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  • Started 1 year ago by oscar13
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oscar13
Posts: 13

I've installed a new hard drive into my dell inspiron 1545, when I go to boot it and install windows 7 it's showing no bootable devices, iv changed the BIOS setting so it will boot from CD drive but the message is coming back up! I've also had the following error:-

PXE-E61: Media test failure, Check cable.
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE-ROM
Boot failure: System Halted

Could some kind person direct through on how to change the setting to the correct ones as I'm not all that clever when it comes to problems like this before I throw the laptop through the window haha

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raphoenix
raphoenix
Posts: 14920

PXE is Boot from Network.

The sequence in Bootable Devices should be order of:

CDrom
Hard Disk
USB
Network

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oscar13
Posts: 13

Just set them as that, booted it and come up with the following:
No boot sector on internal hard drive.
No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility, Press F5 to run inboard diagnostics,
Where/what do I do from here?

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whs
whs
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Did you ever initialize this disk.

Posted 1 year ago
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oscar13
Posts: 13

No, what so you mean?

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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

Then you have no MBR. You have to initialize the disk - e.g. with Disk Management - or with the bootable CD of Partition Wizard: http://partitionwizard.com/par.....le-cd.html

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oscar13
Posts: 13

totally lost me now, I'm not the best with these problems, have I got to download it and install it first, or do something else?

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whs
whs
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Oh Oscar, what am I going to do with you, LOL.

Here is what you do:

1. download the iso - this is the direct link - (it is the last box on the webpage)

2. Burn this .iso to a CD - use ImgBurn

3. Boot with this CD you just burnt

4. When PW is up, highlight the disk drive

5. Click on the Disk tab (above)

6. Click on "Initialize to MBR disk"

7. Click on the operation under "Operation Pending" (on the left bottom)

You think you can handle that ???

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Bumpkin
Posts: 60

After following the advice give by whs in the last post, insert your Windows 7 install disc. Restart the computer and it should boot and begin the installation.

Where did you get the Windows 7 install disc?

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raphoenix
raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Download Windows 7 ISO.
http://www.mydigitallife.info/.....tal-river/

Make Windows 7 ISO Bootable USB/DVD media.
http://www.microsoftstore.com/.....vd_dwnTool
http://www.eightforums.com/tut.....8-iso.html
OR
http://filehippo.com/download_imgburn/

Book Mark this for new Windows 8 Machines.
http://www.eightforums.com/tut.....ndows.html

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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

Rick, I think this is going to be a stretch for poor Oscar. But I am ready for a surprise, LOL.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
Posts: 14920

Ya, the new crop of OPs lack a lot basic computer skills and it's very hard to reply to some posts.

In fact, general computing knowledge seems to be declining over the years instead of increasing.

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germ-x
germ-x
Posts: 5310

amen and patience.

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oscar13
Posts: 13

Cheers guys, I'm havin a go at what WHS said, there's no initialise MBR disk tab so I'm in the middle of rebuilding MBR so fingers crossed!!!

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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

Let us know what happened and whether it worked. And if you ger discombobulated along the way, post back.

Posted 1 year ago
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oscar13
Posts: 13

Gone through the rebuilding but its still not highlighting the initialise MBR disk!! head is fried now! Where next???

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raphoenix
raphoenix
Posts: 14920

http://www.howtogeek.com/forum.....?replies=1

Start at this picture in the tutorial if you are using a Full DVD Disc installation.

Press Shift + F10 function key to get a command prompt.

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