The present processor is an AMD Turion RM-75 and I tried out another functional processor supported by my motherboard, mentioned in the HP service manual, AMD Turion Ultra RM-82, but it too resulted in the same error.
I also tried to dead flash the BIOS but it just wouldn't read pen drives.
I am really in a soup as my friend is now insisting that I get him a new laptop. I would appreciate any kind of help / suggestion / advice in this regard.
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