Aspire One, PXE-MOF: Exiting INTEL PXE ROM, NO OS Found! Help!

By Lightingbird
Dec 15, 2009
  1. This problem has me stumped.

    I have this customers laptop. Doing some changes and about to setup an external dvd burner. Also this netbook is a acer aspire one about two months old and it is running windows Vista. So the netbook is working fine sharing files across the network, browsing the internet, and other basic tasks. So anyway, I plug in the HP external dvd burner and the laptop freezes, then shows a scrambled picture and cuts off.

    So I'm a little confused. I boot it back up and get this:

    PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Check Cable
    Operating System Not Found

    Ha so at this point, I unplug all of the USB devices like the mouse and dvd burner. I reboot again and same thing. So this time I go into the limited bios options. I disable the network option and same thing. Then I go into the bios and disable all of the "USB" options. There are no "other" options and the HDD is listed so it is detecting it. I'm completely lost on this one.

    Right now Im going to let it drain so the battery will reset. Ive read up on other forums about slapping it on the bottom but I haven't tried that.

    Any other options or ideas? I'm lost. I only have one windows 7 OEM that I have used the license for already. I hate to have to erase and start over on this customers machine.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Well a few things in your "doing some changes" to a customer's laptop

    You don't need to "slap the bottom"
    You don't need to wait to drain the battery since you are not draining the battery
    What you do is remove the power cord and the main battery (not the CMOS battery by the way) And then hold the ON button in for 20secs, then just put the power cord back in to test further.

    To me it sounds like a faulty external drive or data cable, but it could also be a faulty Mobo in the new laptop, which means it should be covered by warranty ;)
  3. pcaceit

    pcaceit TS Rookie Posts: 315

    I Totally agree

    Additionally: check the USB socket's to see if any of the connector strips have bent and are shorting.
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