Computer wont start=message media test fail

December 13, 2010 at 07:30:36
Specs: Windows XP, 3.2 GHz / 1512 MB
I bought a used laptop in an auction last weekend. Comes with no info of course. Battery seems to hold charge (dunno for how long though). Its a compaq V2000.

When it starts it gives me a repeating message Media test fail. ( it writes that then disapear as if retrying to start then rewrites it on and on).

Anyone can tell me what needs to be done?
(details appreciated since this is my first laptop and since Im not quite good with computers but normally with your help manages to fix things!)
Is it taht I need to reinstall Xp if so I dont have the computer disk or anything...

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 07:43:10
Your bios Setup Boot Order or similar settings are probably set wrong.

See Response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...
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You can find out all you need to know on the HP site about your laptop. They have downloads for it if you need them, and probably even have a Mantenance manual for the model series as well as an Owner's or User's manual.
Search using the model number, or better still, the specific model number, or the part number - p/n - on the label on the bottom of the laptop - you don't need the # and whatever is after that when searching.
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A laptop main battery that's older than about two years should be replaced if you want to have a decent amount of run time when it's running on the battery alone.
How to determine whether the charging system is okay

Laptop no video (or video problems), and battery, AC adapter, power jack T shooting.
See response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...
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If you need to reload Windows, you can order the Recovery disks for the model if there is a listing for them on the Downloads page for the model for a lot less money than it would cost you to buy just a new OEM XP Home SP3 CD (the cheapest kind of XP CD to buy)..

If there is no listing there, you can borrow someone else's regular Microsoft OEM XP CD of the same version - Home or Pro - and install Windows using the OEM Product Key on the official Microsoft label on the bottom of the laptop. The CD must have "For distribution with a new PC only." printed on it.
An XP re-installation CD for another brand name computer will probably refuse to install.


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#2
December 13, 2010 at 07:53:05
┬╗Couldnt get into bios (tried f10, f8, F2) with no success.

BUT the link you sent is exaclty the error message I get....


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#3
December 13, 2010 at 07:53:44
U bought a bad laptop for the aim fixing it right?
First u have to enter bios(when u start the system tap F2 or DEL key to enter bios) and check if hdd and optical drive are recognized. I recommend to load defaults settings then change the boot order(1.Fdd 2.Cd drive 3.Hdd etc), enter the os disc then save and exit. Now u should see "press any key to boot from cd drive".

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires piece prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#4
December 13, 2010 at 08:01:33
F2 didnt work either...It might be possible they removed the operation system....I have a xpboot cd and inserted it ( i can hear the drive working) but nothginelse happens...probably since I cant change the order in bios???

Any suggestion...
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

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 08:12:46
Try DEL key or tap F12 key then choose the drive to boot(choose cd drive).


edit: also u can pause the post screen(by pressing the PAUSE/BREAK key), this will allow u to see the correct key for entering BIOS and BOOTMANAGER.
We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires piece prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#6
December 13, 2010 at 08:18:56
You should be able to get into the bios Setup even when no hard drive is installed, if no password is required to get into it; if it requires a password you would be prompted to provide one.

The key you need to press to get into Setup is often shown on the screen while booting, BEFORE the bios attempts to access drives. If you see that you must press the key while that line is on the screen.

Many laptops also display a line "Press xxx to select Boot device" or similar - if you see that, press the key while that line is still on the screen, select the hard drive.

Go to the HP web site and download the User's or Owner's manual for it !
It will tell you in the manual which key you press to get into Setup, and when to press it.
On most computers, if you press the key repeatedly while booting starting very early in the boot sequence, that works - on a few laptops, you're supposed to hold the key down.
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kuwese

Del is probably NEVER used to get into the bios on a laptop, but that's common for generic desktop computers and their retail mboard models.


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#7
December 13, 2010 at 09:00:07
K...stil cant get into it anywayI tried F2-8-10- del- holding or not. When the computer starts I get that error message instantly...WHAT I can say is taht when I did press those buttons and hold them the computer started to bip loudly and then a quick note (flshes quite briefly had to repeat a few time to manage to read) Operating system not found.


I guess it means to install Xp on the computer I have a registration key on the back panel of it....but no cd came with it. I do have for my other computer a XP boot cd but like I said it wont start in the laptop....I hear the dvd drive humming and spinning (so it works) but since I cant get into bios....how can I autorun it? OR is an XP cd boot not good enough I need another one?

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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#8
December 13, 2010 at 09:23:59
Here is the system manual
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires piece prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#9
December 13, 2010 at 09:31:10
I have read the hp manual to enter bios. When the ocmputer starts it flickers the compad logo a freaction of a second then I get the repeating error message.

I tried for atleast 1 hour to close the computer and then press F1-F8-F10 in order to enter bios with no success....All i know is that there is no operating software on this laptop but how can I install if cd is not choosen?

I cant enter bios.

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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#10
December 13, 2010 at 12:03:36

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#11
December 13, 2010 at 12:25:07
The message you posted in response 4 means the laptop is trying to boot off a network. So either your boot order is incorrect or the hard drive is bad (or there is none). Shut the laptop off completely, let it sit for about one minute, then turn it on & immediately start tapping the F10 key.

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#12
December 13, 2010 at 15:18:58
there is no password (none asked). Actually this afternoon I checked....there is no hard drive in it!

A friend of mine gave me his 40gb from a similar compaq (maybe 1 years recent) to try (he upgraded months ago). BUT there is nothing to snap it into. IE the hard drive has those golden pins (tons of them) at the extremity....the computer in the hard drive compartment had golden pins too! therefore Im missing something to get them to snap together... I guess a connector? and if this part is a few dollar I could try to get it somewhere...near my house already found it on ebay though...for like 7$.

Once the borrowed hard drive installed would it then work? Or would it allow me to install/reinstall Xp? If im being told taht this is why I cant enter the bios then I would go ahead and spend that 10$ ...but if since its not the original hard drive...would it lead to other problem?


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#13
December 13, 2010 at 18:53:43
You don't need a hard drive to access the BIOS. And the hard drive that was removed from the laptop most likely has the adpater you need. Probably something like the following:

http://laptopparts.ie/zencart/image...


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#14
December 13, 2010 at 22:48:30
"....there is no hard drive in it!.."

When you have no hard drive, if the boot order list is correct, if there is nothing bootable detected by the bios in the boot order list, the bios will try everything listed in the boot order list until it gets to the network boot listing, then you will get the message you're getting.

All IDE laptop hard drives (2.5") have pins, not contacts, on their data / power header.
SATA hard drives have a socket or two sockets with contacts on either side of it (them) for their data/power connection

A laptop that uses an IDE hard drive often has an adapter you install over the pins so that it can connect to contacts or pins in the laptop's hard drive socket.

As I said above............

"You can find out all you need to know on the HP site about your laptop. They have downloads for it if you need them, and probably even have a Maintenance manual for the model series, as well as an Owner's or User's manual.
Search using the model number, or better still, the specific model number, or the part number - p/n - on the label on the bottom of the laptop - you don't need the # and whatever is after that when searching."

The info about installing a hard drive is in the Maintenance manual !!


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