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Re: "Hard disk boot sector invalid"

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Yes, during the installation WinXP will ask to create a partition then
formats it (not a quick format).


Re: "Hard disk boot sector invalid"

This sounds like the machine has a bad motherboard; that is not certain,
it's a good guess, but in these cases you usually can only deduce the
cause by eliminating other possible causes.

If there is nothing particularly imporant about this laptop, the best
solution is to sell it on E-Bay for parts, being honest about it's
condition.  If you want to fix THIS laptop rather than just getting
another laptop, the best answer is to look for a laptop of the same
model on E-Bay that is working or that has a broken screen, or, possibly
just a motherboard from such a laptop.  The cost of "repairing" a bad
motherboard in a 5-year old laptop should not exceed about $50 if you
can do the actual work yourself and just need the parts (e.g. a new

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