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Screen Message: "Operating System Not Found"

Discussion in 'Windows OS and Software' started by mw1, Jan 28, 2007.

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  1. mw1

    mw1 Newbie

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    Help Please!

    Full screen message reads:
    Intel Boot Agent GE v1.2.17
    Intel Boot agent PXE Base Code (BA11217BC)

    PXE-E61 Median test failure, check cable.
    PXE-MOF Exiting Intel Boot Asgent.
    Operating System Not Found.

    This is an IBM ThinkPad with Windows XP

    Any suggestions on solving this condition?
    Thanks...mw1
     
  2. Nrbelex

    Nrbelex Notebook Deity NBR Reviewer

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    A little more info would be helpful. Did you do anything major right before this happened? Is the hard drive light flashing? Are you able to get into the BIOS? Have you tried to use the repair option from a Windows install CD?

    ~ Brett
     
  3. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Try going through the XP installation procedure...don't install it, just see if it can find the drive. The last time I saw an error like that it was because the HDD had died on my grandfather's computer.
     
  4. kegobeer

    kegobeer 1 hr late but moving fast

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    Things to try:

    1. Remove media from your floppy and CD-ROM and reboot.
    2. Remove and reinstall the hard drive and battery. Check for dust/dirt and use compressed air to clean if necessary.
    3. Boot into BIOS and see if the hard drive is recognized. Load defaults and reboot.
    4. Boot from your XP disk, then select recovery console. Enter these commands:
    Code:
    fixboot
    fixmbr
    5. Reinstall Windows XP (you will lose all of your data, so this step is completely up to you.)

    If none of those help, I'd say either the hard drive is toast or the hard drive controller is toast.
     
  5. dragonesse

    dragonesse Notebook Deity

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    Simplest check -- enter the BIOS, odds are it's going to show no drive installed for the primary hdd, which means your drive is toasted. If it shows up, there's hope.
     
  6. ttupa

    ttupa Tech Elitist NBR Reviewer

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    Pretty sure the hard drive's bad, so if you have a way to check (IE: Seagate's Seatools) do it. Otherwise you'll have to reinstall windows, at least partially (repair install), because the OS has gone corrupt.
     
  7. Gator

    Gator Go Gators!

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    Either you forgot to put the HDD on the boot up list, or your HDD died.
     
  8. kegobeer

    kegobeer 1 hr late but moving fast

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    I found an identical error message via Google, and believe it or not, this was the fix:

    Remove and reinstall the hard drive and battery. Check for dust/dirt and use compressed air to clean if necessary.
     
  9. ttupa

    ttupa Tech Elitist NBR Reviewer

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    I would still check the hard drive with a DOS based HD checker. Most hard drive manufacturers have them for their drives. Find a program that will check it and run it. If you get your computer to boot, the HD may still be bad...just on the way out rather than completely dead.

    Seagate's Seatools
    Western Digital's Data Lifeguard

    ...are two tests that will fully check the integrity of the drive.
     
  10. strikeback03

    strikeback03 Notebook Deity

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    how often would the motherboard go bad and lose the hard drive? a friend's mother's computer wouldn't boot with the same error, so I tossed the drive in my friend's computer and copied everything off it just fine, so the hard drive is not completely dead.
     
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