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Unable to boot after intall of new HD

Got a dell dim 4700 from a friend who had removed the hard drive in an effort to sanitize it..Sooo, I bought a new 500 GB SATA HD and installed it thinking I could just reload the OS..Welll...when I plug it in and turn it on, the screen remains blank/black and the green power light/working light remain lit constantly with the cd rom drive lights flashing alternately...Is the CPU now bad?? I have tried uninstalling modules and reinstalling with no luck...Just solid green power light and flashing, non responsive cd ROM drives.....Can anybody please help....Thanks scooterhead

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Plz try by resiting the ram

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