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Have a Acer Aspire 5050-3371 laptop. When turned on it says operating system not found. I made sure IDE was visible in bios and first in boot order. Tried to install fresh install of WINXP.(came with vista).Says drive not detected but is showing in bios.

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  • mike281 Feb 26, 2009

    Ther is no option to change mode in bios.

  • DLMDRIVER25 Apr 26, 2009

    I have this Acer Laptop, and when I plug it in and turn it on, it says.

    For Realtrek RTL8139(X)/8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.17 (051202)

    PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, check cable
    PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE Rom.
    Operating system not found.

    Is there a fix for this? And if this is what should I do?
    Thanks for your time.

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Go to bios
and change sata mode to ide

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