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Onboard LAN: what is the use of the boot ROM?

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April 14, 2012 2:01:15 PM

I have a HP hybrid with an Intel Pentium PU T3200(2ghz, 2mb ram). It has failed to boot up as usual. Had been very slow beforehand and now when I enter set up it does not recognise the hard disc SATA0 and keeps trying to boot from the CD/DVD drive. Before I make a bootable CD is there any use in enabling the 'onboard LAN Boot ROM". Can this be used to start windows xp?
Thanks Damian

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April 14, 2012 2:13:49 PM

The LAN boot ROM won't help you get Windows started - it's used to boot a machine over a network by loading the OS from a server. I use it when I have to install/reinstall Windows to roomfuls of machines (see "re-image").

It sounds like your hard drive has died - the slowness you were experiencing was probably caused by it having to retry reading data many times. It's worth checking the cables just in case it is simply a matter of the plug falling out and the drive is fine after all but most likely, you'll need to replace the drive and reinstall Windows from your recovery discs.

Stephen
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