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PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable

Last night while working on my Acer Aspire 5100 Laptop the screen went blue with white squigglies. Upon restarting, i recieved the above message. My research tells me that my hard drive crashed. Can I replace the hard drive? If so, what are the specs for a new compatible hard drive?

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Yes PXE indicates it is trying to boot off of a network LAN and does not see a harddrive.

Yes you can replace the HDD.

Your research is correct, your HDD is most likely dead in the water.

for the Aspire 3500 series, assuming same design for most older acer's.

Step 1: remove power cord, and battery
Step 2: flip computer upside down
Step 3: find the hard drive bay, there might be a cylinder like icon near it, and it will be close to the front of the system.
Step 4: remove the screws, likely 2 screws.
Step 5: on removing the plastic lid you will see a metallic box, with a plastic strip on top of it.
Step 6: on the side that has extra space there will be 1 or 2 screws, undo these
Step 7: pull the plastic strip toward the side of the computer that has space open and the whole caddy should pop out.
Step 8: take the 4 screws out of the side of the caddy and the hard drive will just slid out.
Step 9: just put new one in the same way the old one was. and reverse the steps and put your recovery disk in to install your OS.

Pull the old one out to make sure, but it is probably a 2.5" SATA HDD, and any capacity will do according to your budget.

My instructions may not be exact, but use common sense, you can do it!!

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