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After fdisk and format of hdd install of os freezes after 2min. when it says windos is starting, tried differant versions of windows does the same thing!!!! Please help!!!!!!

After fdisk and format of hdd my dell e1405 will not install the os! it starts then freezes!

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  • tommyjg3396 May 26, 2009

    Thanks for asking i have been all over the internet and read a billion forms! with no luck!! so hear is the story! on my dell E1405 i was running vista the laptop needed a clean re-install so i too my boot disc fdisk it, formated the hdd then went to reinstall vista at the very beginning of install windows loads files the in vista it goes to the boot screen and freezes! stays like that for ever! so i tried to install winXP pro, winXp home, win server 2003 and no luck! then i thought it might be the hard drive because i ran dell's disc diagnostic and everything was great no problems, i ran two other dianostic test and they say everything was great except one thing one of the keys was stuck! in the mean time i bought a new hard drive and swaped them out to make sure it was not the hard drive ya know! no matter what i do it's the same thing os just freezes! after load of windows files when windows should start up to configure there settings. so i also have boot order set rigjht and tried a bunch of differant combonation of things that did nothing!! the only hit i have is when i press F12 and boot from network the message says what the chip is then it says PXEmedia faliure, check cable no operating system but in disc and press anykey??? if anyone can help with this i would be forever indet to! thanks T-

  • Jubert Ledesma
    Jubert Ledesma May 11, 2010

    do you get any error message? what os are you trying to install?

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PXE media failure means the system is trying to boot via Network card not your hard drive. When you performed fdisk then formatted the disk, you might have not selected an active or logical partitioning to support the OS. Run the PSA diagnostics by holding the Fn button before turning on your computer. If it gives you an error, it means your HDD has gone bad and needs to be replaced. If it freezes during the the loading of files during the installation, it means that your RAMs are bad because the windows loader dumps all the information to the RAM chips. If it does hang during the installation of files, two points of failure are to be looked upon, the RAMs and the HDD. I recommend you reset the BIOS to the factory settings as to reset the boot priority so it does boot to HDD first, not to any of the bootable drives available on your computer.

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