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XP won't boot without IBM 10/100 EtherJet NIC

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I installed a second NIC in an XP Pro box to off-load files on a crashed drive. Two days later, I removed the NIC (IBM 10/100 EtherJet) and rebooted. Now I keep getting a missing media boot error.

Although I've done this many time, this was the first time I've done it using this computer. I've since reinserted the NIC, and it boots right into XP not fuss.

Anyone now how to fix this? Thanks in advance.

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    Charles Fields May 11, 2010

    What is the exact message please

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Check the BIOS to make sure the machine is not trying to boot off of the network card (PXE boot) and make the hdd in question the primary boot device.

Posted on Mar 05, 2009

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    Rob Mar 05, 2009

    If the above does not work, disable the on-board lan adapter and see if it will boot.

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