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Alright, I'm at school, and they have an intel here that just wont boot.

It says "Media test fail, check cables" and "Exiting Intel PXE", then trys to boot from the CD

We thought it was the harddrive or ide cables, but no. We've exchanged both of the units twice now with freash ones

I just installed window XP on the HD sucessfully, but it still wont boot.

Another interesting fact is that before I formatted/installed XP it was reading the HD as the slave (even though it was all in master etc etc) and now that it's formatted and installed (win xp) it wont even register a hd at all

It just says Master: none, slave: none

Bios is locked with a password which the school doesn't know, but there'll be some phone calls sent and hopefully we'll retrieve the password from _somewhere_

Any ideas? There's no beeps on start up eaither.

Cheers!
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post #2 of 6
first reset the CMOS battery....that should take care of that password
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Good idea , do it right now
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Actually, resetting it fixed everything (including the password)

Cheers!!!
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edit.....


cool glad to be of service !!!!
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Originally Posted by Jak3
Alright, I'm at school, and they have an intel here that just wont boot.

It says "Media test fail, check cables" and "Exiting Intel PXE", then trys to boot from the CD

We thought it was the harddrive or ide cables, but no. We've exchanged both of the units twice now with freash ones

I just installed window XP on the HD sucessfully, but it still wont boot.

Another interesting fact is that before I formatted/installed XP it was reading the HD as the slave (even though it was all in master etc etc) and now that it's formatted and installed (win xp) it wont even register a hd at all

It just says Master: none, slave: none

Bios is locked with a password which the school doesn't know, but there'll be some phone calls sent and hopefully we'll retrieve the password from _somewhere_

Any ideas? There's no beeps on start up eaither.

Cheers!
I know it was fixed but here is what the problem is/was. It was set to boot from the NIC via the PXE. When no network is present it will hang the boot cycle. We have that problem with our Dell's when someone jacks with the boot order in the BIOS. They will set it to boot from everything but the HDD and then lock it with a BIOS password. You did the right thing with a BIOS reset. No you know why it was happening.

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