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Laptop will not boot from either hard drive or boot cd - sometimes

\015 3-yr-old HP ZT3000. For the past week, the laptop has had a problem when booting up. Half the time, the laptop boots to Windows XP without issue; the other half, the HP logo appears and fades, being replaced (as usual) with the F10=Rom Based Setup and F12=Network Service Boot msg in the bottom left. PROBLEM: At this point, instead of booting windows, the system hangs. I cannot access the BIOS, and pressing F10 and F12 gives an 'Entering Setup' or\302\240'Attempting to Boot Network' status message, at which point the system is completely frozen. IF I do not press either F10 or F12, and wait between 5-15 minutes, the hard-drive-based password utility (which I have never previously used, and currently does not appear when the system behaves normally) appears. If I press nothing, it will hang indefinitely on this utility; if I press enter, it will return to the F10/F12 screen, with a flashing cursor against the middle of the left side of the screen. After a few more minutes, the old standard 'Non-System Disk Error' will appear; at this point, nothing else happens and there is no option but to restart the computer and repeat the process (as there is no non-system disk in any of the drives). MY ATTEMPTS TO RESOLVE: When the computer is exhibiting this behavior, there is no way to load Windows or anything else. It will not boot from the CD-ROM drive, in addition to the hard drive, which leads me to believe that it may have something to do with the BIOS or a connection. I have not found a pattern yet for when the system will work, though it still continues to be intermittent; sometimes the computer will behave normally, other times it will exhibit the problem repeatedly, and there is nothing to do but walk away from the system and try again a half-hour later.When the computer does load Windows, it behaves flawlessly. I have run every diagnostic program that I have, and none of them have found any issues. Any help to solve this mystery problem would be appreciated!\015

Answers :

Sounds to me like both of you may be having hardware issues. When you try to enter the BIOS, it will poll all connecting ports (IDE, mini-PCI USB Hubs etc) to find out what is attached so it can be manipulated in the BIOS utility (of course HP/Compaq locks these feature out but hey what can you do) When the device is misbehaving, the BIOS is probably not able to communicate with it in order to get data from it (ie: model and serial number normally displayed in the BIOS via the IDE channel) thus it locks the system. Same thing happens when booting normally, its looking at the primary IDE channel; knows there something there that it should be able to boot from but can't read from it, thus you get the generic 'non-system disk error'. If the previous suggestion of reinstalling windows hasn't helped, then I would take the Hard drive to someone locally so then can test it on a desktop; or you can purchase a 40pin to 44pin IDE or USB adapter and attach it to your own desktop and see if you can browse it. If you can, then you might be looking at a motherboard problem, if you can't or it is intermitant (keep an ear out for excess noise) then the hard drive is probably defective. I hope this helps.
I have a acer travelmate 3000 when i start my computer cant go to bios or any thing just hang even i remove the battery but nthing happen plz can sone one help me thanks
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