My original Laptop HDD failed. I have replaced it and not being familiar with installation, made a mistake on using original XP Pro CD. Cannot access to install.I think I made an error on F2 and selected incorrect boot sequence.
I get no response from HDD to get started again to format HDD. Have Imade a total and final error.Is there anyway back to reboot?
Now switch on and you should get a message telling you it can't find a boot device.
Press power button in for about 10 secs to turn off laptop
Now try to access the BIOS. If you can get that far then you can change boot to CD first. Save change and exit. Press power button in for about 10 secs to turn off laptop
Next put Hard drive in and power up, eventually you should get same message of no boot device (because there is no CD in and no op sys on HDD) Make sure bios has recognised the new HDD or when you do boot from install XP CD it won't have anywhere to install to.
Are you saying not even the bios shows or anything? there is no display at all not even a flicker? try moving the lid to see if it comes on. If not then you have a problem with laptop monitor. have you tried it with mains power? Do other lights come on?
Next to try is an external monitor if you have one.