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#1 cagedl

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 07:56 PM

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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Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:34 PM

The pxe error usually referrers to a failed attempt to boot from a non-existent network connection.

If you access the BIOS then change the boot order to CD first then hard drive and disable the boot from network option you may be Ok.
Since you estimate the cost of the lap top at only $150 I will assume it is an older one. The problem may be caused by a dyeing CMOS battery. Very cheap to purchase. Should not be difficult to replace although it varies from model to model.

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:59 PM

i read about the network option but i could not find it?

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 09:14 PM

You saw nothing in the BIOS, on any of the screens? It should be located under the heading of boot options\order, start-up options\order. It may not say network. It may mention PXE or LAN.

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 11:32 PM

there's lan but i have no idea how to disable it? and found nothing on google

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 11:48 PM

You may not have the option to disable. But you should be able to move it down in the order. Since you are attempting to reformat and do a clean install you want the CD\DVD or it may be called optical drive listed first. Then the hard drive second. There may be some other options as well as long as the LAN is at least third in the order it should be fine. Do not forget to save the changes before exiting the BIOS and attempting to boot from the CD.

Edited by ThunderZ, 02 February 2011 - 11:49 PM.


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Posted 03 February 2011 - 12:36 AM

it looks like this

1. cd/dvd
2. hdd
3. fdd
4. usb memory
5. lan


on a diff forum a guy is saying i wont be able to use the recovery cds with a different hard drive? and i'd have to buy windows


also i wonder if there's any fix for the original hard drive that gets this error:

"ntldr is missing hit ctrl alt del to restart"

could the cd drive be messed up?

this is just insane that i'd have to spend $50 + probably another $80? for windows = $130 to fix a laptop that's only worth $150 to begin with

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 12:40 AM

There should be no issue using the recovery cd on a different hard drive. If your cdrom is set as the first boot device, shortly after the laptop is powered on you should see a message that says "Press any key to boot from cd...". Hit any key and you should be on your way.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 12:43 AM

The missing ntldr error does not necessarily mean that the hard drive was bad. It does mean that a file(s) needed to boot Windows properly became corrupted.

It is possible that the CD drive is the culprit, or it is possible the CD is damaged\scratched\dirty and therefore unreadable or only partially readable.

I see no reason that the recovery disk would not work, regardless of the new hard drive, as long as they are the ones that belong\came with that machine.

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 03:01 AM

so what can i do to try an fix the original hard drive?

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 07:42 AM

Let me get up to speed on where we are at now.

Is the new drive currently in the machine? What make is the new drive?
If the old drive is in the machine, what make is it?

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 07:18 PM

new drive is in a western digital, old is toshiba

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 11:28 PM

Which drive is currently in the PC.

There are diagnostics that can be burn to a CD and used to test each drive? May as well start with that one. No OS needed.

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:14 AM

where can i find these diagnostics?

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Posted 04 February 2011 - 08:37 PM

Pick the proper drive. Western Digital




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