Ok. Here goes. I think I'm one of those people who might just know enough about troubleshooting to cause problems. I have a friends HP Pavilion a1330n that would not boot up for her. I never was able to get it to start in any mode so she was fine with the reinstall of everything. We ordered the recovery disks from HP. WHen installing these disks, the system freezes during the setup process, after the date/time, etc settings. Just freezes and will do nothing else.
SO, I went another route and installed a new Windows XP MCE. The computer boots from the CD, enters the blue screen of instructions and promptly freezes at "Windows is starting setup". SO, I restarted setup and pressed F5 to get other options. I installed under the Standard PC option knowing full well that this PC is anything but standard. Windows loaded and looked beautiful for about five seconds when I found out that the USB ports on the motherboard, and the IEEE1394 port and the multimedia audio controller is not working. We have exclamations in the device manager. Cannot load new drivers or update drivers as Windows seems to be perfectly happy with the ones that are there. They are not using any resources because they are not working. I am so frustrated with this. I have spent literally DAYS on this problem and I am at a loss. If this isn't enough information, please let me know. This is just it in a nutshell. Can anyone help? I am willing to start from scratch if need be. Computers don't scare me. They just frustrate the daylights out of me.
Thanks so much