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Win 7 won't boot - msg PXE-E61

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by benay, Feb 11, 2013.

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  1. benay

    benay Thread Starter

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    Was using IE on Windows 7 (64 bit) when computer froze - had to restart, but now will not go past startup screen that says (over and over)

    PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
    PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM

    I have removed both of my hard drives (this is a Dell Studio laptop - if that helps) and reinserted them.
    When I use my windows cd - only 1 of my hard drives is shown and there is no partition.

    Have tried Windows Startup Repair - no luck.

    Do not have a restore point to go back to or image.

    What NOW???
     
  2. rainforest123

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    Hello & Welcome to Tech Guy Forum.

    Please provide the model & model # of your Dell studio computer.

    You can use your W7 DVD from Dell [ hopefully they provided one ] or from a W7 repair disk.

    Boot to the disk. If it can find an install of W7, you are in luck.
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/681-startup-repair.html

    As far as I know, the error msgs displayed mean that the computer's motherboard can't communicate with the HDD.
    That would be a hardware problem. We can't blame Microsoft.

    Possible culprits:
    motherboard or something connected to the motherboard
    cable connecting power to HDD or data cable
    HDD

    No gremlins today.
    :(

    RF123
     
  3. benay

    benay Thread Starter

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    Bought & downloaded BootSuite. After being able to use their boot drive cd - and having run their fixes, I now get a new msg
    PXE-E53: No Boot Filename

    This is a Dell Studio 1757 - do not have Dell recover disks since I have upgraded to Win 7.

    This is new hard drive - any way to know if it's a connector or something instead of drive?

    Thanks
     
  4. rainforest123

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    I am unfamiliar with BootSuite.

    If you will create a W7 repair disk & boot to it, the repair process will inform you as to whether or not it can find W7.
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2083-system-repair-disc-create.html

    Run Dell's hard drive diag.
    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/1735/en/qrg/NU140A00MR.pdf
    Page 40 begins a section on hard disk drive troubleshooting

    My method:
    1. Slave the HDD into a different computer. Are the files visible?

    2. Run diags on the HDD while the HDD is connected to a different computer. If the HDD passes the test, the problem is probably a cable or connector, or the 1757's motherboard.

    If one puts a HDD with W7 installed into a computer edit: as the primary drive end edit with a different chipset, a BLACK SOD will appear.

    RF123
     
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