Boot Failure: System Halted

Maxtor / 2b010h1
May 28, 2011 at 16:34:17
Specs: Windows XP, 1.2GHz/520MB
Hard drive failing to boot. Switched hard drives...switched cables, power source. Get same results. System error message reads: PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel PXE-ROM
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May 28, 2011 at 22:07:44
A hard drive needs to have an operating system installed on it before it will boot.

The message you are getting indicates you don't have a working operating system on those hard drives. The PXE-MOF message indicates the computer is trying to boot to a network device. That type of boot is used in the business world but not relevant to your situation.

If the computer was previously working then the original hard drive may have died or the operating system was removed by formatting.

You need to supply more details about your problem including the computer model and version of Windows.

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May 29, 2011 at 01:18:26
Tunnelrat here...the model is a Gateway running Windows XP Pro SP3. I copy that about the network...thing is their is no network. The computer was working fine one day, the next day...gone. I tried reloading but it indicated that there was "no disk" present for partitioning or formatting. Hmm. I grabbed a WDC 8GB I had in a mini tower...a working drive I should add. But this one too acted strangely. I ran Drivepro via the floppy and made contact with the WDC....edited the sectors and reloaded. How? Why? I have no idea. I'm going to try the Maxtor in the mini and see what happens over there. Things appear to have been the result of one mean boot virus. I'll get back to you guys...thanks a million.

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May 29, 2011 at 07:32:46
Doesn't matter if you have a network or not. The boot order has that option included so the computer tries to boot from it.

Watch the POST screens at start up to see if the hard drive is being configured by the BIOS. If not, then either the drive is dead or less likely, the cabling is loose.

If you didn't make the restore disks while the drive was operational you will need to purchase a hard drive and a set of restore disks for Gateway. Assuming they are still available. If not, you will need to either borrow a restore set from someone with the same or very similar Gateway computer to get yours working again. Other option is to buy a full version of Windows that is compatible with your computer.

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