Compaq Desktop Refuses to boot

By CombinationZero
Dec 22, 2008
  1. Long story short, Its an old computer thats been lying around and so I decided I would fix it up. Bought some new ram and got an old CD-Rom drive and a 80gb Hard Drive (formatted) and both of these are IDE.

    Turned the PC on and shows the Compaq Screen and detects my Hardrive but not my CD drive then moves to the Detecting Array screen And stays there. I did some brief googling and I found a couple of suggestions which I'm going to attempt now.

    Any help would be great :)
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    The CMOS battery may be dead... Try resetting the CMOS and reset the time and date
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    If the drive was formatted in another computer, you will need to reformat in that computer, or install your windows recovery or restore disk in "Repair" mode (Not Repair Console mode).
    Also, old optical drives are notorious for failure if they sit around for a long time. Be sure you are installing Windows with a reliable cd drive.
  4. CombinationZero

    CombinationZero TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    Ok Thanks for your help guys, I'll try these tonight.

    EDIT: Yes it was the CD drive thank you for your help :)

    And is it possible for a PC to work with a CPU that has one bent pin?
    Don't tell me isn't because Its happened right here :O
  5. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    only a few of the pins are actual linked to electronic processes. The rest are merely for alignment... but the CPU doesn't like to have any pins cut off or broken off so use great care.
  6. CombinationZero

    CombinationZero TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    Well I suppose I got lucky :)
  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Most everything involved with using or modifying a computer involve good luck or bad luck.
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