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Doesn't boot from HD

The HD has Widows2000 installed and normally boots up. In the BIOS the first choice is to boot up from the HD, secondly CD-ROM, third removable Device and last network Boot When I have the LAN cable plugged it is looking for a bootable server but does not find any. This seems to mean that it try the other three possibilities firts and ending up not finding bootable file. What about the UBCD I have made. Even if I change the BIOS to firts boot up from CD it give the same error. Can it be a hardware problem on the mother board?

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Maybe the cmos battery is dead and is not saving the new boot sequence settings you are trying to enter. Try to obtain another cmos battery and replace it. If it still does that, then there might be some corrupted startup files that is not allowing the computer to boot

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