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Hi I recently Reinstalled Windows Xp Pro (The windows Sticker on the Bottom Says Windows XP Pro 1-2 cpu) on my Hp Omnibook XE4400s Laptop with a Travelstar 20gb hard drive . I Noticed when i try to hit F10 to go into the HP Diagnostics screen i get an error 'PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, Check Cable' then the message 'Operating System not Found' is displayed and the laptop Hangs . If i Boot the computer up normal it Loads slow and i see a blinking Cursor for a few seconds then windows Loads. I originally tried to get to it to test the hard drive

I read it Could Be that the Computer is trying to boot from the Network since the hard drive may be damaged so i used the Drive Fitness Test utility on the hard drive manufacturers website . The hard drive passed both the Quick Test and the Advanced Test yet i still Get the Error?

I also set the Bios back to the Default (Floppy ,Cd drive,hard drive,lan) and it still gives me the error trying to get to the HP Diagnostics? I also tried using Different configurations and it still gives me the same error

Could it be the Windows Xp Pro Disc I used is the issue and it didn't install properly? I wasn't sure if there was a windows Cd Made just for my version of windows Pro or if it didn't matter. I used another Windows Xp Pro Disc i had

I Ordered a set of Recovery Disc from HP just in case

Thank You .... Any Help Would Be Appreciated

I'm not sure if this is related but the Battery is Shot on the Laptop and wont hold a charge . If you leave it plugged in to long it gets extremely hot

Edited by DaTBoYJ, 20 January 2010 - 11:45 AM.

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:) DatBoyJ
I'm not sure if this will help but go into the bios and check the Boot Sequence
If it is trying to boot to a network then highlight that line and on the bottom of the page it will tell how to change this.
Disable it or clear that entry.
Click F10 to Save and Exit and then you will eb asked to click [b]Y to verify. System should reboot then.
If no joy then you may want to check for a faulty cable
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When i go into the bios under boot the only options at the bottom are :

Sorry for the Quality i used a web cam from another computer. When i highlight Built-in lan there's no options to change it and i was really trying not to have to open the case I'm afraid i mite break it . I have An HP Omnibook XE4400s is there a diagram online somewhere or a guide on how to take it apart?

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See that Lan entry...that is the entry you need to change.
Your system is using it as a boot device.
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i see that im just not sure how to change it
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You can highlight that line by using the arrow keys on your keyboard. Then at the bottom of the screen it says to click either F5 or F6 to change the values.
Once it has been disabled or taken out of the boot sequence then you click F10 to Save and Exit
A new little window will pop up asking you to click Y to Verify the Save and Exit
Click Y and the system will now boot on it's own.
Let me know if it boots correctly then.
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Hi I recently Reinstalled Windows Xp Pro

How did you re-install the OS?
Did you use a MS XP pro original CD, or did you use the recovery partition?

If you used a original CD, then you probably wiped access to the diagnostics.

A destructive reformat with the recovery partition would have recovered the laptop back to the time you got it.
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I used a Microsoft Original XP Pro Cd i had and the key off the Laptop . So i would have to wait for the HP Recovery Cds there sending me and reinstall Everything?
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Lets look at computer management to see if we recognise a recovery partition.
Go to start
Go to run
Type in compmgmt.msc
Click on ok.
On the left click on disk management.
Take a screen shot showing the drives on the right side and attach it.
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Did you get the PXE error when it booted up?
Did you get the settings changed as i instructed?
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Lets look at computer management to see if we recognise a recovery partition.
Go to start
Go to run
Type in compmgmt.msc
Click on ok.
On the left click on disk management.
Take a screen shot showing the drives on the right side and attach it.

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Did you get the PXE error when it booted up?
Did you get the settings changed as i instructed?


I only get the Error when i go into the HP Diagnostics and no i didnt it only allows me to change the boot order noting to disable it or clear it
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Go to
Start and then to Run
Type in Chkdsk /r Note the space between k and /
Click Enter ...It will probably ask if you want to do this on the next reboot...click Y
If the window doesn't shutdown on its own then reboot the system manually. On reboot the system will start the chkdsk operation
This one will take longer then chkdsk /f

Note... there are 5 stages...
It may appear to hang at a certain percent for a hour or more or even back up and go over the same area...this is normal...
DO NOT SHUT YOUR COMPUTER DOWN WHILE CHKDSK IS RUNNING OR YOU CAN HAVE SEVERE PROBLEMS
This can take several hours to complete.
When completed it will boot the system back into windows.

Let me know if this fixes the problem
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