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From: Adam on 08/17/2003
I have a Dell dimension 4100 that ran on windows ME but I recently bought a new harddrive and windows xp home edition. I decided to get rid of the old hard drive and start fresh on teh new harddrive. However, when I boot up the computer without the windows xp disk I get
"managed PC Boot Agent (MBA) v. 4.00
(c) Copyright 1999 Lanworks Technologies Co. a subsidiary of 3Com Corp

Pre-Boot eXecution Environment (PXE) v. 2.00"
then after a few seconds I get
"PXE-E61 Media Test failure, check cable

Network boot aborted
press a key to continue"
However, when I press a key or wait about 5 seconds or so the screen goes black with the cursor in the upper left corner, but I can't type or do anything. I guess what I want to know is if there is a way to boot up my computer without having to put in the XP disk everytime. Please help if you can, I would greatly appreciate it.
Adam

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From: Jason on 12/15/2012
Consider what I did on my motherboard. I pressed down on my laptop with both fingers centered, just above the finger pad. I did this to my Acer 7520...same chassis only more bling.

I believe the motherboards in these laptops came out at the same time as the first generation XBOX 360's hit the market...possibly made in the same factories...foxxcon?...the XBOX's that suffered the RROD issue. I believe it was blamed on bad solder connections. The same Rohs solder that was in the XBOX's is the same solder used in ours. The recipe has changed and temperatures for baking/heating the components varies by specific metallic content of the solder being utilized. I read that because the Chinese were new to working with this new "earth friendly", less leaded solder, they did not bake the boards correctly.

I disassembled my motherboard from the Acer laptop chassis, stripped it of unnecessary components and rolled up 4 aluminum foil balls of equal size and placed them on an aerated round pizza pan. I then balanced the naked laptop motherboard on the 4 foil balls, component side up, and baked it in a PREHEATED oven for 10 minutes at 420F. turn off oven, open door and let stand until it's cool enough for you to handle it bare handed before re-installing it back into the chassis...however, when you do and reconnect it you to may possibly enjoy a normal instant turn on again. I recently outfitted my 7520 with 5 GB of RAM and a new Crucial M4 SSD..."rejuvenation" sums it up nicely with W8 running on it and the accompanying W8 start button app installed.

I know stripping and baking mobo's in the kitchen in not normal but that's what they do in foundries right?...bon appetit!

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From: pravin on 07/18/2012
marvell(r)
copyrite 2003-2008
pre-boot execution envirment error are create in laptop
what can i do
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From: Demarko on 08/19/2011
Press Ctrl Alt Delete, then go to safe mode and do restore to and earlier date and you are done.
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From: premkumar on 04/15/2011
my system not work
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From: Claire on 11/22/2010
I have the PXE-E61 and the computer keeps doing teh boot loops and I can't get computer to boot at all even in the safe mode? HOw can I get computer back up and running?
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From: gregory on 08/31/2010
my search to my problem brought me hear. with the PXE-E61 and PXE-M0F problem. The solution lies either in
1. your boot option or settings in your bios
2. faulty cable/wire to your media device (hard drive, cd/dvd rom, etc)
3. The cmos battery (which indirectly points to your bios settings)

That's where you need to check to get solution to your problem

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From: van on 08/28/2010
my toshiba kepps doing that it looks like this
YUKON PXE V3.5.2.3 (20050803)
(C)Copyright 2003-2005 Marvell (R).ALL rights reserved
Pre-Boot eXecution Environment (PXE) v2.1
(C)Copyright 1997-2000 Intel Corporation.

and this keep blinking
PXE-E61
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From: Thomas on 06/25/2010
I have the same problem. I have tried to change boot order and disable all other options than hhd. So instead of making the error message:

"NVIDIA Boot Agent 247.0541 - PXE E61 Media Test Failure, Check Cable - PXE M0F exiting NVIDIA Boot Agent - Operating System Not Found"

the cursor flashes in upper left corner some secs and then:

"Operating system not found"...

After "ctrl+alt+deleting" a couple of times Windows starts normally...???

Anyone have any idea what the heck is wrong??

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From: MN on 05/29/2010
I had the same ridiculous problem on a compaq presario 2100. It would randomly boot into windows, so when I got in I flashed the bios and have had no problems since. Give that a try.
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From: Kenilworth on 08/15/2009
I had this error message and looked for clues at this site.
My solution was different, aren't they all?
I had removed my CMOS battery and when I replaced it after a while and rebooted the above error came up.
Clearly the CMOS settings had defaulted and unfortunately they were not suitable for my machine.

Ultimately I found that the cause of the problem was not just my mindless action but the defaults on the Integrated Peripherals had set the
IDE/SATA RAID function to ENABLED when the following
IDE Primary Master RAID parameters were all set to DISABLED.
I reset it to DISABLED and everything was fine. I have now logged all the settings for future reference.

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From: First name on 04/16/2009
Thanks a lot guys!! Wisdom of the crowd!! Changing the boot order worked.Now back to some more WoW!
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From: Cary on 03/14/2009
PXe Boot is used by the computer to boot to a network DOS-type environment.

