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Error keeping kids from enjoying their comp

I just got a older computer for my kids to play with. Its a 480. Every thing worked fine until I went to install a new video card and I get a PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable error. I reinstalled the old card but get the same error. I have no clue what this is or how to fix it. Anyone who has any idea or can help in any way I would be greatful.

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A "PXE-E61: media test failure" is strictly informational and does not stop a machine from booting or being used. Your issue is somewhere else.

Bob

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Can you get any video?

If so try to boot to safe mode and in device manager remove all video devices.

Also in control panel/ Add-Remove see if any video applications are listed. If so uninstall them.

Or, as Bob Proffitt said, "the issue is else where"
check monitor connections and cables. Check the seating of the card. Check in the BIOS to see if the system has on-board video and what the setting is.

Finally if 480 means 486 CPU/system it may have rolled over and died.

Whatever I missed someone will add.

Bill

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Bill, it is a 400 mhz pentium 2. It has a SE440BX mother board and they gentleman I bought it from said it was just built about a year ago. The parts still have the price stickers on them. I can not get past the boot screen but I can get into setup and so on. Any Ideas where the "some where else" could be? Or is it just dead? Thanks again for the help.

James

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Ok figured out it was. But changed the PXE to RFL or RLF and cant figure out how to change it back lol. I think I may have this down if I can just do that. Could you tell me how to access that menu?

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The Intel network boot manager might be changed in the BIOS. Check in the BIOS settings for "Boot from LAN" or "NIC boot ROM" or something on that order, and set to disable.

Bob

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Gentleman or crook?

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400 mhz pentium 2 .se440bx.. and the gentleman I bought it from said it was just built about a year ago

Pentium 2 400 Mhz were sold around 1998, maybe begin of 1999.
Intel introduced se440bx in May 1998, and stopped support for it in July, 2002.

What did you pay for this machine? It shouldn't be much more than about USD 50 without monitor. Add $50 for the original monitor. Every $ more is outright swindle.
Have a look at eBay for comparable machines and convince yourself.


Kees
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And it probably cost around $2000 back then.

I still have (as a 3rd PC around the room) a Pent 3, 500MHz, 440 bbx, Win98se, 18GB HD, Nvidia TNT 2 Video Card, that I paid $2475 new in 1999 (exactly the same price I paid in 1955 for a brand new Chev Bel-Air VCool. Still works beautiful however will not play some of the new high tech games. May be able to get $150 for it now, but worth more to me for visiting grandkids.

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