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When i boot it up it makes a type of spinning sound in the computer then a screen pops up and shows a question mark flashing

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Sounds like the hard drive may be bad. Kind of like the heads are banging together, try a different hard drive in there and reset the laptop back to factory defaults. If you have the disks, i'll walk you thru it.

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