I am hitting some snag w/our hardware and software, and was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing input/experience if you have ever come across this issue:
Our computer (HP Pavilion a1640n) was not starting a couple weeks ago. It would get past the BIOS screen and then nothing. I decided to perform a system recovery by partition as I have done several times in the past. This time however, there were problems performing a system recovery. At about 90% of the recovery, I get a million error messages that say "error cannot copy file H:\\windows\SMINST\etc." When I get through the error messages by pressing "retry" copying, and end the system recovery by partition after a million error messages, I get a screen that says NTLDR is missing, press ctr alt del to restart
I was told this was either a problem with the hardware or software. Assuming the latter I ordered new system recovery disks from HP. After loading the disks, and changing the boot device priority, I get an error message that says "disk boot failure," press ctr alt del
Thus, I figured this issue is with the hardware. I bought a new SATA hard drive from Best Buy and took out the old one and put the new one in its place. Now I get the error message "Disk boot failure" press ctr alt del to restart
I tried removing the battery to reset the BIOS. I still get the same error message. Please help-I could really use any input!