Compaq Armada 3500 boot problem

By spacekid
May 22, 2010
  1. I have this really old compaq armada 3500 laptop, and i wanted to play this one game that only works on window 95, or 98. and i found out that when i turn my laptop on, the hard drive makes this click sound, and booting is really slow. after putting the pass code, it takes more time to change into the next screen, but after that it says "non-system disk or disk error replace and strike any key when ready", and i am basically stuck from here, does anyone know what problem this might be? and also during this screen, the hard drive makes this annoying high pitch sound.
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Some good hard drives make a clicking sound as they run, and that sound is normal for that brand and model,
    But most computer hard drives that click or pause are worn and defective and must be replaced... luckily, hard drives have come down in price in the past year.
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