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PXE-61 error when booting NEED HELP


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aquateen612

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Hello,
when I turn my computer on, after the dell logo goes away, I get an error that says
PXE-E61 Mediad test failure,
Check cable operating system
What do I do?
please help me! :tazz:

Edited by aquateen612, 24 November 2005 - 08:29 AM.

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wannabe1

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Hello aquateen612...

These errors occur when your machine can't "find" a boot device and looks for one on a network.

The first thing to check would be the BIOS settings...make sure the First Boot Device is the cd-rom drive, the Second is HDD (IDE 0), and the Third is the floppy (If present). If you end up making any changes to the settings, be sure to save them...usually by pressing F10.

A bad cd-rom can cause this problem as can loose cables and/or bent pins at the conector. Double check all your cables.

Let me know what you find...

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aquateen612

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It got passed the error message, but it goes to a black screen with a blinking cursor and i cant type anything.

it also makes a wierd noise like a grinding sound.

I think i may need a new hard drive

Edited by aquateen612, 25 November 2005 - 07:31 AM.

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Yikes! that does sound like a damaged hard drive.

Try downloading Dell diagnostics and run it on your laptop. If it finds a drive failure then replace the drive.
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aquateen612...

it also makes a wierd noise like a grinding sound

If that noise you hear is coming from the hard drive, I'd have to agree that it's pobably time for a new HDD.

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