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Laptop can't get past POST

My Preario 700, on power up with either battery or mains, will not get past POST. If I hit when the little white square appears I see the POST happening and it gets stuck at "ATAPI CD-ROM: sR243T" and will remain there until quite possibly the next ice age. If I hit F10 it proclaims that it is entering setup but again, it will just sit there until the end of the universe as we know it.

Any suggestions ??
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It sound's like you're having a cmos issue. The controller card for the cd-rom is hanging waiting for something else to run. Remove any media (cds etc) from the machine and start it again. Enter the cmos and turn the CD rom off as one of the boot devices. Then try to restart the computer. If this doesn't work then I would guess that the installed OS is fried and needs to be reinstalled as the only other thing that could cause this is a corrupted ini or dll file that the system can't read that is necessary for the cd rom to operate or function properly.

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