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laptop..boot from cd..then says..checking hardware..then never progresses

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Jun 12, 2001
I got a buddies Dell Latitude D800 I built for him last year....something happened during a storm and now it wont post...

I put in some new memory and it gets to the "checking hardware" screen and then never comes back up.

I ordered a new HD for it and ordered the wrong one...got to track one down now...

any idea what it might be before I spend more time on it...?

might see if he can buy a new one as its for his "girl" and we know how that is

laptop is still good but I am on time crunch and he needs it in 6 days...