problems with a fresh windows install on a compaq pc

my hdd crashed friday ive orderd a new one but now i want to install windows but when i connect my hdd i cant enter the bios and when i disconnect it i can so ive changed the boot priority to cd/rom drive but still doesnt boot from disk

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You may have to start from scratch and start proving that the problem is either in the 'new' HDD or the motherboard.

Can you boot to the Win install cd-rom when it is in the CD drive, with the HDD not connected to the motherboard?

If not go into BIOS and see if the cd-rom is listed in the 'drives' list.

If not, shut down the PC and swap the CD-ROM sata connection over to another sata port on the motherboard. (not the one where you has the HDD connected to before)

Start PC and go into BIOS and see if the CD-ROM drive is now detected.

If not the BIOS may be corrupted. Try using the BIOS options to reset the BIOS to default settings and start again.

If it is , perhaps the first SATA controller (it controls the port) may be faulty. Try to boot using the Win install disc.]

If you can boot into Windows, shutdown the PC and connect the HDD to the SATA port next to the cd-rom drive port.

Start PC and see if you can get into BIOS.

If not your 'new' HDD may either be faulty or has perhaps the wrong 'removable link settings' (if there are any available) in place

If you can get into BIOS check that both the cd-rom and the HDD are listed.

Try again to boot from cdrom drive

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HP bought out Compaq so HP has the following for BIOS:

http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/Comp...

The boot order can be configured on the Advanced tab in the BIOS settings menu. The steps for modifying the boot order may vary depending on the model of the computer.

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BIOS configurations vary depending on the computer. For further information on a specific computer, refer to the documentation provided with the computer or go to the HP Drivers and Downloads page. The BIOS settings are generally listed in the Maintenance and Service Guide.

Follow the steps below to configure the boot order on most computers.

Turn on or restart the computer.

While the display is blank, press the f10 key to enter the BIOS settings menu.

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The BIOS settings menu is accessible by pressing the f2 or the f6 key on some computers.

Select the Advanced tab using the right and left arrow keys.

Use the up and down arrow keys to select Boot Order.

Follow the on-screen instructions to change the boot order.

Reset the boot order to the default settings

To reset the boot order to the default settings, follow the steps below.

Turn on or restart the computer.

While the display is blank, press the f10 key to enter the BIOS settings menu.

Press the f9 key to reset the BIOS to the default settings.

Press the f10 key to save the changes and exit the BIOS settings menu.

note:

BIOS configurations vary depending on the computer. For further information on a specific computer, view the documentation provided with the computer. The BIOS settings are generally found in the Maintenance and Service Guide.

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but when i connect the drive i cant get into bios

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Hi, Sounds like your 'new HDD' (is that the one that you are installing?) is stopping the POST. Is it a SSD or HDD? If it is a HDD can you here it spin up when the PC powers up? Have you tried swapping the CD and HDD sata connections or disconnecting the CD sata connection and leaving only the HDD connected to see if you can get into BIOS?

If it is the old HDD that you are trying to put back in, it is probably causing the POST failure. Disconnect just the power cable to it and see if you can access the CD drive or the BIOS. If you can and from what you've said you probably will be able to the HDD has definitely failed. Best wait for the new one and start from scratch.

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i am trying to install it on the new one

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Check to see if the BIOS has a TPM if so then it needs to be disabled so that the PC will go into regular POST. TPM locks all regular Start-up and makes the PC boot from the HDD only.

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