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Cannot locate hard disk drive...

When i power on the system the green and blue light flashes and then it power off. and then it shows that it cannot locate the hard disk drive...

No picture and no connection???????

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  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2008

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Its because the HDD (hard disk drive) has failed. Just replace with any SATA 2.5'' Laptop HDD. Install. Power on. And follow the setup.

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