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Bought used toughbook on ebay, no hard drive or OS. using my old hard drive from broken one. get to bios screen, but will not boot up into windows. I'm guessing some drivers may be jacking me up, how do I get around this issue and boot into windows? tried safe mode

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Reformat the had drive and install a fresh copy of OS from the compact disc.... once the installation is complete, boot up the computer again... if it works, then every thing is perfect....you can go ahead and install the drivers for your devices in the compter...
please clarify if you have any further troubles in installing the OS in your computer...

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