I am thinking this is bad. This is lose-sleep-over-it-kind-of bad. (At least in my world)
I have a Compaq Armada e500 laptop running Windows XP.
This morning, I shut it down as normal and packed up for work.
I get to work and it won't boot. Here is what basically happens.
It stays on the Compaq splash screen for a *long time" then sometimes it:
1.) Beeps three times very loudly and displays the following error:
"FIXED DISK PARAMETER TABLE OR BIOS ERROR"
2.) it acts like it is about to boot up and then I get the "Non System Disk or Disk Error" message (like when you leave a floppy in the drive- except I don't have a floppy in the drive.
While I was at work I was poking around on the internet and followed the instructions to create an MSDos startup disk. I put it in and booted up and received the A:\ prompt. When I enter cd c:\ I get "INVALID DRIVE SPECIFICATIO" as if my HD is totally gone.
This is a major major crisis for me. Can anyone suggest anything to get me out of this?