HELP! PC Won't Boot!

Building a new computer, can get into BIOS fine w/ just CPU, RAM, and using onboard video.

When I plug in my hard drive, I get:

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Existing NVIDIA Boot Agent
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DIST AND PRESS ENTER


What does this mean??


Motherboard: ECS GeForce6100SM-M Motherboard
Hard Drive: IBM DeskStar 41.0GB 7200RPM Ultra DMA 3.5" IDE Hard Drive - Model # IC35L040AVER07-0
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  1. Quote:
    Building a new computer, can get into BIOS fine w/ just CPU, RAM, and using onboard video.

    When I plug in my hard drive, I get:

    PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
    PXE-M0F: Existing NVIDIA Boot Agent
    DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DIST AND PRESS ENTER


    What does this mean??


    Motherboard: ECS GeForce6100SM-M Motherboard
    Hard Drive: IBM DeskStar 41.0GB 7200RPM Ultra DMA 3.5" IDE Hard Drive - Model # IC35L040AVER07-0


    My experience is this problem occurs because of RAM incompatibility or RAM failure. Try different RAM or you might try one DIMM in slot 1 and see if that makes any difference. I would use different RAM.
  2. Is it a brand new HDD or a used one? if its used has it been used ina RAID array previously?
    It dont sound like a RAM problem to me, maybe a problem with the boot sector of the HDD.
    Have you tried installing windows/other OS yet?
  3. It sounds like you are trying to boot from hard drive that already had windows installed on it. If so you should do a clean install of windows on it. Make sure to set the first boot device in the bios as the dvd/cd drive. Then boot from the windows disk and install windows.
  4. Is there an OS on this drive at all?
    Is it set as Master?
    I know the questions sounds silly but you said this is a new build.
  5. Quote:
    It sounds like you are trying to boot from hard drive that already had windows installed on it. If so you should do a clean install of windows on it. Make sure to set the first boot device in the bios as the dvd/cd drive. Then boot from the windows disk and install windows.


    Yep, it was someone's old hard drive.

    Weird this was I was trying to do a non-quick reformat and it got to about 10%... in 4 hours...

    When I came home, I just rebooted and then did a quick format. Format done in about 5 seconds, haha.

    It's booted into Windows now, and looks like it's all good.

    Now I know what that error message is for the future hehe.

    Thanks guys
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