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MY IBM T43 fails to boot

When i power on my laptop it stops booting and gives the message Operating System not found. (sometimes - 1 out of 20 attempts it powers on and consequently shuts down after 5 - 10 mins but most times gives this message and wont start at all). What do you think is wrong?

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Re: MY IBM T43 fails to boot

Take out the hard drive and see if the laptop still shuts down. If it doesn't then your hard drive might be the issue. You can also try reseating your memory.

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