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hp7955 xp, starts but internet explorer won't come up.

i defraged my computer one evening and the next day when i started it up, hp invent came up, and the only thing i get on the screen is " operating system not found. there is nothing installed in the floppy, cd rom or dvd writer.i can get the bios to come up by using f1 key. i tryed a hard start, checked the connectors on the mother board and the hard drives. last year i installed a 160gb as the master and moved the 40gb to the slave and it has been working great. we have been on dialup and this spring, sprint offered us a broadband modem and it works great. i can still use the internet on our laptop. thanks, glen

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In reply to: hp7955 xp, starts but internet explorer won't come up.

You can get into the CMOS\Bios, did you see if your hard drive is detected? Have you checked the IDE connections to make sure they haven't come loose? I am a bit confused as your title says, xp starts but IE won't come up. Now, in your post it sounds like you have no XP at all? Could you verify this please?

Thanks , Paul

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hp7955 (xp) starts but internet explorer won't come up.

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i went into my bios and there is no master of slave in primary, they show in the secondary. no, my xp isn't coming up.

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In reply to: hp7955 (xp) starts but internet explorer won't come up.

have the original XP cd? Or do you have an OEM restore disk? Your operating system is non existant right now and could be a few things.

First I suggest either getting a known good IDE cable and trying that. Also, you can use the IDE connection that is known working for your slave drive and you could swap the secondary cable , which typically your cd rom drives are hooked to. Swap the power plug also by simply unplugging the other drive and plug into the one not seen. If that fails, it may be a bad hard drive or your IDE controllers are shot, in which case a new motherboard will be in order. Are you sure the plugs are not on backwards? Sorry, have to ask that. Did you do an auto detect in the CMOS to see if it would possibly detect the drive? I don't think the OS has anything to do with it since a drive is typically detected anyway. Possible the hard drive is bad too. If you can, take the hard drive out and test it in another computer.


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operating system not found is referring to your hard drive

In reply to: hp7955 xp, starts but internet explorer won't come up.

It is probably looking at your master HD and you may have your slave HD with the WINXP in it. So there is probably no WINXP, Internet Explorer in your 160 GB Hard Drive for it is in your 40 GB Hard Drive. Check the properties on both Hard Drives. Bear in mind that having the Master is your NEW hard Dive and the the old one is the Slave to the Master and it will read Master first and then the Slave. Darrell Lewis

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