Presario R3000 won't boot

By matej555
Dec 31, 2008
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  1. My old Presario R3000 laptop will not boot. I can get into the bios and I have tried resetting everything to default, but it still won't boot. I have tried booting from the hdd and from an XP cd and both result in the same thing. I turn on the computer and the COMPAQ screen shows with options to get into bios and then it goes black with nothing on the screen. I have done a lot of googling and haven't found much. Anybody got any ideas?

    Thanks.
  2. matej555

    matej555 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    ....Anybody?
  3. osaaaaq

    osaaaaq Newcomer, in training

    doesn't it give some kind of error????????
  4. matej555

    matej555 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    No, it doesn't give any error. It just starts up like it normally would, but then stops.
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

    Bad hard drive?
  7. matej555

    matej555 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    It sounds as though that it does initially post.

    But, the guide will help you anyway, so I quoted it.
    There are many different things to try, (Reseat; Dust; disconnecting externals and internals; benchtesting...)
    I hope it came in use, if not; wait for other replies.
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,684   +153

    Yes the computer is trying to complete the Power On Self Test. It really sounds like a failing hard drive or even a bad CD ROM
  10. matej555

    matej555 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    But I have tried booting from both the hard drive and the cd rom drive. I doubt that both drives went bad at the same time.

    I have opened it up and I will try cleaning it, bench testing, etc. tomorrow.
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I think Tmagic650 was trying to say, try unplugging the Harddrive and test to see if it does not shutdown (things like that) that's in the guide ;) And actually helped support what I was saying
    Anyway this will take only a few mins to test :)
     
  12. matej555

    matej555 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Ok, I will try all of this tomorrow. All of you, thanks for the input.
  13. matej555

    matej555 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Well I started taking everything apart and I kept trying to boot it up and it still wouldn't work. Then I tried one last time just before I was about to give up and it worked. I turned it off and booted from an xp cd and formatted the hdd. I started to install a fresh copy of xp and just before the part where it asks you for the serial number the computer froze. I restarted the computer and restarted the installation and it froze again except now a little before the last place that it froze. So I tried once more, this time it didn't even get to the installation and now I am back to where I started where it won't get past the boot screen. Anyone know what could be wrong?

    I just tried rebooting again and I got this error: "CMOS SYSTEM CHECKSUM BAD"
    I only got this error once.
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Please also try running Memtest on your Ram (it's in the guide)
    I'd also recommend resetting the Bios to setup defaults
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