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After you remove the hard disk, did you try to boot the machine with a bootable flash drive or CD/DVD? Booting from a Live Linux disc you create on a different machine (free for download and use) or something like that will determine if the rest of the machine has any issues or not. If it will boot like that, then you may have a faulty hard disk, and need to replace it. I hope you have been backing up your data if this is the case.
Turn off the computer Henry then turn it back on and hold down the alt key and tap F10 and make sure you remove any disks from the CD drive. It would appear that the hard drive is having boot sector issues.
It sounds like the hard disk is faulty, the machine is trying to boot via the network card as it cannot find a bootable disk. You could try removing the hard drive and reseating it but the disk could be dead.
It looks like your hard disk went invisible, and BIOS is trying all alternative boot options before it says that there's no boot device available. I'm afraid that the most probable diagnosis is that the hard disk is broken; anyway you'll need hands-on service to establish what's wrong and what can be done.
Usually system stops at the startup screen or the startup logo, when it finds some fault in detecting the IDE drives(ie,your harddisk or cd drive), if you dint get any get stuck in the logo, you have to see what happens at the background by clicking on f1 key or f12 or TAB or some key to show the activity rather than logo.....
After seeing the error we can conclude or decide about the problem, but when you were not able to see the screen after pressing any key as specified in your manual, Or it hangs after the LOGO screen, this must be problem with your harddrive, try changing the harddish or try connecting once again by removing it...
Hi there It sounds like the hard drive is faulty and has some bad sectors on it. Take the hard drive and boot the machine to rule out any other possibilities of problems with the laptop itself, if it stays on and just says hard disk not found you know its the hard drive. You need to have the hard drive checked for possible bad sectors and have them repaired or maybe even have to purchase a new drive.