I'm Sarah. I'm new to the site. I have had a dell inspiron mini 1010 laptop since 2010. Recently, whenever I try to turn it on I get the following error message:
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For Realtek RTL8101E/8102E PCI-E Ethernet Controller v 1.10 (080722)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM
Operating System not found
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I saw that other people had similar problems, but they all seemed to have Mini 9. I have gotten this error message a couple of times before and the problem was always a hard drive failure. I went into the BIOS with someone from Dell Tech Support and we saw "fixed HDD: none", which I think means either the hard drive is dead or the computer no longer recognizes the hard drive.
I want to know whether I need to buy a new hard drive, motherboard or both. I would also need to know what kind I likely need to buy and how much it should cost on eBay or a similar site. Dell told me that the hard drive I need for my computer is a 160GB 5400 rpm. Is this correct?
I consider this more of a learning experience than an urgent computer need as there are other computers I can use.