My System is a Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack #2
I had a hard drive that was making noise so I requested a replacement from Gateway as it was still on warranty. I cloned the information onto the new drive using Acronis True Image. I then installed the new drive and removed the old one. Everything was working great. Gateway insisted that I return the old drive to them so I had to remove the information from it.
I was tired and not thinking too good right then so I neglected everything I know and I plugged in the drive that needed cleaned to the second position on the cable but I neglected to shut down the computer or change pins to make it a slave or a cable select. OOPS!
Right away the computer froze up and it took me two days to get the darn thing to boot again. (I’m not sure how I got it to boot even now)
Anyway here are a couple of issues that remain.
When I boot now, very early in the boot during the black and white message screens it first says “Intel Boot Agent FE v4.1.10” then it says “No boot filename received” then
“PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel Boot Agent” It also seems stuck for a minute on a "DHCP" screen just before it tells me “No boot filename received”
I believe that message is not what I want to see right?
Also I have a dual monitor system that runs off from a duel head PCI card. The computer now thinks it has three monitors! The start button is on the third imaginary monitor along with most of the icons and stuff you need for doing anything. I tried everything to fix this, and even several tech support attempts but it is still a problem.
I currently have a crappy work around that seems crazy but it works. I went and found the original AGP monitor card and found that I could use it as a one monitor computer if I remove the duel head PCI card. Then I tried using the single head AGP card for one monitor and I plugged in the other monitor to ONE spot on the duel PCI card and it gives me the video for the second monitor!
Just to be clear on this... If I put in the duel head PCI card without the single head AGP card the computer thinks I have three monitors. If I put in just the single head AGP card everything works as a single monitor computer. If I put both the duel head and the single head cards and run one monitor from each card I get normal duel monitor operation. My goal is to go back to the duel head PCI card, run two monitors and take out the single head AGP card.
I have tried to use the device manager to remove the monitor, maybe I didn't do it right.
Everything is working now… Sort of… but I have a nagging feeling that this is not a very good set up and I want to get it back to normal if possible.
Here is my questions to you, the experts…
1) What do I do about the “no boot file name” message?
2) How do I make my computer think it only has two monitors if I remove the AGP card and only use the PCI duel head card?
3) What did I most likely damage with my stupid screw-up by slapping a hard drive onto the cable with no proper preparations for it?
Here is some information about the computer:
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
BIOS: Intel Corp. BF86510A.15A.0043.P07.0308011434 08/01/2003
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (Gateway) [Display adapter]
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 [Display adapter]
Gateway FPD1940 [Monitor] (19.1"vis, February 2005)
Gateway FPD1965 [Monitor] (17.1"vis, s/n D54 50H 04094, April 2005)
2.80 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache