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The Compaq Mini 110 is smaller than a traditional laptop making it very portable. It's great for doing work on the go and it's easy to sync with your main computer making the Compaq Mini a great companion.

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Will not boot up properly

My Compaq mini 110 wont boot up it continuously says "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

i have no clue how to fix it plz help

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Dylan, I would start off with the BIOS. The 110 has a setup utility that

"reports information about the device and provides settings for startup, security, and other preferences.To start the Setup Utility:

 "Open the Setup Utility by turning on or restarting the device, and then pressing f10 while the “F10

= BIOS Setup Options” message is displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen." once in the menu, go to option 2. Select the Main menu. System information such as the system time and date, and identification about the device is displayed. See if your hard drive shows up. You can also go to the diagnostics menu and run the hard disk self test. To exit the Setup Utility without changing any settings, use the arrow keys to select Exit > Exit.

Should your Hard disk not show up in your setup utility, it is most likely that you have a malfunctioning drive. The problem with this will be that your restore partitions are on the same drive, thus replacing the drive will leave you without an Operating system. Should your computer setup utility show your hard drive and the diagnostic test confirms this, you could try and restore your OS. Your computer should have come with Operating System and Driver Recovery discs. You can use the discs to recover your operating system and programs installed at the factory.

Anyhow, this and other information is available in the Maintenance and Service guide for your computer. Download it from here.

Furthermore, you could try and boot from a bootable USB drive. I'd try a Linux version like Puppy Linux on a USB drive. See what information is accessible on your Hard drive, if any. Hope this helps to at least get you started.

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It sounds like a bad OS or failing hard drive to me.

This netbook should have a recovery partition. To use it press ESC at startup and select System Recovery. If it's still there and works then it should work.

If that doesn't do it, then it sounds like the recovery partition is damaged or it's going to be the hard drive. Try reloading the OS from the recovery media and see if it holds. If it does, it's the recovery partition. If it gives you any problems then the drive is dead.

This netbook uses Win7 Starter. Get a Windows 7 32-bit ISO from a place that grabbed the Digital River ISO and download it. Once you do that run it through a tool that does a ei.cfg removal. I have found it for you. You can get it here.

I have a ISO I did this to but this is easy. Mine came from Digital River.

The ISO needs to be 32-bit to work. This will not work on a 64-bit ISO as Starter doesn't come in 64-bit.

If you have a XP version of this netbook, then get Windows 7 Home Premium or install Linux on it. Use Xubuntu on this. Ubuntu is too heavy for netbooks.

No matter what you choose, you will need an USB external DVD drive. You can find one here.

Should your hard drive be bad, here's the guide. Disassembling Compaq Mini 110 Hard Drive

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In this case it would be best to perform a system restore.

There are two ways to perform system restore:

Open start menu click run and then type cmd to open command prompt.

Type CD.. to make c:\ only.

Type CD windows then CD System32 and then restore.

After once you find yourself in c:\ windows\system32\restore>

Then type restrui.exe press enter.

Once the system restore window open then click next to select any available restore point.

This process shall take couple of minutes to perform restore and please make sure that once this process started it wont be reversible and neither you will lose any personal data.

Other way to perform system restore is to open safe mode by clicking F8 on start-up and check safe mode option then further a dialogue box will open to ask for system restore and then follow the above steps. Thanks

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cant get out of sa Fe mode

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My Compaq mini hp will not start up at all.

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