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Laptop startup stalls early

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My daughter just received a refurbished laptop from the grandparents as a birthday gift. It worked fine for a few days but now it won't go very far during startup. It's a Compac Presario V2000 and I can't even tell what the OS is or any other details. The startup screen shows 5 lines and just repeats over and over. There is also an unnerving rather prominent clicking noise that persists as it rolls through the attempted startup. Below are the five lines.

Intel UNDI, PXE-2.0 (build 082)
Copyright © 199702000 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.

Is there something I can do?
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Sounds like a hard drive problem judging from the clicking sounds you're hearing, or the hard drive may just need to be reseated. You could try that first by downloading the Maintenance Manual and following the steps for removal/reinstallation. But aside from that, was this laptop purchased refurbished from the manufacture? Does it have any warranty? If so, I would return it for another one right away rather than keep it and have to deal with something that doesn't work.
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