new hard drive installation problem

February 2, 2011 at 16:42:20
Specs: xp
i have a toshiba satellite a105-s4274 and i tried to reformat it and after it went most of the way thru i got a "ntldr is missing hit ctrl alt del to exit" and called toshiba they said hard drive was no good so i buy a new hd and put it in and am getting this error with the recovery cd in

pxe-e61: media test failure, check cable
pxe-m0f: exiting intel boot agent.
operating system not found

toshiba said i'd need to have a tech look at it which best buy wanted $50 to install it and i already paid 50 for the new hd and the laptop itself is only worth 150 or so, so i'd like to get this fixed or just sell it, any info would be appreciated

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February 2, 2011 at 18:14:29
Go into cmos/bios setup and set the cdrom as the first boot device. If after that it doesn't boot from the recovery cd then the cd is bad or the cdrom is bad.

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February 2, 2011 at 20:13:39
i set cd/dvd as 1st and it did the same thing, had this laptop for 3 years and never reformated it, decided to to get rid of spyware and the original hard drive got "ntldr is missing error hit ctrl alt del to restart" after i tried to reformat, if the recovery cd is bad would it mess up the computer? and wouldn't that be toshiba's fault?

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February 2, 2011 at 21:11:38
With some bios' a boot device needs to not only be on the boot order list but also be separately enabled. I'm not sure if that's the way with yours. You should be able to check that in the user guide. If you don't have it you can download it here:

I'm not sure if your disk is a cd or dvd. Assuming both the disk and drive are good then the only reason I can think why it wouldn't boot is in the unlikely event a dvd drive was replaced with a cdrom that won't read a dvd.

Otherwise check the manual and verify that everything is configured right. Oh, and you can probably check the disk in another computer to see if it's good. If it's good it'll boot up in a good drive. All you need to know is if it'll boot. The restore process won't start on its own and even if you did start it on a non-compatible PC you'd get an error message.

Oh, and a bad recovery disk won't hurt the computer and it wouldn't matter if it was Toshiba's fault unless the laptop was still under warranty.

The mantra of the aging hippie--"Power to the government, right on"

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