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Trouble booting up! please help

Powers up, i hear the hard drive clicking and humming and fan comes on, but nothing appears on the monitor ,the odd time it will boot up and i am able to get in to windows but vary rarely(and when it does work if i move the laptop it will freeze and i have to reboot)! pleas help thanks

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Re: trouble booting up! please help

This could be caused by one of several things. One is a loose memory card another is a bad hard drive. My suggestion is that if you can boot into Windows, that you offload whatever you can to removable media. Then, reseat the memory and unplug and replug in the hard drive. If that doesn't make the problem go away, replace hard drive and use the recovery software to reinstall Windows and your other programs.

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