I have a Compaq Preario 1200-XL 110 Laptop.
When turned on, it does not boot up past the Compaq Logo., without help..but sticks again seconds later.
When pressing <ESC> at the Compaq Logo, it will push past the Logo but stop after checking the removeable drives, finding the CD drive...and that is it. Stops right there.
If pressing <F10> at the Logo, a phrase appears saying "Entering Setup..." but it never does.
It originally had WIN 98 on the machine with numerous viruses and problems...as well as this same problem. The hard drive was removed..placed in an adapter, then into a desktop computer.....formatted and then loaded with Win XP.
Machine worked OK....One time. After that...it went back to sticking at the Compaq Logo.
Win XP, 156Mb RAM, 5 Gb Hard drive, K-6 3d Processor(at a reported 475Mhz)
I can supply any information you need if you have questions. I am in possession of this laptop and can try anything. I have put major hours into this and am burned out on trouble shooting this issue alone..LOL