If you are receiving a PXe failure message on bootup check that your PC is set to boot from the CD Rom, Floppy, and Hard Drive BEFORE network or other boot device.

If you have a bootable Floppy Disc or CD-Rom in the drive or an installed operating system on the Hard Drive you should never see the PXe messages.

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From: jason on 01/04/2009
hi could some 1 help me i have a compaq presario laptop that just randomly dusnt start up now comming up with media test failure pxe-e61 and exiting pxe rom pxe-mof.

is my computer stuffed or is it fixable?

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From: Sean on 12/18/2008
Hi: I bought a Toshiba Satellite M45-S2692 on eBay. From looking at the hard drive, I can tell it was changed. Besides, I can see it's been opened and handled. It's a 120GB HD which is different from the original config. It has the XP key on the bottom, but when I first started it up I had to enter the date and the time. It next booted up to BIOS and the systems configuration. It next went to 'PXE-E61 Media Test failure, check cable' and press any key and returns to the same screen. Being a 60 year old Veteran, I'm fairly computer savy but not on par with most tech folks. Is there anyone out there that has any advice? Or, should I try and get a refund and say to heck with it? Here's the spec's: Intel PentiumŪ M Processor 740, 512MB DDR2 SDRAM, 120GB Fujitsu hardrive, DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer), 15.4” TruBriteTM widescreen WXGA, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900, IntelŪ PRO/Wireless 2200BG, CD control buttons, IEEEŪ 1394, 6-in-1 Bridge Media Adapter, PSM42U-019006 032017412866
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From: china fixer on 10/23/2008
find and check for ur mainboard 's baterry,pick it down ,after 10 seconds or more,put it in, maybe it is easy
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From: za on 09/23/2008
disable all boot options except boot to cd rom/dvd rom/devices

u cannot boot into hard disk without an os

restart > go to bios setting ( if u look at ur screen u will see how to get there when the screen powers up)
> go to boot options > enable cd/dvd devices and > disable all other boot options > save setting and restart ( f10) > boot from a bootable os > reinstall os >

note :

ensure that all cables are proerly (checked) connected ( ied cables/ power cables )

hope this helps

+za sha labs+


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From: Omair on 09/23/2008
I'm having a problem with my COMPAQ 2200,whenever i install windows it shows installtion,and once the installation is complete it restarts and again ask for the installation of windows!!!
can anyone knows the solution to dis?
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From: Alatar on 06/25/2008
Hi, there

just you guys know I had same problem both PXE-MOF and E61 and I fixed it by just changing the wire of SATA from HD. I replaced that wire and Now,there is not restart anymore.


-Mehul

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From: Justin on 06/23/2008
Actually I found that compaq-hp or is that comhpaq?'s utility creates a boot floppy.
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From: Justin on 06/23/2008
I think flashing the bios could help:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/swPfinder?query=presario+2500&tool=softwareCategory&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en


Click your os, and find bios on the next page.


I think it will have to be burned on a cdr also, flash or usb booting never works.

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From: Justin on 06/23/2008
One other thing, I can boot up with a windows xp bartpe ubcd4win bootable cdr, but even cd booting is not 100% reliable.
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From: Justin on 06/23/2008
I went to circuit city, and they said I should replace the motherboard. That's the only solution, other than a bios flash? Anyone checked the compaq site for a bios upgrade to the compaq presario 2500 laptop?

If the problem is the motherboard, why should I pay 250$ if it fails so easily on this machine?

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From: mr hokklepokkle on 02/27/2008
From: DaKilla on 04/01/2004
I didnīt find any PXE-Function to disable in my Bios Version, but:
Changing the booting device was the solution for my problem:
1st HDD, 2nd CDrom, 3rd floppy and boot other device: disable!!!

(quote)

you cannot disable any device as stated above-there is no remove or uncheck option-how did you do this in xp ho me wen it doesnt exist??

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From: doc on 02/27/2008
u people are all talkin crap!
there is no way 2 disable any boot deive in xp home edition
4 sections-each HAS 2 b entered-theres no delete theres no on/off
there is no boot options either+changin from cd rom to hard drive -jus meqans the cd rom is bust!
the problem is an internal cable-or connection
as the message
pxe mof exiting pxe box CHECK CABLE would point 2wards this
boot order
boot recover(wich is an on/off)there are no options other than the 4 predefined ones
cd
hd
lan
floppy
as laptops dont hav floppys why would anyone post this as a fix?
finally windows is not perfect
hell vista came out 4 years too soon as xp had been cracked
an error message is given CLOSEST to what the problem COULD BE.
unmountable boot volume encompasses over 100 different POSSIBLE problems+ wen someone has a packard goose-what is the point of a hp user givin advice? how does that fix a pb?
fastest solution is diagnostics-worth 20 quid+WILL GET 2 THE PROBLEM-FASTER THAN I THINK IT COULD BE THE MOON-OR SUGGESTIONS LIKE BOOT OPTION THAT DO NOT HOLD ANY BASIS IN REALITY!!!
THIS PROBLEM IS 9/10 A MACHINE PROBLEM+NOT WINDOWS-WINDOWS IS AN OP SYS,THE STUFF IN YOUR PC/LAPPER IS WHAT TAKES A BASHIN EVERY DAY
WEN U GIV ADVICE-GIV UR SYSTEM THAT U GOT IT FROM+THE MAKE/MODEL OF XP+COMPUTER-U HELP NO ONE WITH SILLY THEORIES
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From: danny on 06/20/2007
hey i am haveing a poblem booting my computer its a toshiba and it says

