No bootable device--insert disk and press any

March 3, 2011 at 17:04:14
Specs: Windows XP
My computer will not boot normally as of today. When turned on there are 5 repitions of 10 clicks followed by a pause between each 10 clicks. Then on a black screen the followig appear:

Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 084)
Copyright (c) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
For Realtek RTL8139 (x) /8130/810x PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.16 (041224)

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE Rom.
No bootable device--insert boot disk and press any key.

This is an Emachines desktop PC, Intel. T3508.
If you could give me some guidance it would really be appreciated. I am afraid that the hard drive may have gone out but not sure since the PC is only 6 years. A little old but not too bad.

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March 3, 2011 at 17:09:35
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March 3, 2011 at 18:13:44
Two thoughts.
1. Is there a floppy in a: drive

2. Emachines are notorious for having the power supply go out (Best tech). Instead of decreasing they send a power spike through the system.

Have seen a number of desktops that every component is fried.

If this is the original power supply (6yrs old) consider getting a new one soon.
Then get a new hd.

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March 3, 2011 at 18:42:33
Does it have a floppy drive, and is there a disk in the drive? Sometimes, the same problem can arise when CD/DVD is set first in the boot order (and a non-bootable disk is in the drive), but this is not common.

Has the machine been moved around a bit? Sometimes internal cables (IDE cables, power cables, etc) can become loose, resulting in a bad connection. Build-up of dust/tarnishing of contacts can also occur. Open the case and re-seat all the IDE cables, all PCI cards, and RAM modules. Sometimes it's that simple.

Open up the case and try booting the computer. Use your ear to try to determine the source of these clicks (sometimes a short length of hose used like a stethoscope can help isolate the sound). Clicking from a hard drive is usually a symptom of impending failure, although I've never known a failing drive to click in a pattern like you described. The clicking is usually random at first, becoming more constant as the drive nears total failure.

Are you able to boot from a bootable CD/DVD? if so, you can download a bootable image file of the Seagate diagnostics disk (which works on most drive types). Burn the image to CD/DVD media and boot the computer from it. Run the diagnostics tests to determine the health of your hard drive.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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