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Packard Bell EasyNote laptop recovery

Paulduberry
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Hello,

I have a Packard Bell EasyNote laptop which gets past the post but won't load windows. Just a blank screen. Don't have recovery disks. Does anyone know what the hot keys are to access the recovery process in order to perform a restore to factory settings.
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Try tapping F11 during start up.

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I tried that but the screen remains blank after tapping the F11 key after the initial POST screen. This laptop is a right piece of crap. I'll probably bin it if I can't get anywhere with it. Thanks anyway.

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It could be a bad hard drive. try removing it and see if it gets anything but a blank screen.

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Maybe the display is faulty. Try and connect an external monitor to it then restart.

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The screen is fine on the POST i.e. pre-Windows. I can even get the menu when I tap F8. I just can't get anything to show after that. I have ran hard disk diagnostics and it passes. I have a software problem that requires a recovery to factory settings. Problem is I don't have the disks. I am just trying to find out if there is a recovery partition that can be accessed by one or a combination of the function keys during the boot phase. Failing that, I will probably just boot from a regular Vista Home Premium install disk and attempt to find drivers etc. from useless Packard Bell web site.
I'll let this question run on for a while longer to see if anyone has any more wise insights to share.

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Do you have access to a Windows XP install CD?

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Yes.

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If you boot the CD to the repair console, at the command prompt enter this line.
chkdsk c: /f  
Note: sometimes you have to use /p instead of /f
Just to let you know, I downloaded the diagnostics from the manufacturers web site (Seagate), made a CD and booted from that. Ran the diags, found two bad blocks, repaired. Still couldn't recognize the hard disk when trying to install Windows Vista. Installed a different hard drive and that was recognized. Problem solved. Faulty hard disk.