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Laptop will not boot up c640

I just bought a motherboard from ebay put everything back together and it boots up and ask to hit f1 which I did and remove some spyware. Afterwards I was trying to print something it got hung so I held the power button in until it turned off. When I tried to turn it back on it appears that the hard drive is not being recognized. When I got the motherboard I only added the keyboard and monitor with the same model. What could be causing it not to boot.

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What program told you to hit F1 to remove spyware? I'm wondering if the machine is virused or spyware'd up to the hilt...
Check the boot order in the Bios- make sure you can see the hard drive in there - if not try reseating the hard drive and check the black interface bar on the end of the hard drive. It's possible the drive got corrupted when you did a power off too. Provided you can see the drive in the bios- boot to the xp- cd using the F12 on bootup- and go to recovery console- type in chkdsk /r and repair the disk errors. This works about 35-45% of the time. There are other recovery commands you can try too- but you need the xp cd to try them. Hope that helps. If you can't see the hard drive in the bios- try another drive you know is good, or put the 2.5 inch drive on a usb external interface and check if you can "see" it on another computer.

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