Having problems with your HP Compaq Presario SR1430NX (PS566AA) PC Desktop ?

Sr 1430 start up problem, during boot up, a screen comes up wanting me to press f2 to boot computor

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Is it throwing up a 'disk read' or 'no physical drive installed' error?

In most cases, a boot error in bios (the pre-installed program a computer uses prior to loading an operating system such as Windows, Linux or Mac OSX) usually points to:

- disconnected cables running from the board to the hard drive(s)
- malfunctioning ports (IDE ports especially)
- dead or dying hard drive(s)

Open the case (if you don't mind voiding a warranty that you may still have) and check the cables that run from your drive(s) to the board and from the power supply to the hard drive(s) to ensure that the cables are firmly attached at all ends.

If so, the best way to test a hard drive without spending at least $100.00 for diagnostics is to install it(or them) into another computer and boot. If that computer boots with your drive(s), the problem may be on the board or with the PSU (power supply unit). In either case, you'll probably be looking at anywhere between $100.00 and $200.00 to replace.

Before you do anything, though, there's a button battery attached to the board; remove that for about a half hour, reattach it then try to boot. Sometimes this can clear up boot issues.

If the hard drive has died, DO NOT dispose of it. Most people think that their data is lost in the death of a drive and that's not true. Take it to a professional 'computer guy' and have the data extracted and saved to a new drive. The cost should be around $100.00 for data recovery... no more than that unless a new drive is part of the deal.
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