From: Gail on
Help, please! I posted this earlier but couldn't find in search so reposted.

I turned on my computer and got a black screen with the message: “Reboot
and Select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device
and press a key”

I had no prior warning or problems with my computer.

I hit F1 for the setup menu and there is no hard drive listed under channel
devices on the main Tab! It says [None] for First and Second Channel Device
0 and 1. The CD and DVD drives are listed under Channel Device 0 and 1. For
Installed Memory it says “1024 MB/PC2-3200 and Memory Bank 0 and 2 show 512
MB/DDR2 SDRAM. Core Version says 08.00.10 and BIOS Revision says 3.18

Under Advanced tab, it lists CPU type as Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz with HT
Technology and it lists the CPU Speed and Cache RAM.

If I go to advanced under Boot Device Priority, hard drive group is listed
but has parentheses around it. To the right, it says that means the device
has been disabled in the corresponding type menu, but I don't see it anywhere
as disabled.

I bought this tower several months ago used and it has no warranty. There
was no boot cd with it.

The really scary thing is that I cannot get into safe mode or system
recovery. It just goes back to the black screen with the message when I
press F8 or F10!

Can anyone help with any suggestions other than buying another hard drive?
I am on Social Security and it was a real hardship to buy the last one. It
is a HP Paviliona1023c. I have Windows XP Home SP3.

I will probably have to call a tech to come and look at it, but I thought I
would try you guys first.

Thanks for any suggestions.