How to Troubleshoot My Compaq Presario F500

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How to Troubleshoot My Compaq Presario F500
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The Compaq Presario F500 is a notebook computer that is part of the Presario family of desktops and notebooks running Windows XP or Windows Vista. Through the HP website, you can find troubleshooting checklists available online that can assist you in resolving many of the start up and boot problems that occur. It is strongly advised that you visit the HP website and download the "Resolving Start Up and No Boot Problems Checklist" to assist you in troubleshooting your notebook.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


    Preparing to Troubleshoot your Notebook

  1. 1

    Disconnect all USB, media cards and peripheral devices from your notebook. This is to assist you in isolating hardware and software problems with the notebook and its components.

  2. 2

    Disconnect the AC adaptor and remove the battery pack. Press and hold the power button for at least 15 seconds to clear all electricity running through the system.

  3. 3

    Reconnect the AC adaptor, but do not install the battery pack. Press the power button, and look for glowing or blinking LED lights and listen for the sound of the fan and disk drive operating. If the computer does not start or is not operating normally, identify the specific symptom and take the recommended actions listed in your Checklist and Service Manual.

    Troubleshooting the Notebook

  1. 1

    Test the AC adaptor, power cord and battery pack if you see no LED lights or the display remains black when you attempt to power on the laptop. These symptoms are an indication of a power supply problem. Switching the AC adaptor, power cord and battery pack with components that you know are not defective is an effective way to test for power supply problems. Contact a technician if there is no battery or AC power to the notebook.

  2. 2

    Perform additional diagnostics if you hear beeping sounds during start up of the laptop or if you see LED lights blinking but the operating system fails to load. If you are familiar with beep codes and Postcodes, perform the specific diagnostic or task associated with the code. Contact a technician if you need additional assistance.

  3. 3

    Examine your display, drives and external devices, if you observe error messages on a black screen during the boot process. Look for incorrect connections, device failures or conflicts. Visit the HP and Microsoft websites for specific instructions concerning the displayed error messages and follow all instructions provided for the resolution of the problem. Continue to the last step for using your recovery disk if you still have unresolved problems.

  4. 4

    Remove any recently installed applications or devices if your laptop has a blue screen, fails to continue booting after the Windows logo screen appears, or if the laptop continually restarts without prompting. Review the application's documentation for specific installation and memory requirements. Additionally, some applications may have improperly installed, or a virus or other malware may infect your laptop. Scan your computer with an updated antivirus program after successfully restarting your computer.

    If removal of recently installed applications fails to solve your problem, continue to the next step to restore your laptop to its original condition.

  5. 5

    Insert your system recovery disk into your CD-DVD drive to restore your laptop to its original state if none of the previous steps solved the problem. Follow all on screen prompts to complete the recovery. Have your Product Activation Key available for insertion when prompted.

    Install the latest updates and patches from both the HP and Microsoft websites once you have restored the laptop to its original condition. This will stabilise the software and prevent other start up problems from occurring. Reinstall an updated version of your antivirus software and perform a full system scan to insure that no viruses or other malware infect external media devices.

Tips and warnings

  • Update your notebook after troubleshooting. You should install the latest updates and patches to prevent other start up or boot problems. You can find updates at both the HP and Microsoft support sites. Run updated antivirus software to insure that no viruses or malware infect the system.

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