Emachine, new hard drive

Emachines / W4620
January 5, 2009 at 20:28:05
Specs: XP home, 120GB
Hey guys remember me? I am the one with the emachine hard drive problem. They shut off the old thread so I had to start a new one. Anyways here is what I found. I took the emachine to a local computer place, he took out the hard drive and said that I did have it connected and jumpered properly. That is all he could tell me and said that he would have to send it out to be looked at. Since this is a pretty old computer I really don't want to sink a lot of money into it. I was hoping I could fix it myself. So any ideas on why the Bios insn't finding the new hard drive? It says [None] under the master. I have reset the bios to default and saved it. But still no luck. So what is next. Thanks...

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January 5, 2009 at 23:54:12

Logically, you need a bios upgrade or a smaller drive. No bios upgrade showed on the download page for that model but you might want to email them to see if one's available

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January 6, 2009 at 06:01:31
From your other thread, here's the problem:

"Then the black screen comes on and says:
Broadcom UNDI PXE 2.1 v8.2.6
Copyright (c) 2000-2005 Broadcom Corp.
All rights reserved
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Broadcom PXE ROM
Operating System not found"

You have the system configured to boot off a network.

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January 6, 2009 at 08:41:24
To expand on the response by jam above. The solution is to reset the boot order in the BIOS (setup). I recommend you set it for CD first then HDD0.

It sounds like the old drive is not bad. You may be able to reconnect it and return to what you had before this problem.

Evidently someone must have changed the boot order.


After reviewing the old thread I see where you have attempted to change the boot order.

It is possible your have two issues which may or may not be related.

If the boot order was/is set for a network boot you can try resetting it to CD then HD.

The disk you were trying to boot to may not be a good disk and that is why you couldn't boot from the CD.

If you don't insert a CD at all the laptop should attempt to boot from the hard drive. The hard drive contains not bootable data so you will get a message for invavid media or similar.

If you get that then I suggest you reinstall the original hard drive and try booting to it.

At some point you must have changed the boot order back to local drives from a network boot setting.

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