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Drives my FG 531 presario is not working properly. The powerturns on but wont let me take to the window screen.

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Re: drives

Hi, Ehfuhg
Good day,
Some (really ) times, we need to reformat our computers, when this kind of problems arise, do it, and use your presario restore disk, don't hesitate, is the better choise in this cases. do too before the Re-Format a bios default reset, and reinstall all.
good Luck

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Does any diagnostic screen show up or nothing at all? If there is you need to refresh the installation setup of windows, you need the Windows OS CD... there you'll find an option to refresh the setup

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