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Compaq Presario SR 1520 NX won't boot up, no recovery disk

\015 Hi everyone - I am a Youth Librarian at the North Sarasota Library, and several years ago we received a donation of 3 of these PCs for our kids' section. They were not connected to the internet, only used as "game computers" (for kids to play CD-ROMs).\015\012\015\012All 3 of them have crashed. Unfortunately, as they were not provided by the county, our IT guys won't touch them. We know a lot of the kids were downloading their personal stuff on there - music, videos, etc...- and we think this is what caused them all to crash. We have no back-up startup disks. Is there any way to get one? Or another solution, short of paying someone to come in here and look at them? I'm not sure what OS they were running, probably XP. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.\015

Answers :

If the computers WERE running Xp (CHECK by asking the kids who were using them)
\015\012Ask if they saw the xp theme screen.
\015\012If you haven't got a Xp system disk then i suggest you buy one Yes it is going to cost but you cant really expect to have a pc or two without a system disk. You'll only need one to get them going.
\015\012If you have one or when you get one PRESUMING the pc's are running xp DO the following BUT goto (number 2 at the bottom of the page)
\015\012
\015\012(1) Switch a computer on & press delete to get into the bios settings.
\015\012Here You need to changed over the Bootable priority of the hardware.
\015\012Usually the order is
\015\012Floppy
\015\012Hard disk
\015\012Cd.
\015\012These need to be changed so the cd will have priority eg.
\015\012cd
\015\012hard disk
\015\012Floppy
\015\012When this is done Save the settings & restart the computer when you can
\015\012When you do start the computer put your system disk in the cd drive
\015\012The computer will ask if you want to boot the computer from cd
\015\012Do this by (usually pressing a button)
\015\012Windows will start from disk & go through the motions as if you are doing a fresh install
\015\012But you dont need a fresh install you just want to REPAIR windows.
\015\012From here I will NOT continue to say what needs to be done Unless you respond Saying you would like to know more.
\015\012I DO feel your I.T. guys SHOULD Be a little more helpful
\015\012With that respect they should know how to install Windows XP & how to repair Windows XP using the system disk
\015\012IF THEY DONT want to help you from there GET BACK TO ME
\015\012& ill continue to tell you HOW to repair your pcs'
\015\012IT IS FIRSTLY advisable to FIND OUT what OS's your pcs a runnig & if So HAVE YOU/ARE YOU going to obtain a system disk
\015\012Hope this isnt Too confusing for you
\015\012Hope ive been some help
\015\012So Far.......
\015\012
\015\012(2) Before Rushing out & buying a OS disk Lets check to see if your Little devils havent changed the system Bootible priority
\015\012(YOU never know)
\015\012Turn on the computer & when asked to press the delete key to enter the bios setup
\015\012Here in the Bios set up you want to check that the Bootible priority hasnt changed.
\015\012Usually the priorty is in this order
\015\012Floppy
\015\012Hard disk
\015\012cd
\015\012If it has been changed it could be in any order but usually the (hard disk) is either 1st or 2nd.
\015\012If is has changed Change it back to my recommended & save it
\015\012Re start you Pc.
\015\012If the pc doesnt start STILL
\015\012goto 1
\015\012NOTE : ASK your I.T. guys for help IF your a little scared to follow these instructions Also the instrutions At (Number 1)
\015\012
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