I know enough about computers to get me into trouble.
I was just given a comp by a friend, which is getting "error 3 (STHIVE#0)". I have tried ALL restore options, they unfortunately did not have a Restore Point before the prob started.
I have tried to make a Restore Disk off of my comp, wich did not work. Even though I made sure the CD/DVD was first in the Boot Lineup, it doesn't seem to recognize the any CD/DVD I put into it. I can hear it rev up when I restart the comp, but it still boots from the default boot setup.
I don't have a Windows Vista Installation CD. This is a Pavilion dv9500 Laptop.
Does anyone have any answers to what "I" can do to fix this, other than buying a Installation Disk?
Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.
Since your friend have an HP, the Windows OS key is sticked in the back side of the laptop. So, download a OS DVD of the same version that the key says and install the OS with that DVD BUT with the key that is sticked in the back side.