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Can't boot my Acer Aspire One

My brand-new Aspire One powers on just fine. I get the initial Acer screen, and then a black screen with the following text:

Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 002)
Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation

For Realtek RTL8101E/8102E PCI-E Ethernet Controller v1.09 (080602)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.
No bootable device--insert boot disk and press any key

What exactly does this mean? WHAT boot disk? I've tried every "solution" I can find online. The user manual is absolutely useless. Can anyone help???

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  • go20 Feb 07, 2009

    I don't have any external devices connected at all. How do you start from "safe mode"? I'm not familiar with that terminology.
    Thanks!


  • go20 Feb 07, 2009

    There is no "recovery disk" and the netbook was supposed to come preinstalled with XP. It's even labeled as such on the keyboard.
    I'm fairly frustrated right now.


  • go20 Feb 07, 2009

    It also has that nifty little Microsoft label on the bottom of the unit that says Windows XP Home Edition ULCPC Acer Incorporated. Wouldn't that indicate that it should have everything it needs? What kind of disk would I use anyway, as there's no CD drive--only the little SD drives.

  • RON LAFLAMME Feb 07, 2009

    The only way you can do this,is
    is try to recover the drive.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    acer aspire 5741 black screen No bootable device--insert boot disk. don,t have a disc ?

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"Booting" is the process of starting up the computer's operating system (Windows). Settings in the mainboard memory (the BIOS) give the order in which devices are searched for the operating system. The usual order is hard drive first, then the CD drive, and finally over a network.

That clear-as-mud message means the mainboard tried to boot over a network connection and it didn't work. It's telling you to check your network cable or to put in a CD it can boot from.

There are two reasons this is happening. Either the system's BIOS settings have "network" as the first boot device, or (more likely) the operating system wasn't found on the hard drive and the BIOS went looking for a network connection. If the computer used to boot normally and you didn't change the BIOS settings, then something has happened to the hard drive to make it unbootable.

You can check the BIOS settings by pressing the "DELETE" key when you turn the computer on and the Acer logo screen appears. This starts the BIOS setup mode. If the boot order is correct with network boot as the last choice, there is a hardware cause. You might have picked up a virus or worm which has corrupted the disk. The hard drive or the mainboard may have gone bad.

If you have a recovery CD or DVD set, you can try restoring your system. You say it's brand-new, so you might try taking the computer back to the retailer to see if their technical support people can help. Or you can contact Acer to set up service for the computer.

Hope this helps you understand what's happening and that you get the trouble straightened out quickly!

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HI,
SINCE THIS A NEW COMPUTER TRY RECOVERING THE OS BOOT FILE WITH THE RECOVERY DISK THAT SHOULD HAVE CAME
WITH YOUR LAPTOP. RECOVERY WILL FORMAT
AND RELOAD OS PROGRAMS DRIVERS ALSO
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR BOOT CONFIGURATION CORRECT BY GOING TO BIOS SOMETIMES F10 KEY ONCE YOU HAVE
BIOS UP JUST SET FOR FACTORY DEFALT SETTINGS RONS_ELCTRO

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  • RON LAFLAMME Feb 07, 2009

    THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY TO GO

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You are seeing this message because you dont have an operating system (OS) installed. (or not hardisk at all)

your laptop might not have a preinstalled windows in it. If you have the windows cd you can install it by your self or ask someone that can do it for you.

here are intruction on installing windows OS for XP and vista. you can also install other OS if you want.

for XP installation

for vista installation

let us know if you need more info. please rate


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  • James Louie Puro
    James Louie Puro Feb 07, 2009

    just in case, go to the BIOS setup,
    & change the disk controller setting from AHCI to IDE. might worth
    the try.

  • James Louie Puro
    James Louie Puro Feb 07, 2009

    Then that only means that the laptop does not recognizing your hardisk, try my suggestion above or try to boot your laptop while tapping the F12 key repeatedly.

    when you see the bootup menu...select hardisk device.




  • James Louie Puro
    James Louie Puro Feb 07, 2009

    im sorry if your seeing my comments and solutions as inappropriate. we are trying our best to help you and other users. Thanks for the rating and sorry again...good luck.




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I am assuming that, you got connected some external devices (ex. pendrive, ipod etc) on your laptop so if this is the case then remove your all devices from laptop and reboot back.
if this is not case then try to start from safe mode.

post back if anything changes.

Good luck

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