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While cranking, the CEL should be off. The fact that it is on means the computer is not getting a crank sensor signal. Do you have any test equipment like a diagnostic tool? If not then i would start by inspecting the crank sensor connector, wiring and tone ring. If nothing obvious is seen then replace the sensor. This missing input will result in no ignition spark.
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So there is something else wrong with the check engine light then, that would require a diagnostic tool.
Can you check the fuel pressure, injector pulse, and compression?