Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Laptop doesn't want to boot from the hard drive but network instead

15 May 2015   #1
TheDeerDude

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
 
 
Laptop doesn't want to boot from the hard drive but network instead

Hello everyone, I'm having a strange, randomly occuring issue with my laptop.
Firstly, let me describe the boot order set in the BIOS:
Quote:
HDD1
HDD2
FDD
USB
LAN
Now, it was recently disassembled to bits, to give it a thorough cleaning and address minor issues like loose hinge and broken battery latch. After that, when I booted it up for the first few times - it worked just fine.

The problem appeared after I hibernated it for a few nights, each time I powered it back up, it wanted to resume windows (didn't show the usual text "press F2 to go into bios" etc.) but instead it entered Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 build 002 and attempted to boot from the network, but failed (that's okay) with an error message "Check cable connection!" followed by "Exiting Intel PXE ROM." and it repeated the process again - stuck in a loop, spamming the screen with text.

I can press the power button, del, F2, F12 and nothing happens or it'll restart (same with CTRL+ALT+DEL) now, why does it do this? I have no idea. It does do the same thing on fresh boot. The CMOS battery is fine, it keeps time and settings. After restarting a few times in various ways (usually 8!) it will boot properly... I don't have any external devices plugged in except wireless mouse.

I would really love some help with this, it's very annoying and I simply don't know what to do


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
15 May 2015   #2
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

If the hard drive is not detected the BIOS will just move on to the next item in the list. Your seeing the boot from lan on screen because its the last option and that's where it stops. Double check that your hard drive is securely mounted and any cables are firmly attached. It could also indicate that the drive may be failing. I'd double check all your internal connections first, as you've had it opened up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2015   #3
TheDeerDude

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
 
 

Sorry for late reply, it's been a busy week.
I've re-seated the drive, it's securely mounted on it's caddy.
I've disabled network boot in BIOS, instead of that, I now get "Operating System Not Found" message, but I can just CTRL+ALT+DEL (restart) it and it boots fine the second time. MBR issue maybe?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

23 May 2015   #4
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Tried to clear CMOS? I guess for a laptop, remove power cable and battery, wait a few minutes. Press and hold power button, say, 30 seconds. Attach stuff back and retry.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2015   #5
TheDeerDude

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
 
 

Unfortunately I cannot do that. It would require me to completely disassemble this laptop, and take out the motherboard, which I'd hate to do. I'd much rather re-install the OS and see if that helps any, which I plan on doing after I get new drives.

Thanks for the suggestion though, I'll keep it in mind.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2015   #6
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Does your BIOS have a reset option ?
Using that option should reset BIOS without disassembling.
You would have to review/set your boot device settings after the reset.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 May 2015   #7
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Tried to clear CMOS? I guess for a laptop, remove power cable and battery, wait a few minutes. Press and hold power button, say, 30 seconds. Attach stuff back and retry.
Laptops have a CMOS button cell wired to the motherboard just like desktop PC's do. That won't work.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Laptop doesn't want to boot from the hard drive but network instead




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Toshiba laptop won't boot due to full hard drive.
We're having a problem with my son's computer that we haven't been able to solve or find an online solution. He has a Toshiba Satellite L755 with a 500 GB hard drive. He was using it to play xBox live using the ethernet connection and after some time, he noticed the computer screen was blank...
General Discussion
Hard Drive Doesn't Mount Its self on Boot
Hi all, Suddenly got a strange problem with my Hard drive, it's a seagate 500gb, suddenly whenever i boot to my OS, my second hard drive isn't mounting its self a drive letter, so therefore i can't see it in 'my computer', but then if i go to disk management, assign it a letter like Local Disk...
Hardware & Devices
Computer won't boot, but hard drive works when docked to laptop
My computer won't boot. I took it to Geek Squad just this week and they said it's not a hardware problem and that it boots fine in safe mode. Now that I have it home it won't boot at all, which is what it was doing before I took it to them (I have no idea how they got it to boot). Sometimes when I...
General Discussion
New hard drive doesn't boot after disk cloning, error 0xc000000e
I have installed a new hard drive in my laptop. I placed the old hard drive in a USB enclosure. I then booted the notebook with EaseUS Todo Backup 4 from CD-ROM and selected to clone the disk from the external to the internal hard drive and choose the option to resize the partitions. After over...
Backup and Restore
Hard drive partition problem in Windows 7 on a HP laptop for dual boot
Hello there! I am trying to dual boot Windows 8 release preview along side my present Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. I understand that windows 7 only lets four partitions at once. My PC came in with four partitions, namely: SYSTEM (C:) RECOVERY HP TOOLS So when I try to shrink the...
General Discussion
Unable to boot from Laptop Hard drive connected through USB SATA cable
I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. I recently developed hard drive trouble and have had to order a replacement. Instead of installing Windows 7 all over again, with all the drivers, etc., I want to clone my existing hard drive to the new one. I intend to connect one of the hard drives to my...
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:44.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App