I just installed a new hard drive on my acer. System comes up and says media test failure. Check Cable? Initially it was saying operating system not found. Tried recovery disks as well as back up disks. Absolutely nothing happens. Any ideas? What am I missing? Also downloaded a boot up disk. That did not work either. Thanks for any guidance.
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Sounds like your hard drive is either dead or the cable or interface is not making a good connection. The computer cannot read the main hard drive that contains the master boot record and the computer is searching for a boot device. The pxe-e61 is the computer searching for a network drive to boot from. It then goes to the next device in it's menu. Need to check the hard drive and all cables and / or interface connections. Go through the BIOS settings and make sure the computer default settings are reset.
PXE error means that it is trying to boot from an ethernet / lan connection.
check your boot order options first and set it to boot
1. Hard drive
2. CD rom drive
3. Floppy (or usb if you know how to do this)
4. network(aka PXE)
If it still fails then yes there MAY be an issue with your hard drive.
Check all hard drive connections before running off for a new one.
This can be especially true with SATA type drives most of which dont have any sort of true locking device to hold the connections secure.
Open BIOS and configure your boot devices priority. First boot device should be the hdd. Also check if the laptops see the hard disk, i think your hard disk have a problem and thats why laptop wants to boot from network.
Installing an operating system from one computer and inserting it into another computer will not work specially when they are from different manufacturers because the components in them are different.
The Windows install has to be done on the intended computer.
The media test failure error message refers to a faulty disk controller or a faulty hard disk.
I probably meant to say "reseat" the memory. Just remove the memory module(s) and reinsert them in their slots. This problem can also sometimes be resolved by reseating the hard drive. I had this happen to me just the other night. The laptop slid off of my lap and fell to the floor. Just fell about a foot and a half, and didn't hit all that hard. Kinda partially caught it as it went. But the laptop didn't like it and I had a message of "Operating system not found". Reseating the hard drive had me up and running in about 30 seconds. Ron-
hi..try to remove unplug or plug in the Hard Drive,, if cant work you or nothing happens you need to re-place the hard drive.about files theirs nothing ways to recover the files if the Hard Drive is totally defective..Thanks..and GOOD LUCK...^_^