08-15-2009 02:34 PM
08-15-2009 05:08 PM
08-15-2009 10:59 PM
seems to be stuck at the bios screen, keyboard works (caps lock light comes on and off) but takes about 20 secs before keyboard keypresses respond with a beep. so i know the esc and f10 key works!...just it wont do anything else...dont know if the bios has corrupted somehow?? anyway...will ring the suppliers on monday to pick up for repair. :) must be something simple....i thought even if the HD boot sector had corrupted i could have gotten into bios to change boot order and used the second drive...oh well..
08-16-2009 09:44 AM
windows 7 reserved 100mb for system use and made it active, so when i used the rest of the Harddrive for my windows 7 partition i also made it active.
i think this may be the problem. Should i just have made my partition primary and left the windows 7 system 100mb hidden partition as the active partition?
just wondering how i can now reformat the drive, as i just cant get past the HP invent logo on the bios screen and cant even enter bios, let alone boot up!
08-16-2009 12:54 PM
putting the original master into the second bay hangs the system again. currently trying to find how to make master and slaves of these drive...then perhaps i can reformat the trouble master drive..which i think has two active partitions..the 100mb windows 7 system and the windows 7 partition - i made the windows 7 active instead of primary as the system hidden 100mb is the active)
08-16-2009 10:59 PM
I took out the master drive (in slot 1)
and pc booted fine, and could now access and reset BIOS.
I put the second drive from slot 0 into the master slot and then managed to boot from windows 7 DVD and quick format and install windows 7, no problems.
But...the pc will not boot from that slave drive! it is detected as a secondary drive and not the primary. so need a bootable DVD/Cd to actually get up and running (just dont press a key when asked to press a key to boot from dvd)
now...i took out the secondary drive from bay 1 and put it back into bay 2 and the pc will now boot into windows normally.
So...im still kinda stuck on how to set a drive as master/slave? the two drives that came with my HDX18 are seagate momentus 5400.4 250gb ST9250827AS but only 232Gb actually available. does hp tattoo their drives as master and slave?? just need help with that now as i will put in a new drive 250gb 7200rpm as the master,
08-17-2009 10:54 AM
this thread now closed...