Laptop startup problem

By Rteddy86 · 7 replies
Apr 2, 2010
  1. My Dell Inspiron 1000 laptop continuously cycles at startup:

    Intel UNDI, PXE-2.0 (build 082)

    SiS900 PXE BootROM v1.09b Hook Int18

    Client MAC ADDR: ???? No DHCP or Proxy DHCP offers were received.

    PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.

    What does this mean? Any help would be appreciated. I recently installed a new hard drive. It hasn’t been a year yet & it's been running fine.

    Thank You
  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    What operating system are you using? DHCP is network related and shouldn't affect the system at startup. Is there a disk in the drive that it is trying to boot from?
  3. Rteddy86

    Rteddy86 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Reply to startup problem

    Sorry! Had to leave for a while. I am running windows XP. There was a cd in the drive with a video on it. But that was removed. It starts with the default Dell screen then goes right to the "Intel UNDI".
  4. Rteddy86

    Rteddy86 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I forgot to mention. I got to the boot menu/configuration screen and in the Hard drive spot it says 0 GB. Does that mean it's not recognizing it?


  5. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    I think UNDI is used for booting from a network drive or something, so you may need to change the setting to local hard drive. I think the reason it says 0GB is because there is no network drive available, which also explains the DHCP error. Try holding CTRL+S while the computer is starting up and see if it brings up a boot menu (or however you got there earlier). Change the default boot to "local" and restart.
  6. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,257   +383

    Go to BIOS. Make sure, that the boot order reads: floppy, CD, HD
    Disable Boot from Network (wording is different on every machine, may say Integrated NIC, Network, PXE-xxxxxxx)
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,128   +982

    Yes this is an attempt to boot from the network; the clues are noted.

    Broni is right on. If you can't boot with the device sequence CD, HD, then you have a problem with the MBR, boot.ini or even the partition table ... all of which will need further investigation.

    PLEASE report your findings for further assistance.
  8. Rteddy86

    Rteddy86 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you "ALL"
    I appreciate the effort. I have hade a busy day (pre-planned by my wife) I will gather more info. and report back as soon as I can. I can get to the boot menu and change the config. but still juist get the same error. I will try to forward all the info. from the screen.


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