I am pretty sure a disk has died due to the diagnostics built into the Compac.
I bought this machine, with Vista home premium at the time that Windows 7 was about to come out. I took advantage of the "FREE" upgrade to Win7 (which cost about £30 for the Media and delivery).
I duly installed the update and I have both the original recovery disks and the update disk and both product keys.
To re-install, do I have to start with Vista, or can I just start with the Wn7 Disk?
(Not looking forward to finding out how perfect my backup was, but I am looking forward to a relatively clean machine.
Nov 143, Dec 125, Jan 77, Feb 174, Mar 210, April 384, May 450 Max Day 25.2