the problems continue on my 5517

I replaced the hard drive as suggested. I replaced the Hitachi 160GB with a Seagate 250GB. The salesman said it'd be no problem, just put it in and turn it on. The screen comes up, Check Cable connection! PXE-MOF:Exiting intel PXE ROM. No bootable device--insert boot disk and press any key. Problem#1, how do I check cable connection if it's wireless? Problem#2, the boot disk is history, lost, MIA. The new hard drive did not include a boot disk. If I sound like I have no clue as to what I'm doing it's because I don't. I did find a Windows XP home edition disk,(copy) among my pile of junk. Thinking it was my answer to a boot disk I tried to load it, but after it went through the motions, I got a prompt saying Windows was shut down, and I should check for virusis. Since my original problem was that the unit locked up, I'm still not able to anything. At this point I turned it off and find myself requesting help again. I'm willing to give anything a shot. Quitting is not an option. Thanks Al

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Installing Windows is not an option.

You don't have the right CD/DVDs so look up UBUNTU and make that CD. It will install fine. No, not windows but beats the costs.

If you need restore media, ACER.COM and order it.

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Installing Windows is not an option

Where do I find UBUNTU that you mentioned? How do I know if I need media restore? Or should I just get it anyway?
Thanks Al

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1. Use a search engine. Full instructions on how to get it and how to use are out there.

2. If you need Windows, I am going to write restore media is the cheap way.

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Re: hard disk

The message about the cable only means the BIOS can't find a cable leading to networked device to boot from now it can't boot from the hard disk. Nothing to worry about.

Now install your preferred OS (Windows Vista or 7 or Linux) onto that drive. I don't assume it came with it. If there are no hardware issues and you have all necessary drivers it should work.

Some remarks about XP:
- you didn't tell what version (original, SP1, SP2, SP3) install disk it was
- you didn't tell what type of hard drive (IDE or SATA) that disk is
Older versions of XP are limited to IDE-drives and 250 GB might be too much for them also.

- you didn't tell what "the usual motions" are
- you didn't tell about your original problem and why you thought that replacing the HD would be the solution
Assuming "the usual motions" are a succesfull install (quite "unusual" for me, I've done it twice in 8 years, installing XP from scratch) it's either a question of missing drivers or any hardware issue.


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