Solved Dell Dimension 4500S only attempts PXE boot, which fails...

December 9, 2013 at 13:48:44
Specs: Windows 7, Pentium 4, 512mg
I have a Dell Dimension 4500S that had been booting just fine, then suddenly now it won't do anything but this PXE boot, which fails, by saying, after it does this weird PXE thing, "Failed to load boot image. Press Ctrl + T to try again," which fails again. I have checked everything I can think of but it won't boot off anything besides that, even though Setup sees the hard drive and the CD drive, and no matter what I enable or set as boot default. I tried a different power supply, same result. Anyone have a clue?? thanks

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December 11, 2013 at 01:32:01
I appreciate all of the above replies. I think it must be the motherboard, then, because I have tested both hard drive and CD drive in another system and both work fine. I have checked the BIOS settings which would disable the PXE boot (changing the setting did nothing), and also changing the boot order, enabling and disabling various items, nothing works. So I think it must be the board. I appreciate all of your suggestions very much.


#1
December 9, 2013 at 14:00:45
Sounds like your hard disk is not bootable and you have no bootable disk in the CD drive. So, after trying to boot off those two, and failing, it next tries to boot off the network.

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December 9, 2013 at 14:05:38
Hard drive would be the prime suspect.
When booting from the hard drive fails the BIOS will attempt to boot from the next device in line which is usually the network. As that can only work under some very specific conditions that too fails with the message given.

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#3
December 9, 2013 at 15:22:30
A lot of times there is a BIOS setting you might be missing to turn PXE boot on or off. I'm assuming you're trying a reboot to boot from a CD or something.

Also you might want to check your boot order in the BIOS. Shut off network boot if you can or at least put it at the bottom of the list.

If your system is failing to detect both the hard drive AND the cd drive, that's a good indication you might have a bum motherboard to deal with.


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December 11, 2013 at 01:32:01
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I appreciate all of the above replies. I think it must be the motherboard, then, because I have tested both hard drive and CD drive in another system and both work fine. I have checked the BIOS settings which would disable the PXE boot (changing the setting did nothing), and also changing the boot order, enabling and disabling various items, nothing works. So I think it must be the board. I appreciate all of your suggestions very much.

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