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Try to change the device on the bios boot form hdd. and disable the aether device. if not work look if bios can't recognize the hdd if not you hdd is broken and you need to change, if it recognize the hdd you do a check disk form windows and fixmbr and fixboot.
bonus: if you had the driver updated, rebooted the computer and that's how you ended up with no sound.. you can do a driver rollback by going into the sound device properties and in the driver tab do a rollback driver, hopefully that will get the previous driver back into your system.
Right click on My Computer. Click Manage In the left pane, click Device Manager In the right pane, expand "Sound, video and game controllers" Does your device show up there? Are there any unknown devices?
Try entering your laptop model into this, and downloading the audio drivers. Double click to run or use HP's automatic install.