Intel(r) boot agent FE v4.1.18
pxe-e61: Media test failure,check cable
pxe-M0F: exiting Intel boot agant.
operating sytem not found

does anyone know how to fix it email me at dannyslavin@comcast.net

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From: Cid on 02/08/2007
Hi there,

I had the same problem with an old HP Omnibook 6100.
I have seen so many times stuff about HD and other things like it...
But no, the right thing about this PXE problem is the "Boot sequence":
Ok for: "you have to put your HD first in the BIOS"... But on some laptops you have sometimes an extention (+) for the HD possible in the BIOS menu "Boot Sequence".
You can find 2 sub categories:
-[Add in card something]
-[Your_HDD]

Put [your_HDD] first in this subcategorie...
And reboot...

for me and for others it worked, hope for you folks too!
Thx for all the help I found here ;)
angelumabel@hotmail.con

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From: Nagy on 07/02/2006
I have the same problem with Compaq Presario 2200 and I can't access the bios as not accepting F1,F2,F10 OR Delete button.
Does anyone know how to access the Bios on Presario 2200.
Thanks in advance
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From: Adam J on 03/28/2006
Hey! im new to this but anyway i have the same problem i have a Toshiba te2100 with windows xp pro and a hitachi hard disk drive that is 10.06gb. And when i try to boot up it says PXE-E61: media test failure,check cable. And PXE-MOF: exiting intel pxe rom. And my Toshiba te2100 wont let me get onto BIOS.
DOES ANY ONE KNOW WHAT TO DO!!! please reply
thanks!
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From: Anne on 06/13/2004
I'm having the same issue but I have an older model, uses Windows NT. I tried changing the boot sequence but can only change it to the HD as CD rom is not an option on my computer. Is there anything else I can try?
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From: Tommy on 05/11/2004
I am having the same problem. I have tried all boot order configurations in the bios. I can't find anything that will let met disable the "PXE" lan. I only get the PXE-E61 message if my boot order has "Intel(r) Boot A" before my HD. Other wise if i put HD before it I get a black screen with a single blinking cursor. I found this however solution on Intel's website http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-002860-prd36.htm. However, I don't fully understand their solution.
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From: DaKilla on 04/01/2004
I didnīt find any PXE-Function to disable in my Bios Version, but:

Changing the booting device was the solution for my problem:
1st HDD, 2nd CDrom, 3rd floppy and boot other device: disable!!!

Hardware: Packard Bell AMD 2200
Software: XP Home Edition
Problem: PXE-E61 Mediatest failure, check cabel
PXE-MOF: Exiting NVIDIA Boot agent

thank you for your technical support, I hope my reply could help the other "fictims of XP"

mfg DaKilla

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From: Demetrios on 02/20/2004
The error message PXE-E61 reffers ONLY to the atempt of the computer to boot from its network card (Ethernet). Most computers today come with such a card instaled. Various platforms like Win98 or ME or XP have nothing to do with the excistence of the ethernet card during the Bios Booting Process, so dont get mixed up with other error messages. Normally if there is nothing else wrong a PC will bypass the PXE-E61 message and boot normally. But all of it really depends on the Bios you are using. So go through your Bios (press the Delete button right after you switch on the PC) and if you find PXE anywhere just disable it.

I hope this helps a bit.
Demetris

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From: Diane on 12/20/2003
I have just had this problem on my new build. I changed the boot sequence but no luck, then I realised it may have something to do with the onboard LAN on my motherboard, so I disabled it in the BIOS & the message disappeared. The system was obviously trying to find the network which didn't exist. Hope this helps.
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From: Ervin on 12/10/2003
Yeah i have a compaq presario 2500 and it was doing the same thing.
Pxe-e61 check media cable, I just went in BIOS/SETUP and changed the boot sequence. It workt for me so give it a try.
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From: sajjad on 10/14/2003
Please tell me if changing the booting sequence helped? I'm having the same problem and Tpshiba is asking for 200$ to fix it. Any suggestions??? email me sajjadd@hotmail.com I'll really appreciate it. Thanks
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From: Jeff on 08/26/2003
Change your boot sequence in your BIOS. Make sure you set the hard drive as the first boot device, then the CD-Rom, finally the floppy. You should be able to hit F1 or F2 to enter the BIOS. Check your manual if that doesnt let you in.
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