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Change hard drive

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  • turquim Jan 14, 2009

    i got that think pad, but appears in the screen the message:

    PXE-E61 : Media test failure, check cable

    PXE-M0F : Exiting Intel Boot Agent

    Operating System not found

  • turquim Jan 14, 2009

    ok, i'll try with manual... and , please b patient wih me. It's my first laptop, and i don't use to speak english all the time (I'm from spain)

    Thanks in advance.

  • turquim Jan 14, 2009

    teis... i got an OS CD (actually its into the lap top) but it doesn't appears to read it. I've tryed to start with blue button "Access IBM" and i got the Bios... but i would like to know how to atart the lap top from CD to set windows XP on it.

  • turquim Jan 14, 2009

    ok... thanks for all... it seem to be installing WXP... crossing fingers

  • turquim Jan 14, 2009

    ok... i think i've already voted. All you guys have been "FixedYa"

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    DEKR May 11, 2010






  • DEKR
    DEKR May 11, 2010

    please clarify


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Not a problem
let me know if you need more help
some people have laptops for years and still ask me questions
thats what i'm here for

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    DEKR Jan 14, 2009


    when you start pc i believe it's f2 you would constantly click it will get you in setup

    then with the arrow keys go to boot you can change startup options in there to cd as first boot

    then hit f10 to save and exit

    restart with cd in and it will ask you to boot from cd click enter

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 14, 2009

    just follow instructions and let me know if you have any more problems

    the only thing doing this will probably remove any files you had

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    DEKR Jan 14, 2009

    Thank you so much

    you don't know how much I appreciate that

    any other problems just let me know if I can help I will


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It appears that there, either is no operating system on your laptop, or the HDD is dead.
Have you got an OS CD?

Posted on Jan 14, 2009

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    Teis Thomsen Jan 14, 2009

    OK, you need to access the BIOS, the imbedded startup software inside your laptop, - and set the "startup prucedure".
    When you turn on the computer, you hit the ESC or the F2 or the F10, - I do not remember witch one, you have to try ether one.
    Yhen you enter the BIOS setup, - a blue screen.
    Find "Boot settings" and set the CD to be the "first" BOOT.
    Now, save and restart.
    The install should start now.


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    Teis Thomsen Jan 14, 2009

    Well, congratulation,

    but it would be nice to vote "FixYa" to all of us, as we all helped you to get here, right?



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The owner's manual is available for your laptop at: (right-click on this link and Save Target As to your desktop). Within this PDF in Chapter 2 there's a section titled Upgrading the Hard Disk Drive (Page 38). This will walk you through step by step the process with pictures.

Jordan (SHG)

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  • Jordan Jan 14, 2009

    Teis is right. The hard drive is probably fine, it just needs an Operating System. However many ThinkPads don't come with an OS disc for you to use. If not, contact Lenovo to see what they can send you a disc for your troubles.

  • Jordan Jan 14, 2009

    Awesome.. Glad you got it worked out. Thanks for the rating.


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Hi Jefferson,
  1. Did you just install or make a change to a hard drive controller? If so, there's a good chance that the change you made caused the STOP 0x0000007B error.

    Undo the change and test for the 0x7B blue screen error.

    Depending on what changes you made, some solutions might include:

  2. Verify that the SCSI chain is correctly terminated, assuming you're using SCSI hard drives in your computer. Incorrect SCSI termination has been known to cause STOP 0x0000007B errors.

    Note: Most home computers don't utilize SCSI hard drives.
  3. Verify that the hard drive is properly installed. An improperly installed hard drive could cause STOP 0x0000007B errors and other issues.
  4. Verify that the hard drive is configured properly in BIOS. The STOP 0x0000007B error could occur if the hard drive settings in BIOS are incorrect.
  5. Scan your computer for viruses. Certain viruses that infect the master boot record (MBR) or boot sector can cause STOP 0x0000007B errors.

