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mickeyasr

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...I don't know if this is a hardware or a software issue...

Last night I ran the disk cleanup utility on my Gateway 4026 notebook. While it was running, the computer froze and I had to shut down by holding the power button for 5-10 seconds. When I tried to reboot, I got the following messages:
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.
No Operating System found.

I tried to find my rescue CDs but they are no where to be found. Can anyone help me in fixing this?

Thanks,
Mickey
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Neil Jones

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Hard drive inside the laptop looks like it may have died. The unit is trying to boot off the network as there's nothing else for it to do.

You can replace the drive (or claim under any warranty you have) and borrow an XP CD (or find your resue CDs) to put XP on, but you've probably now lost everything on the original drive.
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Hi mickeyasr, See if you can get in safe mode,try this

1. Restart your computer, and keep tapping F8 during the initial start-up
until you get options, select Safe Mode with a command prompt then press enter.

2. Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that
has administrator credentials.

3. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:

%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state.

Look for the most recent system checkpoint created before the errors to restore
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mickeyasr

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Neil, I was afraid of that answer.

4238dwight, F8 does not work. Windows is not starting. I can only use F10 for the boot menu where my choices are CD-ROM drive, Removable Devices, Hard Drive, and Network Boot; and F2 for the BIOS setup.

I'll have to see if I can access the HD through another method and save all my docs/pics. Looks like I'm buying a new HD in the next couple of days.

Edited by mickeyasr, 06 August 2006 - 01:04 PM.

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Hi mickeyasr, don't look good for your drive, looks
like Neil Jones hit the nail on the head.
I just put a new hard drive in my hp laptop, did it myself
it was not hard at all. Hope you have the same luck
putting yours in.
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mickeyasr

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Thanks!
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