a dvd image when the laptop was new and not a windows disk. They ship with the option to burn a backup dvd.

You can also use the hidden restore partition by pressing F10 when the laptop starts. This gives you the option to restore factory settings.

  cream. 22:30 05 Feb 2009

The SATA drivers are on the recovery dvd and the recovery partition.

Did the machine not ship with the option of a vista disk?

  woodchip 22:31 05 Feb 2009

F11 for the Backup F10 is BIOS

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