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These HPs typically have a partition permitting restoration to a condition of the factory defaults via F10 on rebooting the computer. I would certainly have tried system restore before any destruction return to factory defaults. If you can boot the computer from a USB stick (changing the boot sequence via F1 setup), and have it load in a Linux OS, you can recover some of your data files. PC User June 2011 offered such on its disc. Doubtlessly, an update of the technique is elsewhere available. You will want to update service packs after a restore, very likely.
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need a bit more info to understand what your problem is. Sounds to me like you don't have windows installed and the hard drive was formatted before you got the PC but not a lot to go on from your description. What has your laptop connection got to do with starting or doing a recovery on your desktop PC. Better post again with some more details
You need to go to HPs website and put in the model of your computer and the operating system version ie XP or Vista or Windows 7. It will give you a list of the drivers for your system as it left the factory. Scan the list looking for sound drivers, download, install and then reboot. http://welcome.hp.com/country/uk/en/support.html
It may be that your sound is on mute rather than missing. Check out your sound on control panel, to see if it is on.