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 PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, System won't boot. Post a Reply  
From: Gary on 10/03/2003
On a Sony VAIO PCG FXA36 laptop which will not boot up, receiving the following error msg.

INTEL UNDI, PXE-2.0

FOR REALTEK PCI ETHERNET CONTROLLER
PXE-E61: MEDIA TEST FAILURE, CHECK CABLE

But there is no external cable to the Ethernet port.

Any suggestions?

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From: louis on 10/07/2012
I opend the cover where my hard drive is and found that the plastic holeder that keeps the hard drive in place was broken. I replaced the cover and its working 100.
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From: Gvens on 02/24/2012
I Have the same Problem
My laptop is LENOVO G550

and receiving PXE-E61 media test Failure, check cable..
but its booting up..
my problem is my battery is not working anymore. and its fully charged
so i have to plug in my AC adapter..without AC adapter my laptop is not turning on..does PXE-E61 have to do with this,,?

tnx..sorry for my english..hope you could help me guys

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From: oms on 02/19/2012
my laptop is showing media test failure,hw do i sort that out??any suggestion pls
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From: Leslie Lewis(lewis.l2t21@btinternet.com) on 02/09/2012
well i have a problem with advent 7090 laptop
MODEL:RW3
will not bootup harddrive

error is PXE-E61:
PXE-E61: MEDIA TEST FAILURE, CHECK CABLE

there is a new harddrive in laptop
can not find harddrive old & new

Any suggestions?

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From: bill on 12/25/2011
I got this message on a lenovo thinkpad 2008 age and even booting off a Windows 2000 and a Windows 7 Home disc it kept coming back that the hard drive was media failure and locked up the computer to save doing any damage to the computer. I had bought a copy of Windows 7 upgrade last year for another computer so as a last resort I put it in and rebooted. It went through the same tests but it did go to a dos prompt. It then allowed me to go c: and it went to the root directory of the laptop's hard drive. I am currently copying everything ( dos's xcopy c:\*.* e:\ /s/e/v (where e: is my external drive)) over to an external USB drive and it might allow me to load Windows 7 on this harddrive. But data is safe and the price of a new harddrive is cheap enough when I know my data is safe.


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From: gracewasfree on 12/07/2011
all i had to do was check the back of my laptop for any loose screws. i found that two screws at the back of my laptop where my hdd was were loose so i tightened them, re-started my laptop and it worked. It didnt show that message again.
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From: torla on 11/29/2011
1. GO TO THE BIOS PRESS F9 "OPTIMUM DEFAULT CONDITION" THEN OK
2. NOW PRESS F10 AND ENTER OK
3. NOW YOUR SYSTEM WILL RUN SUCCESSFULLY WITH SOME WARNING MESSAGES YOU MAY IGNORE THAT.


Tested. work for me Presario 2100

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From: Kossi on 10/10/2011
It won't work, i tried hitting it near the hard drive with my hand, i tried setting the hard drives as my main boot agent, and shit won't happen it just keeps saying media test failure
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From: mikey on 09/22/2011
pxe-61 media test failure check cable
pxe-m0f exiting pxe rom
invalid partition table
i have this problem on my hp pavilion dv8000 i have tryed loads of things but cant get it to work , it just sits on a black screen saying the fault, i have not a lot of computer knowlege or lingo lol i have the xp disc but it wont run please please help thanks a lot guys/gals
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From: wildcat on 08/22/2011
tryin to fix an Acer Extensa 4420 for my mom. my best advice is not to buy a piece of crap Acer lol. Just funnin. Seriously tho I have tried everything listed and not a single thing has worked. I'm fairly knowledgable about computers, but I'm givin up. Guess I'll just take it to my buddy. He's a pc wiz kid. Hope e1 else has better luck than me.
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From: Amrendra on 08/15/2011
However it's not wanting to do so. Basically after I hit any key to boot from cd, I wait for it to finish loading. I then hit enter to install it but then the next screen doesn't bring up my partitions. Instead it says this.

"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacturer-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue. Press F3 to quit setup."

Any idea why I would be having this problem? The hard drive is definitly connected properly as I am currently using this laptop to type this post.

Any help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks

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From: Todd on 08/11/2011
Hey! That hard drive was totally the problem. I have a toshiba protege laptop R705-25 I think, and out of the blue it gave me that issue.

I read this, and opened up the back, and sure enough the hard drive was barely/not at all connected to the connector thing-a-ma-jig in back. So I pushed it on good and tight (although it didn't click, so I'm guessing this may happen again), closed it, and it started right up!

thank interweb!

