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Comp wont start up

Tried for a while, the screen that shows bios ver. and ram was coming up but it shut off before windows loaded now nothing,lights flash on front for a few seconds then nothing. i know a bit about computers if i could figure out what it is i could fix it please help

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The hard disk may have died. Check the BIOS and check the hard disk setting, if it appears OK then boot up with a DOS floppy startup boot disk, and select boot up without CD-ROM support, then type fdisk, answer Y to large disk support, select 4 to Display partition information.
If you see all your disk partition the most likely your hard disk is OK.
Most likely you operating system is damaged/corrupted and you will need to reinstall your operating system and drivers for all your devices.

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