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Need help with acer aspire 5745-4525 getting error at startup

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Just bought off of ebay an getting error at sartup acer aspire 5745-4525.
Atheros PCIE Ethernet Controller v2.0.1.9 (12/15/09). Check cable connection..!
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM. No bootable device-insert boot disk and press any key.
It didn't come with a boot disk so thanks for any help !
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When you see that "PXE" (means "Preboot eXecution Environment") on bootup it's usually bad news: Dead hard drive. :D

What's happening is when it can't find a working hard drive to bootup from it'll try to bootup from any other bootable device available. This includes from the network through the network card. More info about booting from the network can be found on Wikipedia:


I'd first check to make sure the hard drive is connected securely.

If it is, I'd next check to see if it can be read on a working computer. (Attach it via a USB adapter).

If it's dead, either see about returning the laptop to the seller or replace the dead hard drive and install the correct Operating System on it. The Windows version and the Product ID Key that should be on a sticker on the bottom of the laptop.
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