To boot from the recovery CD, change the boot option to "Boot from CD-Rom". Also, disallow booting from any other drive (other than the CD-Rom) if you have that option. See if that helps.
I am having trouble starting my computer -- an HP Pavilion desktop, about 5 years old (Windows XP sp 3). I had just bought a new laptop, & after transferring all my files, I left my HP Pavilion unused & near my desk for about 2 weeks. I decided to set it up again. The last time I used it, to copy files, it worked perfectly.
Because I was using the monitor I'd used with the Pavilion for my new laptop, I dug out an older flat screen monitor we hadn't used for several years, plugged it into the Pavilion and turned on the power. It seemed to start normally, but then hung on the windows logo for a long time, then turned to black. That was the last time I saw the windows logo.
I have tried at least 15 times to get it started in a variety of ways, (reverting to the original monitor) but each time, after the HP screen, it goes to black and then eventually says "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key." I have tried going to the selection screen (F8) but can't get there. Nor can I get to the Recovery Console. I have tried booting from my Recovery CD, but I still get the same message. I have tried going to the startup BIOS page and changing the boot sequence to HDD, but this doesn't seem to make a difference.
I have an old diagnostic program (re: admin passwords) that boots up on a floppy, and the Pavilion WILL boot to this program from the floppy, but that's it. I don't have a floppy with a Windows OS however. Is there such a thing? Can I make one? And did I fry the HD with the old monitor? Is there some secret code I need to input to make the computer boot up?
HELP Please!!! Thank you