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I bought a laptop from ebay but every time i try to turn on the computer i get this media test fail and the screen shows error message non-system disk or disk error replace and strike any key when ready

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Hello, the 'media test failure' message just means it's not got a network connected to it as it's trying all boot options to try to find a valid boot file somewhere (anywhere!)
Either you've got a floppy disk in the drive as all computers will attempt to boot from the A: drive if there's a floppy disk in it. Just eject it and try booting again.
Another possibility is that the previous owner of the laptop didn't want any of their data that may have been on it from getting misused, so erased the hard drive.
In this case, you'll have to buy a copy of the Operating System you wish to use, go to the HP support website and download all the drivers onto a memory stick and do a new install, which isn't a bad idea anyway as at least you know it'll be free of nasties and viruses.
Regards,
nicam49
p.s. the hp website is
www.hp.com/support
just answer the country q?, type in your model, and select download drivers.

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