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Re: message on screen
Anything like this:
CPU: Intel (MR) Pentium MMX 163 MHz
RAM: 80 GB
HD: Original 3 GB (Rest in peace)
Now 20 GB
CD: 16x reader
Modem: Lucent 56K
Video: CHIPS 68544
Sound ESS 1688
I/O PS/2 mouse/keyboard port
I imagine you have the original HD:3GB do you notice they put down (rest in peace) I think thats what happened to yours it ceased and the laptop is asking for an OS which should have been on that disk but its stuffed. Try and see if you can get the new one of 20GB theyre easy to replace.
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The error PXE-E61: Media test failure usually means the hard diskhas failed or the hard disk needs re-seating or the disk controller is faulty.First - re-seat the harddisk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot andgo into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If itdoesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.Then the hard drive needsto be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer orlaptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioningcomputer/laptop again.
When you first start the system ensure you have the windows XP CD in the optical drive before you try to boot. Once you see the Compaq screen press F12 (or if the system has a different prompt choose it) to get the one time boot menu, select the optical drive with the arrow keys, press enter, the system should give you a 5 second prompt to boot to the XP CD, press the spacebar to boot. This should bring up the windows XP setup, choose NTFS quick for the file system and then for any other prompt the default setting and windows should install
a) You have a disk in the floppy drive or CD and the computer is trying to boot from that drive. Remove disk and reboot computer. Or ...
b) Your hard disk has failed
c) Your operating system is damaged.
Provided that the hard drive is good, you should be able to boot with a windows xp cd, delete all partitions, reformat the partition and install windows on it. However if your hard drive is bad (which could be why you received the ntldr message to begin with) then you would need to replace it. But it wouldn't hurt to attempt reinstalling windows xp the way I described first.