No bootable device error message at startup of Acer Aspire One Laptop
Posted on 2009-04-22
I wish to help a friend of mine with the following error message: No bootable device-insert boot disk and press any key. There are some entries which are displayed before this error message appears which read as follows: Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 082) Copyright (c) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation. The second line is as follows: For Atheros PCIE Ethernet Controller v126.96.36.199 (2000/10/15). And the final or third line is Check cable connection..!
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM. No bootable device-insert boot disk and press any key.
If I am not mistaken, I believe this error message is either caused by a failing harddrive or possibly a corrupted operating system. Perhaps the master boot record of the harddrive itself is corrupted, thus, preventing certain crucial system files from loading Windows XP. At any rate, these are just some conclusions drawn from my part which are certainly opened for correction and addition.
To further complicate the matter, this laptop does not have a CDROM or DVDROM. Everything hooks up to USB ports. Therefore, if the XP CD is needed, I am not sure how to use it other than to possibly hook up an external USB drive and clone the cd to it. And, then, run the cloned XP from the USB drive. But, that sounds like a lot of work. If the operating system is corrupted and needs fixing, hopefully this can be carried out straight from the internal harddrive itself. Or, perhaps there is a restore folder on the harddrive which can be accessed. At any rate, I will need to be able to get to some kind of c:\ prompt before checking this out.
In conclusion, any help with this tricky problem will be appreciated. I hope to hear back from everyone soon.