08-15-2013 02:32 AM
At first I thought it was the hdd, cos the idiot who opened it up bent a pin on it, which then broke. However I put in my old drive and it is the same problem. In fact, this time I tried it, it kept repeating the last 3 lines (shown below), and didn't do anything different when I removed the hdd!
There are 4 lines then gap, 3 lines followed by:
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable.
PXE-M8F: Exiting Broadcom PXE ROM.
Operating System not found.
can anyone help: I am assuming it is a hardware problem,
08-15-2013 05:12 AM
Seems to me the hard drive is not being recognized. Which Thinkpad model do you have? If you could tell us the 7 digit code that can be found at the bottom of the laptop the better.
I would start making sure that the old drive is properly attached. I guess you have a PATA drive (since you mentioned a PIN broken in the other drive). Are you sure that the old drive had an operting system installed?
08-15-2013 05:32 AM - last edited on 08-15-2013 08:30 AM by andyP
I cannot imagine having wiped my old hdd so believe it has XP installed (the second drive I put in) and there is no difference to the msg when I remove the hhd. Also when I put the newer hdd back in there was no sign of it firing up eg no vibration, no light, no noise.
I have pushed both drives well in, more than I would have done when I swapped them over. When the person took it apart I do not know how far he disassembled it. I have removed and replaced the hdd and dvd drive casing, in case that was incorrect. there is one bit which was sticking out and i have left sticking out, that I wonder if it should be, so i will check a pic on line in case.
I do not know if I have a PATA drive: it has a large no. of pins at one end that engages.
I did try pressing an assortment of F1,F2, F12, print screen and got into a menu (IBM button didn't do that on start up), but didn't see anything that I could use to help (I don't know much!)
thanks for your interest!
08-15-2013 07:01 AM - edited 08-15-2013 07:02 AM
Definitely a PATA drive. You should make sure that the drive is properly inserted. I'd suggest to watch the following videos:
Hard disk installation: http://support.lenovo.com/de_DE/product-and-parts/detail.page?&LegacyDocID=MIGR-50224
(and just in case) Hard disk removal: http://support.lenovo.com/de_DE/product-and-parts/detail.page?&LegacyDocID=MIGR-50223
Hope this helps!
08-15-2013 07:50 AM
I am convinced that the hdd is correctly and completely inserted! I have watched the videos just in case I missed something, but they are no different to what I have done each time I have successfully installed/removed hdd in past.
I am therefore imagining it is something else that is not connected correctly.
can anyone tell me what else could have got knocked when taking the laptop to bits (he was getting to the usb ports at teh time).
08-15-2013 08:29 AM
I have removed and replaced the hdd and dvd drive casing,
For clarity; do you mean the metal tray which is attached to the hard drive? Not having the metal tray attached to the hard drive can prevent it from being properly recognised by the system.
P.S. edited s/n out of your previous post and where quoted
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08-15-2013 08:51 AM
... there is one bit which was sticking out and i have left sticking out, that I wonder if it should be, so i will check a pic on line in case...
Actually the drive should fit perfectly, could you upload a picture how it looks like? If you mention something sticking out I have the impresion the drive may not be fitting correctly. Could you check if the pins on the back of the drive are bent?
08-15-2013 08:58 AM
cant see what i have already written on this forum.
After I had tried the hdd in the normal way, with the carrier thing that is attached, I tried removing and replacing the metal dvd casing which is attached to the hdd casing. does that clarify?
also, the bit that was hanging out that I wanted to check, is correct.
don't know what s/n is or why you might have edited it out, but thanks.
08-15-2013 09:01 AM
dont; know how to do quotes...
"If you mention something sticking out I have the impresion the drive may not be fitting correctly."
I can see I wrote this in a misleading way. The hdd is correctly fitted
(the bit of something is not attached to hdd, it was part of the cover, as mentioned in above post, and is ment to be like that.).
08-15-2013 03:32 PM
Hi usually I get that message when there is no operating system in the hard drive. The next thing I would check is if the pin might be broken and pushed into the slot. This prevents the hard drive from inserting fully since the other hard drive pin is lost in the hole. Also I cannot see any pictures, however, I have taken my DVD/CD writer and disassembled it for parts. When I tried to put it back together it was a delicate process. I had to actually lift up the cable some millimeter distance in order for it to correctly make contact fully. So if you cables are "messed" with then it is possible that a normal regular insertion needs slight adjustments.