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please unplug new harddrive and see if computer boots up without it.
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This message is displayed the motherboard attempts to preform a PXE boot. In otherwords, it is attempting to boot from the network.

This message is displayed under the following conditions:

1) No boot device (i.e. harddrive, cdrom) was detected. (Remember, even with a fresh harddrive you will get this message because the harddrive does not have an operating system tellling the BIOS it is bootable.)
2) The BIOS is configured to boot from LAN (PXE) before the hard disk drives.

To fix:

1) Power down your computer and check all power and data cables (ALSO JUMPER SETTINGS!) leading to the HDD, CD-ROMS, and other drives.
2) Hold down the key to access your BIOS while turning the computer on from a powerless state.
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