I'm brand new to this forum and this is obviously my first post! I have reasonable IT literacy but have no idea of the more complex aspects like coding etc.
I've searched for a similar problem to mine via Google and in this forum. I've found some nearly similar things but nothing that properly matches the problem I'm having. So either it's unusual or I'm useless at searches!
I have an 11 year-old Acer Aspire 1641wlmi. It had Windows XP when new and then about three years ago I wiped the HDD and changed the OS to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It's worked lovely since then up until a few weeks ago when it froze on me. I attempted a reboot and it wouldn't go to the Ubuntu login screen. Eventually it just decided it couldn't see a boot record.
I changed the CD to the first boot device in the BIOS and booted with the Ubuntu CD. Attempted re-installation of the OS but it failed the first time. Tried again and it got through it but still wouldn't boot from the HDD when I took the CD out (and reset the boot order in the BIOS)
I decided the HDD must have gone to HDD heaven. Tried an older HDD that I'd taken out of the laptop years ago as part of an upgrade to higher capacity. At the time there had been nothing wrong with it - just the capacity wasn't enough. I got the same result as with the other HDD. Again decided this, being an old drive that had sat in a drawer for 5+ years, had probably died too.
Next thing I tried was buying an IDE to SD adapter and a class 10 SD card to use as a HDD. Installation to this disc went smoothly but again I couldn't boot from it. I got the following screen message:
Intel UNDI. PXE-2.0 (build 082)
Copyright © 1997-200- Intel Corporation
For Realtek RTL8139(X)/8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.
Operating System not found
After getting this I tried to boot from the CD again and got the same message. I tried several times from the CD and double checked to make sure the CD was the first device listed in the boot order. Still the same message. From what I could gather from my Google searches this message relates to the computer not finding a boot record on any drive so it's last resort is to look for a network boot...?
So my question really is: should I assume multiple hardware failure, give up now with good grace and thank the laptop for 11 years of good service or do I keep fighting on with advice from those wiser than me on here?
Thanks for any help/advice.