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Windows did not start successfully...and Media Test Failure

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I own a Toshiba laptop (Windows XP). Yesterday it froze and Alt-Ctrl Del would not bring up Windows Task manager so I shut it off. When I turned it back on, I received this message,

"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this. If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to recover to the most recent settings that worked. If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem choose Start Windows Normally".

I have tried to boot it up in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode with Command Prompt, Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked), and Start Windows Normally. No options will work. All begin to boot up, a blue screen appears for 1/2 second, the computer shuts off and begins the cycle again!
I have read the other posts about this problem and followed the suggestions. I have changed the Boot Priority order in Bios to "CD-ROM, LAN, FDD, HDD". The problem is when I try to boot from the Windows XP Pro CD (with Product Key), I receive this message,

"Intel® Boot Agent FE v4. 1.09
Copywrite © 1997-2002, Intel Corporation
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent".

I also have the Toshiba Recovery and Applications/Drivers DVD Instructions. This will work but it says, "This process will restore the original default system install on your hard drive. Note that the current contents of your hard drive will be erased and replaced by the default system install. You should back up your system before continuing". I would rather use the Windows XP Pro CD so I will not have to erase all my data. Any suggestions on how to get past the “Media Test Failure” error? Thanks
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Hello, and welcome to Geeks To Go.
This Intel® Boot Agent FE v4. 1.09
Copywrite © 1997-2002, Intel Corporation
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent".

Indicates that your hard drive may have failed.
While it is a simple procedure to replace your hard drive (I can walk you through it.), you will have lost all of your data if you did not create back ups.
It is good that you have your XP disc to reinstall the Windows OS.
You do not need a specific hard drive, as long as it is a 2.5 inch laptop hard drive.
This should cost $60.00 to $80.00 at the most.
You can purchace one on-line or at a retail shop in your area.
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might want to try this first...
get puppy linux...Get puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso download it and burn it to cd ...if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files go here and get burncdcc ..a small FAST no frills iso burning program...make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....puppy will boot and run totally in ram...if your hardware is is good working order you will know...
after you get it running and your at the desktop...you take the puppy linux cd out and then you can use the burner to copy all yor data to cd/dvds
you can also use it to backup your data to a external usb harddrive..just have it hooked to the computer when you boot up with puppy...
quick guide for saving data...music..files on a system that will not boot using puppy Linux..

after you get to puppy desktop..
click on the drives icon...looks like a flash drive...top row..it will list all the drives connected to

your computer...

click on the red icon for the drive you want to mount...in this case its a flash drive ...puppy will

mount the drive..the drive icon turns green when its mounted...
minimize the drives mounter window..you will need it again in a few minutes..
drag the right edge of it sideways to shrink it to its narrowest size...then drag the window to the
right edge of the screen...

now click on the icon that looks like a filing cabinet (kind of yellow) on the main drive...it should
already be green..
you will see a list of all the folders on the main drive Usually your C: drive..shrink that window to

the narrowest you can..drag that window to the left side of the screen...
at this point you should have 2 windows open on your desktop..the flash drive on the right side..
go back to the folders on the C: drive...click on the documents and settings folder...then your user
name or all users..find the folders that has your data..
drag and drop the folder with the data you want to make copies of to the flash drive window...

your options are to move ..copy ect...JUST COPY..if its to big you will have to open the folder and
drag and drop individual files until the flash drive is full...(I have a 120 GB external USB drive for
big data recovery jobs and a 4 GB flash drive for the smaller jobs)..after you get the files copied to
the flash drive...
Click on the drives mounter you minimized earlier
UNMOUNT THE FLASH DRIVE by clicking on the green icon..you will once in awhile get error messages when
unmounting the drive..ignore them..when the flash drive icon turns red again its safe to remove the
flash drive..trot on over (stroll if you want to look cool) to another computer and plug in the flash

drive and copy all the data files ( I drag and drop) to the other computer..
make sure the other computer can read them...

now delete the data on the flash drive...take it back to the misbehaving computer and plug it in

again..click on the drives icon again and repeat until you have all your data transferred to the working
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Thanks for the quick response! I appreciate your info. I decided to use the Toshiba Recovery and Applications DVD. Goodbye to all my data, but at least my computer is working again.
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