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    dell 1501 laptop probs

    SuperEd
    got my sis laptop here and keeps coming up with error saying

    PXE-E61 MEDIA TEST FAILURE,CHECK CABLE
    PXE-M0F EXITING BROADCOM PXE ROM

    ive tried changing the hardrive to no avil and re installing windows but no drive is found
    and tried to disable this in bios but get a blank screen?

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    Try using the Dell site for the error codes, you put in the dell PC info and codes and it gives you the likely cause of the problem. Did this for my cousins, told me the HD had gone, changed it, worked fine again.

    Original Poster SuperEd

    cant find anything

    Original Poster SuperEd

    bump HELP!

    Original Poster SuperEd

    dcx_badass;6228778

    Broadcom usually make network stuff.



    yeh i turned that off and still cant find a hard drive

    Original Poster SuperEd

    whatsThePoint;6228986

    If you look on top of the laptop its explains the problem in big letters



    yep bios set to hard disk booting first says: fixed disk:

    Original Poster SuperEd

    how can i flash bios if i cant even get onto windows? can i boot it via usb if so how?

    Original Poster SuperEd

    whatsThePoint;6230163

    can you get into windows using safe mode?



    doesnt even get into windows just comes up with that error after a short time booting?

    I also have a Dell laptop in for repair, a Dell Inspiron, my mate has also had numerous problems with Dell, new power lead, new battery, and now needing new hinges, at less than 18 months old.

    I've had my Toshiba for 6 years, with not a thing go wrong.

    I have an Inspiron 1501 stored away but I brought it out to check a couple of things.

    Enter the BIOS and look half way down the screen for "Fixed Disk" under "ATAPI CD-ROM", is there a model number shown to the right? If not the hard drive is more than likely faulty.

    Original Poster SuperEd

    abomination;6230514

    I have an Inspiron 1501 stored away but I brought it out to check a … I have an Inspiron 1501 stored away but I brought it out to check a couple of things.Enter the BIOS and look half way down the screen for "Fixed Disk" under "ATAPI CD-ROM", is there a model number shown to the right? If not the hard drive is more than likely faulty.



    nothing there at all but tried 2 drives?

    Are you saying that you can't even find the "Fixed Disk" heading, or that it shows "None" instead of a model number?

    If you want to reflash the BIOS that can be done outside of Windows.

    Also note that even with a problematic hard drive you can still access, well should be able to access the diagnostics. Press F12 on boot and select it from the menu that appears.

    Original Poster SuperEd

    where it says fixed disk: its blank and atapi is underneath it,and have run diagnostics and states no hard drive so think it might be knakered,think im gonna have to look for a new drive

    the message you are getting is a network media test, its trying to boot from a network as it can't see the hdd.
    if its a sata drive good news is scan have some 40gb ones on today only at about £15..
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