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PXE-E61 Media Test Failed, Check cable


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bbaker9000

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I received a blue screen (did not write down info). I powered down PC and rebooted and got the following messages:

PXE-e61 Media test failed, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent
Operating System not found

I had a new HD overnighted, replaced it and have same problem

I spend about 45 minutes with <ATRI> to troubleshoot and resolve problem with no success.

I have removed all perf equipment and just have HD, battery and Power cord conntect to PC.

I have completely powered down, removed battery, power cord, etc reseated HD the put battery back and powered up with same problem

I have gone through every BIOS start up config scenario for both my Boot and Network sequences with no luck and no change in errors when attempting to boot up.

My IBM T30 laptop is about 2 years old, and there was some discussion that my CMOS battery mail be failing. I was able to save my BIOS changes without problems, and ultimately set the config changes back to default, rebooted with no luck. Not sure if my battery is a problem........

I have read to check my IDE cable, but on this thinkpad, I have no idea how to check - so I am stuck on this path

I checked for bent pins on my old and new HD and found NO problems.

HELP!

Bryan

Edited by bbaker9000, 13 August 2005 - 11:27 AM.

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macten

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Here's a link you might want to take a look at:

http://www.nocrash.c...msgs/3247.shtml
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macten

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Go into setup and make sure your not trying to use a 'network boot option'.
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also....on the laptop...its not that hard to check the cables....just a matter of opening the case and not touching anything that you don't know what it is......
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also...do you have any network cables or usb devices plugged in during boot?
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You have sure an HD or partition problem.

I bought a new and faster hard disk for my laptop and installed it from scratch with the recovery cd's.
The Norton Ghost step worked fine until the last reboot, where I discover this famous message :

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0f: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.

No operating system found

With the help of an IDE to USB adapter and Powerquest PartitionMagic 8.0 on my desktop, I saw that the main partition was not activated.

I only needed to make this partition "Active" (it can be done with fdisk) and it was OK.

I hope it'll help

PS. This error only means that the bios can't find any operating system on HD, CD, USB, ... and when he tries to check if there is a network boot possibility he don't find any PXE server.
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Hi there, I seem to have a similar problem. Recently had to reformat my hard drive due to slowness and the possibility of viruses. After a while I started getting this same error message. At first I could turn the computer off and then back on again and everything would be okay. However, it became very frequent so that, every night when my computer went to sleep it would not wake up and I kept getting the same error message - every time it went to sleep. One day it just wouldn't start up properly at all continually calling for the system disk to be inserted.
I tried reformatting the hard drive again but this did not help.
Today I took it into a computer shop and they said that there were problems with the partitioning of my hard drive so I paid to have it fixed. It worked well today, when I was working from the battery - its a lap top.

However, tonight I came home all excited because I also got my memory increased from 256mb to 786mb (working memory or whatever its called) because it was so slow. However, once connected to all of the leads it came up with exactly the same error message. I switched the computer on and off several times all to no avail. Then, because it mentioned 'check cable' I though of turning it on without any power or anything else connected and it all started fine.
Can anyone advise what could be causing this??? I can take it back to the shop but don't want this to be the start of a long and costly relationship. Thanks heaps anyone who can offer any advice!!
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hi there,i have the same problem. i have a feeling my problem is self-inflicted though.i installed ubuntu using wubi installer on windows vista and managed to get it running ok until i was updating some programs, which led my system to freeze and so i rebooted and ended up with the pxe-e61 error message. i have tried changing the boot order but i constantly get a message saying HD cannot be found, regardless of what my boot order is. i dont have a floppy drive and quite frankly am a bit stumped at what my options are. word is that the instable ubuntu causes this and am just exploring all possibilities on the net.would really appreciate any help! thanks in advance.
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I am having the same problem on my HP laptop with a Hitachi hard drive. I have changed the boot order in Bios as well as disabled the network connectivity. While in the BIOS I tried the hardware diagnosis and it does not detect a hard drive. I put this hard drive in my son's laptop and I get the same error leaving me to conclude my hard drive is fried. I was on the I-net the night before downloading something, can't remember what when it stopped and then was requiring a purchase so I stopped. Could it be that the download wiped out my hard drive? I have ltried to reinstall windows but it will not setup because it says no hard drive is detected. Again leaving me to believe it is fried. My question is; under these circumstances can the data be recovered with any of the recovery programs out there and if so which ones? I have some family pics. I've been restoring that I have a lot of time invested in. I also have personal information on it such as my taxes and don't won't to take it somewhere to have this done. Thanks for your help.
Elle
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hiii all
i have got the same problem, media test failure ,check cable . but i have fixed it by changing the boot priority from the set up , the first boot was from the network , so i have changed it to cd-rom and the second one to HD, and the messege disappeared.
i wish i helped somone .
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