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Media test failure, no os

Was trying everything i could find on the net and then the other day i plugged a external Que drive into it and it booted up fine. so i went to a restore point, backed it up to see if i could fix the problem and then it went right back to media failure no os. if my hard drive is bad why would it boot the one time?

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Your hard drive is missing from the system. Or, just does not recognize it.

The obvious - Remove any USB devices like drives and any media from disc player. Its trying to load, but can't find bootable hard drive, CD, or USB...

Remove the hard drive and re-seat (reconnect). Check BIOS by pressing an F key during boot. Look on the screen for correct Function key. Might be F2 key. Verify BIOS recognizes the drive. It must be listed! There is no going forward if it's not. Check boot order and make internal hard drive first. Save and restart.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012

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SOURCE: reseat the hard drive

Hi, You can try this out to reseat the Hard Drive

First safety Steps:

  1. Ensure that the work surface is flat and clean to prevent the computer cover from being scratched.

  2. Click Start before7.jpg , click the arrow before8.jpg icon, and then click Shut Down to turn off your computer.
  3. Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  4. Disconnect any telephone or network cables from the computer.
  5. Remove any installed cards from the ExpressCard slot and the 8-in-1 memory card reader
  6. Turn the computer over.
  7. Slide the battery release latch until they click into place.
  8. Slide the battery out of the battery bay.
  9. Turn the computer top-side up, open the display, and press the power button to ground the system board.

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1. Turn the computer over and remove the two hard drive screws.
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2. Slide the hard drive out of the computer.

3. Slide the hard drive into the hard drive bay until the drive is fully seated.

4. Replace the two screws to secure the hard drive Then again you can try

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SOURCE: Dell Inspiron 6000 monitor display problem

Well it is most likely a issue with the Video driver as you are able to boot to the safe mode.I would suggest going back to the safe mode and deleting the present driver for the video from the device manager.before you restart the system just download the latest version from the support.dell.com so that you can reinstall it.Also check in the graphic properties which screen is set to be the defuat.Incase still not working i would suggest reinstalling the operating system before replacing any hardware.

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I am using the dell system at XPS710 and i kept getting the bios error:
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I tried to hit F1, then i get that message again. I hit F2, then it i didn't see the problem.

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SOURCE: Can my hard drive be salvaged?

You can definitely get another one, as long as it's compatible with your system...get the original specs from dell, then search online at western digital, tiger direct, etc. etc.Many online sites will have recommendations for your system.
Please consult links here and here
You may want to run chkdsk to see what's up with it...

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
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Posted on May 04, 2009

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SOURCE: Pxe-e61: media test failure, operating system not found

First, take out any CDs/DVDs and try to boot again. If that doesn't work, your hard drive may be defective.

There will be a cover on the bottom of your laptop that holds the hard drive (easy access). You can try removing and reinserting the hard drive and then booting the PC afterward.

If that doesn't work, you will likely have to replace the hard drive, but best advice would be to take it to a computer technician for further analysis.

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