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Blasted Computer!
« on: March 21, 2006, 07:53:57 am »
Okay, so I just rebuilt my computer with brand new (compatible) parts, and after the initial boot it just says:
PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: exiting intel boot agent
No bootable device -- insert boot disk

Now, this isn't a factory made comp, so don't say to get my Dell boot disk. It was built from all new parts, with the exception of my old DVD Burner, DVD Rom, and soundcard. I have checked this out online and so far the only solutions are 1. hit the hard drive 2. unistall it and reinstall it 3. check cables 4. change boot order to Hard Drive, CD, Floppy.

I have indeed checked the cables multiple times, and have tried booting with my XP CD in, with an ME boot disk in, and with a Western Digital drivers disk in. None of which had any difference.

BIOS recognizes all my drive and parts, but somehow it won't read anything from them. My current boot order is CD, Floppy, Hard Drive, LAN. And I am not new to building PCs, but this problem is alluding me.

Any ideas?



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Re: Blasted Computer!
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2006, 01:46:58 pm »
Try changing your boot order. Set it to what most computers are (A, HD, CD). It probably won't do anything but it is one less variable.

Uhh... are you sure the drives are working? It may detect them but they may not be working.

Make sure everything is plugged in... you know that though... I always miss a PSU connector when I am rebuilding though...  :P

Does the media work? Any scratches on it?

Bad Hard Drive?

Try reformatting, that could fix a possible corruption. Try DBAN.



Thats all I can come up with...


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Now, this isn't a factory made comp, so don't say to get my Dell boot disk.

I doubt anyone with a factory built computer would know enough to respond anyway.  :-*

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Re: Blasted Computer!
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2006, 10:38:43 am »
...you are going to laugh at me.

The only thing wrong was that both my DVD- drives were set on Slave.

I hate life sometimes.

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Re: Blasted Computer!
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2006, 12:43:37 pm »
It happens.

One thing I also find myself doing a lot is putting my Secondary IDE in my primary IDE slot and my Primary in my Secondary.


It tries to read my DVD drive as my Herd Drive, then slaps me in the face.

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Re: Blasted Computer!
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2006, 05:13:19 pm »
I see this error all the time at work, it basically means it cant find an OS where you are telling it too look.

So yeah, you were just telling it too look in the wrong place ;)

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Re: Blasted Computer!
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2006, 07:34:45 pm »
OHOH! i know type this in your consule. C:\shutdown

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Re: Blasted Computer!
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2006, 07:51:58 pm »
Use the Zap command!

It is ever so good!

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Re: Blasted Computer!
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2006, 05:14:25 am »
OHOH! i know type this in your consule. C:\shutdown

At the time it wouldn't go into a DOS promt at all, otherwise I would've found a way around it.

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Re: Blasted Computer!
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2006, 05:48:50 am »
I'm glad to hear you found the problem. I was going to mention one thing (that might help someone else down the road... if they ever actually do a search here).

Western Digital does this neat thing with a single drive on a single channel. You need to remove the jumper to have it work. 'Master' is only set if there is also a 'slave' on the same channel (cable). Everybody else makes 'master' both 'master and single'.

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Re: Blasted Computer!
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2006, 06:41:28 am »
I'm glad to hear you found the problem. I was going to mention one thing (that might help someone else down the road... if they ever actually do a search here).

Western Digital does this neat thing with a single drive on a single channel. You need to remove the jumper to have it work. 'Master' is only set if there is also a 'slave' on the same channel (cable). Everybody else makes 'master' both 'master and single'.
Well something interesting has just happened recently. I have my current 120gb HD on an IDE channel with my DVD- burner, but I do have a Wester Digital SATA HD plugged into the SATA 0 Slot on my MB. Now the BIOS are reading two 120gb drives (as it should be), but Windows does not recognize the 2nd drive. I believe the pin location on the SATA drive is "Default 2". How should I go about fixing this? Should I remove the pin and see how it works?

If nothing else works I suppose I could buy an IDE-SATA converter for my main HD, but I don't know if that would affect whether or not the second drive is recognized.

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