Operating System Not Found?

June 21, 2010 at 12:46:22
Specs: Windows XP
My computer will not seem to restart. I thought
maybe it was a hard drive problem so I
purchased a new one. It still will not reboot.
Here's what happened.

One day I woke up and my computer says this
when trying to reboot it...

yadda yadda yadda
PXE-E61: Media Test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting broadcom PXE ROM.
Operating system not found

That's the jist of it. Now I've had many
problems before with this computer's hard drive
so I figured it was just time to get a new one. I
got it, installed it into the laptop, go to boot
from my XP cd, and it still does this. It acts
like it's not even trying to boot from the XP cd
but I can hear and feel the Cd drive spinning
whenever I start it. Could there be a cable
loose or something? I really can't get into
anything other than the boot menu unless
somebody knows something I don't. Please
help me?


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#1
June 21, 2010 at 13:04:06
The boot order has changed. The whole "yadda yadda" thing means your system is attempting to boot off a network but no network is present. Disable network booting & set the boot order to CD, HDD.

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#2
June 21, 2010 at 14:18:16
... enter your bios to do the above, save settings on exit of bios!

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#3
June 21, 2010 at 15:37:02
This isn't necessarily a boot order issue. If the boot hard drive failed, you'd get the same thing (computer tries and fails to boot from HDD, then moves down the list eventually trying network boot).

I would recommend using a live CD to boot and run diagnostics on your hard drive. Even the Windows installation CD would work for this.

If you can verify that the disk is undamaged and still bootable, then you can start looking at bios settings.


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#4
June 21, 2010 at 19:01:51
Also it is not too remote a possibility that you have a bad memory card. Boot to Memtest (prepare a bootable CD with Memtest ISO image download) and run it. This (like Live CD) will also be seeing if other major components work without needing to access your hard drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#5
June 21, 2010 at 23:24:14
... if the pc is round about 5+ years old consider changing the (watch type) cmos battery as it controls the bios settings!


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