I have a HP Touchsmart IQ500. Turning my computer PC on today, all I got was a blue HP invent screen with setup, boot menu, system recovery, and system diagnosis, and I could not get past it.
I entered the BIOS and figured out that the hard drive was listed as "not installed." Pretty sure that is the main problem.
I tried a system restore (with the Windows 7 install disc), but I guess the computer couldn't read the hard drive enough to enter safe mode (I tried restarting and F8ing several times).
I put in an external hard drive, and the BIOS read it; however, windows does not allow you to partition an OS on a hard drive.
I am all out of ideas; I'm currently taking apart the computer (touchsmarts are hard to pry open), but I have no clue about computers so I'm hoping one of you guys can help.
Thanks in advance!