hi my daughter bought a 2003 IBM think pad

January 15, 2011 at 16:47:46
Specs: Windows xp
this is a 2003 IBM think pad T42, she purchased it off of e-bay and it says ..... PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable and it also says operating system not found, she is wanting me to buy it from her but I really need to know if it is worth it for me or not!!! Can you please help??
Thank You
Gail

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#1
January 15, 2011 at 16:59:11
Never buy something from eBay if you're not sure if it's not working properly or not.

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#2
January 15, 2011 at 17:35:45
I don't know how familiar you are with computers, but the PXE-E61 message means the laptop is attempting to boot off a network. This can mean one of 2 things: either the boot order is incorrect (possibly due to a bad CMOS battery) or the hard drive is bad (or there is no hard drive installed).

The 1st thing to do would be to enter the BIOS & check to see if a hard drive is being detected or not. If it is, check the boot order to make sure the hard drive is listed before the network. If it's possible, just disable the network boot option altogether. Also, check the date/time. If it's reset to a date in 2003, the CMOS battery needs replacing.


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#3
January 16, 2011 at 14:13:57
Contact the seller fast. They may have claimed it was working, take it back.

Usually means there is no operating system. Either fix it as above maybe with bios to select hard drive (if there is on installed).

Consider linux if no restore disks came with it.

If you did get the restore disks or you can access a restore partition then maybe you can get it working.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#4
January 16, 2011 at 14:15:21
We can probably get something working on it so you could surf the net at least. Post back here or on new thread results.

I agree, ebay is a big source of junk.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#5
January 20, 2011 at 13:09:04
I dont know how to access the bios! Is there any way that someone can give me step by step instructions. I did see other comments form someone else and it was suggested to check the bios and I attempted that and I got nothing but the same thing :no operating system found" then there is another saying that no media is found! I dont want to but this from her especially if I cant get it to work, I have a funny feeling that the computer is just a piece of sh**! sorry but that is my opinion!

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#6
January 20, 2011 at 14:12:52
Why even bother. if you can't use it, it's her lesson.

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