    Important: Make sure your virus scanning software is updated and configured to scan the MBR and boot sector.
  6. Update the drivers for your hard drive controller. If the drivers to your hard drive controller are outdated, incorrect, or corrupted then the STOP 0x0000007B error will likely occur.

    Note: If the STOP 0x0000007B error occurs during the Windows setup process and you suspect that the reason is driver related, be sure to install the latest hard drive controller driver from the manufacturer for use during the installation of the operating system.

    Note: This is a likely solution if the second hexadecimal number after the STOP code is 0xC0000034.
  7. Change the SATA mode in BIOS to IDE mode. Disabling some of the advanced features of SATA drives in BIOS could stop the STOP 0x0000007B error from showing up, especially if you're seeing it in Windows XP or during a Windows XP installation.

    Note: Depending on your BIOS make and version, SATA mode may be referred to as AHCI mode and IDE mode may be referred to as either Legacy, ATA, or Compatibility Mode.

    Note: While not a common solution, you may also want to try the reverse - see if IDE mode is selected in BIOS and if so change it to AHCI, especially if you see the STOP 0x0000007B error in Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista.
  8. Run chkdsk on your hard drive. If the boot volume is corrupted, the chkdsk command might repair the corruption.

    Important: You'll likely have to run chkdsk from the Recovery Console.

    Note: This will likely be the solution if the second hexadecimal number after the STOP code is 0xC0000032.
  9. Perform an extensive test of your hard drive. If your hard drive has a physical problem, one very likely situation is the STOP 0x0000007B error you're seeing.

    Replace the hard drive if the diagnostics you complete suggest that there is a hardware problem with the drive.
  10. Run the fixmbr command to create a new master boot record. A corrupted master boot record might be causing your STOP 0x0000007B error.

    Note: This will likely be the solution if the second hexadecimal number after the STOP code is 0xC000000E.
  11. Clear the CMOS. Sometimes the STOP 0x0000007B error is caused by a BIOS memory issue. Clearing the CMOS could solve that problem.
  12. Update your BIOS. In some situations, an outdated BIOS could cause a STOP 0x0000007B error due to incompatibilities with a hard drive controller.
  13. Update the hard drive controller's firmware if possible. Just as with the BIOS in the previous step, an incompatibility could be causing the 0x7B error and a firmware update from the manufacturer may correct the problem.
  14. Repair your Windows installation. If you've just replaced the motherboard in a computer without reinstalling Windows then this will likely fix your problem.

    Note: Sometimes a Windows repair will not fix a STOP 0x0000007B error. In those cases, a clean installation of Windows should do the trick.

    If you haven't just replaced your motherboard, a Windows reinstall probably will not fix your STOP 0x7B issue.
Hope this helps,
If you need further assistance please get back in touch and i'll see what else we can do.


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I would like to replace the hard drive on my Acer Aspire 3004 notebook. The current hard drive is failing and I would like to install one that I took from another Acer computer that I threw away. The hard...

Hello lakotalisa,

Q:Where are the access panels for the hard drive and the RAM?
A: See the Bottom of your notebook. Please refer the manual for more details

Q:Am I correct in saying that once I change hard drives the virus will go with the old one?
A: Yes, You are correct.

With regards

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have you made any changes to your bios? usually when i see this come up the bios has been changed or the hard drive has gone bad. you can try unscrewing the panel on the bottom of your toshiba that has a cylinder looking symbol next to it to check the hard drive. but most of the time like i said, this happens is because the hard drive is not being recognized/checking in during P.O.S.T. which usually means bad hard drive

Good Luck!

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Hello Goober....
Sure , You can change the settings here:

Click on Start (bottom Left corner of screen)
Click On Control Panel
Click on Power ..or "Power Options"(the icon for power settings)
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Once there.. You can change how your hard drive Runs... in Windows XP you just set the hard drive to .. NEVER... or you can simply set it to shut off after 30 minutes or an hour...
In windows Vista, to set the Hard Drive settings you will first need to click on...Change Advanced Hardware Settings...
Then Choose Hard Disk...then edit the settings there...

Hope it Helps... Happy Computing

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