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My computer won't boot, I just get a black screen that gives me two options, bios menu and something else f2 or F12

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IF you cannot resume with the Operating system..try to go to Bios and set up the boot priority 1 = hard disc,

If this wont still work, your Operatiting system might be corrupted.. go to bios again and set up the boot priority 1 = cdrom.. next, try to insert the installation disc of your OS but do not install it, select option: REPAIR only.

If the cdrom would not boot, unplug the battery of the bios, then put it back again correctly. After this, boot again your cd.. Thanks..! dont forget to comment if you like my post.

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