Acer Aspire 5313 laptop problem

  battlestar 21:30 25 Feb 2009

My laptop shows only a black screen with the constantly repeating message of: Broadcom UNDI PXE-2.1v10.0.9
PXE-E61: media test failure,check cable
Exiting Broadcom PXE ROM
No bootable device - insert boot disk
I would appreciate any help - can you buy a boot disk (it didnt come with one) or does it really need to go to a repair shop???Im not very computer literate and have no idea what to do next. Thanks.

  MAJ 23:10 25 Feb 2009

Try going into the BIOS by pressing F2 at the POST screen and disable network boot. Save the settings and exit the BIOS.

  battlestar 23:20 25 Feb 2009

Thanks Maj.

I have done that but still no joy! It has stopped giving the message it was but it now just keeps repeating:
"No Bootable device - insert boot disk and press any key"

  MAJ 23:24 25 Feb 2009

Sounds like a faulty hard drive or cable, then, battlestar. Is the hard drive detected in the BIOS?

  MAJ 23:26 25 Feb 2009

Or if it has a floppy drive, make sure there are no disks in the floppy drive.

  battlestar 23:32 25 Feb 2009

Sorry. I know it doesnt have a floppy but how do I know if the hard drive is detected in the BIOS?

  MAJ 09:21 26 Feb 2009

Take a look in the BIOS, check the startup screens to see how to enter your BIOS, it usually says something like "F2 to enter setup" F2 could be any key it'll be individual to your BIOS. When in there, look for the primary hard drive and make sure it is listed by name.

  battlestar 23:25 27 Feb 2009

I have checked the BIOS page: it says;
HDD Model Name: Not Installed
HDD Serial Number: Not Installed

It does have a ATAPI model name and ATAPI Serial Number.

Am I looking at having to take it into a computer repair shop?

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