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System will not boot

Have sony vgn-a270 laptop, running xp. it was working fine last week now upon boot up get "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device & press any key"

logged into setup and checked boot order and its correct. reset the default values in setup and rebooted and still get same problem.

also inserted a win98se cd into to cd/dvd player and was able to access the cd drive. also was able to get to a dos prompt and could not get to the c: drive/HD.

after checking internet, it sounds as though the HD, the motherboard or there might be a ram problem.

Can anyone help? My daughter claims she doesn't have the sony recovery disk and i can't figure out what to do. Is there anything i can do? if i have to replace the HD can someone assist me or instruct me how to remove the bottom panel of the laptop.

I've gone to sony and they only have a users manual for my laptop and that doesn't show instructions for back panel removal. the service manual only shows the part numbers, no instructions.

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It sounds like the hdd. If you want to check the ram just take one stick out at a time and try to start it up then replace and take the other one out. To replace the hdd look on the bottom for a picture that looks like a cylinder take the screw out of the cover beside it. Look for screws holding the hdd if there is not any just slide it back and remove. Another solution is to use a live cd like puppy linux or something and run a disk check utility on it to see if the hdd shows up.

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