Posted 09 September 2010 - 08:28 AM
I hope I am posting this in the correct forum.
When I boot my laptop it sends me directly to a black screen, which then reads the following:
PXE-E61: Media test Failure, Check Cable
PXE-M0F - Exiting PXE ROM
Operating System Not Found _
I have a Dell Studio 1558, Windows 7, Intel i5 CPU M 520 @ 2.40GHz, 500GB Toshiba HD, BIOS vA04
Let me give you a brief summary of events. Last night I was recording on my laptop using Audacity. When I went to record multiple tracks the computer froze. I could not Ctrl-Alt-Del out of it, so I did a hard restart. After hard restart, the laptop would no longer reboot, it went directly to the screen mentioned above. When it tries to boot, it makes repetitive faint sounds, almost like there's an insect stuck in there (but very faint). I know that sounds weird, but it's the only way I can describe it.
I read the other posts related to this issue, and since none were related to my make/model laptop I took bits and pieces of instructions but did not feel confident enough to make any real changes. A brief explanation of what I have done so far:
Opened up the laptop, unscrewed and removed HD, blew on connectors and replaced. Went into BIOS, disabled Integrated NIC. Reorganized boot order to the following:
After disabling NIC, the PXE error message is gone on reboot, but now I simply get a black screen that says "Operating System Not Found _"
It looks like BIOS does not recognize my HD exists (Fixed HDD: None). System Date and Time are accurate.
I REALLY hope the HD can be saved here - I haven't backed it up in about 6 months (stupid yes I know). Any and all suggestions are much appreciated. Thank you for your help in advance!!!