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#1 spacedye

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 03:19 PM

happy thanksgiving everyone!!
problem-
my gateway w/ western digital 80gb winxp home, doesnt want to start up anymore. it powers up and goes through the process and stops in iots trax with
PXE-E61 media test fail check cable
PXE-MOF PEE ROM boot failure system halted

i did a search here and found nothing. did a google search and came up with a few things to look at. ive changed the ide cables, swapped out with another HD that is good. nothing solved the issue. i saw that it may be looking to boot from the network card so i pressed F1 to get into setup and changed the boot order to cd then removable media, but didnt see anything to disable network card.
anyone have any suggetiosns or any other help? thanks!

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 03:37 PM

Reference: http://209.85.173.104/search?q=cache:BlNg_...;cd=5&gl=us

Now, my take on this is...the first message tells me that a cable is bad on a device which the system is trying to boot from, while the 2d message indicates that there is something wrong in the BIOS.

Since I know that BIOS problems can create other system problems, I would check the BIOS first for: correct time and date, proper recognition of drives (to included CD/DVD), and boot order. A failing CMOS battery will result in strange things happening with a system, including inability to boot.

CMOS Battery. - http://www.geocities.com/micksmix2000/cmosbatt.html Ignore that bit about a "next day" check of the time.

If you cannot get into the BIOS, then I suggest forcing the BIOS to revert to default settings. This can be done by shorting the motherboard jumper for CMOS settings or it can be done by removing the CR2032 battery from the system.

In your BIOS, you should have the standard boot options (HD, network, CD, etc.). IMO, set the 1st option to boot from IDE-0, which should be your hard drive with the O/S and your programs on it. 2d option s/b an optical drive. There is no reason to utilize the network option and it seems that XP goes to that one automatically whenever it cannot properly boot.

If all checks out with the BIOS/CMOS, then it's probably time to try a Recovery Console command (fixboot).

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Edited by hamluis, 22 November 2007 - 07:26 PM.


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Posted 22 November 2007 - 06:17 PM

I've seen this a few times before. PXE stands for Preboot Execution Environment. I've seen it when a hard drive isn't recognized and the system then tries to boot from a network device that doesn't exist (so it fails).

So, check to see if the hard drive is detected in the BIOS. If so, then check to see if you can run chkdsk on it (by using the Recovery Console), and try running a bootable diagnostic from the manufacturer of the hard drive.
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Posted 23 November 2007 - 04:49 PM

hi thanks for the help everyone..
ive tried pretty much all the suggestions here but still having same issue. i replaced the HD with one i know is operating and its a no go.
i really dont know how to do anything in bios or whatever its called. do i juts type in chkdsk somewhere to run the recorvery console? sorry im really not that good with computers. i rerally appreciate the help.




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