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Screen wont show boot screen

When i turn on my lat c400 it starts up but when its time to show boot screen nothing comes up ?

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  • tilden nash Dec 08, 2007

    can i get some help please

  • tilden nash Dec 08, 2007

    i tried that but nothing

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Fo to bios options by pressing f2 or del soon the power button is released. thre u can find an option to enable silent boot . turn it on

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