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aquevedo831

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Whenever I turn on my laptop, Instead of booting as it usually used to do I get a message stating Initializing MBA and then it sais PXE-E61 : Media test failure, check cable.
What do i need to do to fix this problem?
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See if this helps: http://www.computerh...es/ch000706.htm
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That article did not help any.
The hard drive does not seem to be recognized in the BIOS.
I noticed the laptop started making a funny noise a couple of weeks ago when ever I booted. Last week I got the error message telling me no operating system found. I restarted the laptop and it seemed to work fine. Then two days ago I put my laptop in hybernate mode instead of turning it off, and when i came back to use it, it no longer started. Does anyone have any suggestions how to fix this problem. I have taken out the hard drive and checked it, but there seem to be no problems with it. All the connections seem to be good. I have even taken out the CMOS battery and put it back in to reset the BIOS but it still does not seem to recognize the hard drive anymore.
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http://murfsgarage.c...rd Drive NR.htm
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Hi aquevedo831...

PXE-E61 : Media test failure

This error can be indicative of a couple things. The machine is looking for boot instructions from a network source after failing to find them elsewhere.

The first thing to check would be the BIOS and see if there is an option to disable the network boot option. If you provide the BIOS version on your machine, we may be able to help you determine if this is possible in your version.

A corrupt MBR can cause this problem, but this will not prevent the HDD from showing in the BIOS. This can be addressed by booting to a Win98 Startup disk and typing fdisk /mbr at the A:\ prompt and pressing "Enter".

This message can also indicate a Hard Drive failure...which is what I suspect has happened here. Make sure the HDD cable is securely connected and that power is reaching the HDD. Can you hear it spin up when you turn the machine on?

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that is what i was thinking happened, because i can no longer hear the hard drive spin up like it used to. I have taken apart the laptop and checked the cables, and they all seem to be fine. but the hard drive still does not seem to have power.
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The fact that the drive is apparently not spinning up combined with the error you received and the drive not being detected in BIOS would lead me to believe the HDD has failed.
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