Motherboard or cpu failure

Hello, I have a Dell n5110 laptop that stalls during startup. HHD makes several clicks on pwer-up then stops. After pressing the enter key it starts just fine. Thought it was the drive and have replaced with a new one with a new install of Win7, the same result the drive stops after a few seconds. New cmos battery and updated bios. Is it the motherboard or processor?
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  1. sounds like the hard drive controller on the motherboard is failing.
  2. Thought it was the motherboard. Have another on order, we will see
  3. Yup, motherboard. Got a NOS board replaced everything. Works like a charm.
  4. Glad to hear you got it worked out... :-)
  5. Glad to hear you got it worked out... :-)
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