Win 7 won't boot - msg PXE-E61

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benay

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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???
 
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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
 

benay

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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
 
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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

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