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Hp a305w will not boot to windows

Turn computer on , and will stay on a blinking cursor , will not allow a fresh install of os. changed out all parts i can think of, hd,ram,cd rom, cant get nowhere. help! have this problem on 2 hp computers, a305w and a 350!

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I solved a similar problem I had by pressing the function keys upon booting up. Then, when I found the correct buttons to get into the bios, I was able to set the correct boot-up device(s).

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