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missakademic

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Recently, I have been getting the following error message "Boot Failure: Please select proper boot media and press any key to continue". This message is preceeded by a message upon bootup that says "Media test failure: Check cable"... I am not sure what is going on. After reading a few posts on this site, I am wondering if the cables to my HDD are loose. I havent been traveling with my computer (Averatec 3100 series laptop) so I am not sure what the deal is. I received this message before (about 1 month ago) and it went away after I let the computer "rest". I tried to reboot using the recovery disks and my computer wont take that either. What do I do? Any assistance would be appreciated. :tazz:

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I am not very familiar with your particular brand, but is it possible to pop the hard drive out and back in? I know that on dell laptops all you need to do is take out one screw to remove/replace the HDD.

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Thanks Matt~

Question: Will doing this cause any of my data to be lost??? Why do you think this happened (Just curious).
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check your boot order in bios... make sure that "network boot" isn't first..basically make sure that the hd is first unless you have a floppy drive...or reset the bios to default
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Again~
Will I lose any of my data on the HDD if I take it out and reconnenct it?
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no...a hard drive stores information magnetically...the data is indipendant of electrical activity
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Sounds to me like your hard drive may be about to bite the dust. On Dells this happens from heat and leaving them on all the time.
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Thanks for the suggestions~

I disconnected and reconnected my HDD and the issue has NOT been resolved. I really do not know what to do. I really want to try to save my computer so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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what is your boot order in bios
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I believe that the boot order it HDD then CD/DVD drive. I tried to switch it to have it boot off of the CD (when I was trying to use the recovery CDs) and that didnt work either. I still got the "Media test failure, check cable".
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check your cd rom cables
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OK. I will give that a try. We will see what happens. If that doesnt work, what else can you suggest??? :tazz:
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[edit]

Edited by dsenette, 16 August 2005 - 12:52 PM.

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Hmmm... is that supposed to be a joke? Not appreciated... I am seriously trying to fix my computer. if there is nothing else that I can do... that is all you needed to say.
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lol. The hammer does come in handy.

Your hard drive is most likely bad. If you don't know how to change it and/or don't have the software to do the job, you will need to have a technician do it for you. In many cases, if your hard drive is bad, your data won't be recoverable.
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