Cant get into bios...Laptop

Gateway / 702GE
December 13, 2010 at 10:43:23
Specs: Windows XP, 3.2 GHz / 1512 MB
NEWBIE HELP
I started earlier today another post because I was getting this error message from a computer I bought in auction (and which I assume has no operating software)I cant afford a new computer thats why I bought this one hoping I could with help from u guys make it to run...

this is the message I get: Intel UNDI.OXE2.0 (build082)
copy right (C) 1997-2000 INTEL Corporation
For Realtek RTL8139(X)?8130/810x PCI fast ethernet controller V2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61: Media test failure. Check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting PXE ROM

I was told by several people to get into bios...but I cant. I tried Hp info which is F10 or F1 doesnt work. Tried F8, delete, F2 try pressing many buttons hoping it would hang and offer bios but nothing.

This computer had no cd with it...but I got today a COmpaq xp cd from a friend...but since its media ....it wont start the cd.

Therefore anything else of solution to get into bios....or to read the cd or what? Laptop is a compaq V2000 presario.

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#1
December 13, 2010 at 10:50:48
You need to go back to the auctioneers and get a BIOS password. There is no other way to get into the BIOS.

You could contact Gateway for help but I don't know if they can do much for you.

The computer currently appears to be trying to boot to a network. Possible some other keystrokes MAY allow you to change that but I don't think so.

Download a manual from Gateway to check.


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#2
December 13, 2010 at 11:26:01
Have you tried esc to get a boot order....starting without a hard drive or using a usb keyboard.

From your post....I didn't see that it is asking for a password.


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#3
December 13, 2010 at 12:06:15
On HP computers, pressing F9 during boot up will give you the boot order option.

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#4
December 13, 2010 at 15:19:33
There is no hard drive....I justfound out...but I was told it should get to bios anyway...is that trued?

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#5
December 13, 2010 at 15:37:23
The computer should POST and show a message stating something like no system disk.

Your current boot order is set to boot to the network. If possible you need to change that to CD first, then hard drive.

Did you buy that laptop from a legitimate auction? Did you know there was no hard drive?


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#6
December 13, 2010 at 15:42:12
NO I didnt know there was no hard drive. They only mentionned it powered up. This is an auction that happens once a month in my city...I knew I was taking a chance but Im thinking if I can fix it for couple of bucks more then its fine for my needs.

Of course when we buy there (auction) its as is... but anyway without the hard drive I cant get into bios....does it mean taht with a hard drive it woud allowme?

I got a drive this afternoon from a friend who upgraded his compaq...but I need to buy the connector(which is also gone).

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#7
December 13, 2010 at 20:42:31
I think you need a caddy to hold the hard drive. You need to first see if you can change to boot order. Because if you can't do that then installing a hard drive will be a waste of money. You won't be able to install Windows because you won't be able to boot to the CD drive and eventually set the boot order to boot to the hard drive.

Download the manual and specs for the laptop.

I found a review that is linked below that states that laptop can have TWO hard drives. You need to download the maintenance manual to learn where to look. That is also linked below along with a link to download drivers and another review.

http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manua...

http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/prod...

http://www.notebookreview.com/defau...

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...


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#8
December 14, 2010 at 08:41:05
ok here is my question If I remove the battery...like they mention in manual...it will reset the CMOS....does it mean then that the computer will either give me access to bios or that bios will be reset to hard drive and cd?

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#9
December 14, 2010 at 09:28:39
This may be a dumb question ,but are you tapping f10 before you see
Intel UNDI.OXE2.0 (build082)
copy right (C) 1997-2000 INTEL Corporation
For Realtek RTL8139(X)?8130/810x PCI fast ethernet controller V2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61: Media test failure. Check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting PXE ROM


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#10
December 14, 2010 at 09:34:28
Yes I actually tap it before compaq flashes(because it opens quite fast!) during it flashes tried just before the error messages appears and even during!

Tried F10-F1 F2 del F8 F6....even tried removing a memory card hoping to get an error message and get into bios...even tried tapping 10 buttons at a time hoping to get an error message and get into bios.... I really dont have much more ideas.... I know I heard some bios are written into hard drive...so since I have no hard drive is taht possible? if so if I install a hard drive could it work.dont want to spend more money if I cant get into bios and reset order to cd

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#11
December 14, 2010 at 10:00:05
Removing the battery will not clear the problem. Laptops have lots of security features and also used as anti-theft measures.

The fact that your laptop has no hard drive is an indication the laptop might not have been legally turned over to the auctioneer. We are taking your explanation at face value. I would contact Compaq and try to determine if that laptop was reported as stolen. If so, go back to the auctioneer and demand a refund.

How much did you pay for the laptop anyway?


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#12
December 14, 2010 at 10:12:23
I paid 35$. I thought they took the hard drive off so no info could be recovered ( a friend of mine menionned that could be the reason....or that it was a big hard drive worth money). I for sure did not steal it (if it was implied in your question). Im a graduate student thats why the budget issue...and the need, if possible, of a laptop. If I cant get into the bios this week ill stop working for it and try to resell it to get as much as my money back. So any info on how to get into the bios so I can reset to cd would be appreciated.

Manufacturer: Gateway
Model: 702GE
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 3.2 GHz / 1013 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Sound Card: Realtek High


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#13
December 14, 2010 at 12:33:43
I implied that someone may have stolen the laptop and resold it. Newer laptops may have multiple passwords on them that can't be circumvented. One is on the hard drive. So it is common for laptops to be available without hard drives.

I still suggest you contact Compaq, at least go to their site and browse their FAQ list.

Response #3 suggested F9 may get your to the boot selection. Did you try that.

Hard drives vary in price but I doubt they removed it for the value of the drive. Either to keep data out of others hands or because there was a password on the drive.


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