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Every time I try to turn on the computer it seats there until a message "A Recovery Disc or recovery partition cannot be found" I put the recovery DVD in the drive still get the same message.

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What I would do is I would download a linux liveCD (Ubuntu is fine) for free and burn it on a CD or USB. When your system starts, press F12 and boot from the LiveCD and let it run and then see if your harddrive is still accessible. If it is then you have no hardware damage.

Maybe your problem is simpler than that and you just need to tap F12 continuously after you start the computer and select Boot from your DVD and do a system repair

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Go to bios settings by pressing the F2 on start ..and engage the optimal factory defaults feature...confirm with enter Y=yes..and than F10 to save changes.. If the computer still asks for recovery than the operation system is damaged and your recovery disk is either not boot-able or it is just for drivers and do not have a operation system in install will need a boot-able disk with the installer of the windows first and than use the recovery disk to install the software and drivers needed for devices..

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