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My Hp Compaq presario 2100 (in Bios) lists the hard drive as NONE. The laptop was working ok until it was shut down. Now it will not re-boot, and of course can not find the windows xp operating systeme. Is the motherboard the culprit, or???.

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It could be many things , have you checked the bios to see if primarymaster is set to auto? Maybe the hard drive is at fault? have you tried the drive in another laptop?

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Probably just the Hard Drive... try a replacement. Can you hear the drive spin up? if not then thats more conformation.

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