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Bios Help? Motherboard? How to fix?

Hello i have an HP a1640n model desktop. I recently got a message that said "Drive A check,
Floppy drive a: system halt"

I dont know how to get past this?

the computer also beeps fast and constantly.
The keyboard also works, but nothing is lighted up when i get this black screen with the errors. can you help? please

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The most likely cause is your hard drive has stopped being detected for some reason. You would need to go into the CMOS setup utility and check and see if the drive is listed there. Usually there is a shortcut key you push like F1, F2, Del, F12 (it varies from computer to computer). Start trying these keys right after powering on the PC (within one or two seconds). The actual screens also vary from PC to PC, making it difficult to describe further clarification on what these will look like.

If you're comfortable with opening your PC you can check and make sure the power and data cables are securely connected.

Sometimes inexplicably the simple act of blowing all the dust and other crud out of a PC helps with this. If you haven't done that for a while...stranger things have happened.

If all else fails you may have to buy a new hard drive and re-install your OS. Before that I would recommend taking the PC to someone who can look at it in person and really determine the issue.

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