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HP Pavilion laptop will only boot w/o harddisk, MBR damaged

\015 When booting up, my HP Pavilion DV5-1199ez laptop (running Vista Home Premium) shows the HP logo in the middle and a message saying I can press esc to access startup options. If I hit esc, nothing happens. Hitting F11, same story. The system will not boot from the DVD drive either. The only way to get the laptop to boot is to remove the harddrive. I'm pretty sure the MBR is damaged. I can't try to fix the MBR from the Vista DVD setup menu as the system won't start with the HD in. Any way to get round this?\015

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