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Help with win xp problem

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August 21, 2010 7:10:37 PM

I have an older Gateway laptop with win xp on it. I lent it out and got it back with a problem. Hope someone can help.
When i boot it up, it goes through the motions and when win tries to start I get the blue screen on death, then it reboots, which starts the process all over again. I tried to reinstall win xp but I get another blue screen which states there is no hard drive detected. Any thoughts?

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August 21, 2010 10:21:34 PM

Do you hear any odd noises coming from the hard drive?
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August 21, 2010 10:39:57 PM

no noises. nothing unusual
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August 22, 2010 12:20:32 AM

Pull the hard drive out and put it in another computer. If it's not detected there, you have a bad hard drive.
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August 22, 2010 12:46:36 AM

I'll try it, let you know. thanks

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August 26, 2010 10:40:04 PM

i tried a different hd in the computer and when I try to install win xp it still comes up saying that there is no hard drive installed. I guess it's not the hd, what else could it be?
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