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From: rwisniewski on 08/01/2011
I have a Windows Vista that when I boot up my laptop, it goes straight to the black screen saying
Bootmgr is compressed
Press Ctrl, Alt, Del to restart. I done that, also removed my hard drive to see if there was anything wrong, but there is nothing wrong.
I tried to download a windows 7 and it caused my computer to go blank and brought up the boot manager screen. I tried all the tests which passed. It says PXE-E61 Media test failure, check cable. it says nvidia boot agent 247.0541, whatever that means, but it will not let me boot cd or any media cards. please help. All my work is on there.
Thanks,
R
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From: ZERisTHE1 on 07/28/2011
I have a toshiba laptop and was receiving the error message also. It was because my hard drive was loose. i popped it out and pushed it back in and it worked fine.
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From: Nikky on 06/30/2011
Check in Bios to make sure the controller is set to IDE or Sata.
Sometimes it will be IDE and the controller is Sata and it won't boot.
I just found this on my Acer. I found the HDD and DVD were IDE and the Bios was set to ADHI.
Good luck :)
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From: Jacob on 06/29/2011
this was caused by a loose HDD Sata wire on my motherboard. made sure all plugins were secure and booted up no problem.
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From: Mohammed Mrshodo on 06/07/2011
I have simply changed boot priority to ,Hdd>cd
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From: alok kumar on 06/05/2011
"PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, System won't boot. please give solution immidiately
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From: Bernie on 05/30/2011
I just recovered from the same problem: "PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, check cable". There are six SATA ports on the motherboard of my computer. I moved the SATA cable to another port, and everything works fine. The problem was apparently a faulty pin on the particular SATA port on the motherboard. Try it.
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From: brandon on 05/27/2011
mine says the media check cable thing and insert boot boot disk and press any key
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From: Henrik on 05/19/2011
My god - you're right - just slam the computer to get it running again. This was my last resort - and it worked - THX!!!
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From: Pavan on 05/19/2011
Hi friends,

i Got the same problem.
I have DELL Studio. bought in 1 year back.
i am seeing the movie and suddenly it got the problem.
when i restart the Laptop, i got the below error:

Media Test Failure, Check cable .
Operationg system not found.

Thanks In Advance.
Pavan

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From: Maria A. on 05/19/2011
I stumbled upon this thread and man, is it long! There’s lots of solutions and it seems to be that one PXE error we all get.

I have an HP Compaq nc8430 laptop. Originally it worked fine. I had an 80gb drive in it. I received it from a friend with no OS installed on it. I tried it out by installing Windows XP from the disc of one of my other comps. I figured I’d do it the right way once I saw that it worked. The Windows I had installed were from Windows XP Home SP1 and the key on the laptop was for Windows XP Pro SP2. I read that there could be many conflicts if the right version was not installed or was installed over another version of Windows.

So I sanitized the disc. This is when I began having problems. I ordered the re-install disc from HP. It would not take the disc. I bought a new HD for it thinking the old one had died. The new drive is a 400gb. Still nothing.

I have been getting assisted from another site. The moderator there told me I should update the BIOS and that most likely, the SATA drivers had been wiped away by the sanitizer and that’s why it didn’t see the HD.

Okay, so I downloaded the SATA drivers and Windows XP SP3. I downloaded nLite to make a slipstream disc in order to re-install the SATA drivers so the HD could work. I also made an iso disc of the new BIOS and ran that as well.

It took the new BIOS but it still doesn’t recognize my HD. I have run the HDD self test, to test out the HD and it passes the tests. How can it pass the tests if it doesn’t SEE it!

Like I said before, I tried all the things here: removing the battery, taking out and putting back in the memory, using the dust blower for the fan, removing and replacing the HD, tightening the screws…and still nothing, still get that PXE message.

Someone here mentioned a BIOS battery and that they removed it and it started working after that. I don’t know if I want to go through all of that but I may have to if all else fails. I am just worried I might, oh, I don’t know…make it worse that it already is! If ANYONE else has tried this route, of taking out the BIOS battery and didn’t have any problems, let me know. Thanks.

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From: chuck on 05/14/2011
I have a Toshiba X205 SLi1 had a problem with the sandwich SLi video cards (3 beeps). Had the cards repaired now computer shows
FOR REALTEK PCI ETHERNET CONTROLLER (among other things)
PXE-E61: MEDIA TEST FAILURE, CHECK CABLE
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE Rom
and would show it over and over.
By pressing ctrl alt delete followed by F2 I got into the BIOS. There I disabled the LAN (save settings) and it went to windows. I was able to duplicate the error message by enabling the LAN again.It appears the LAN was also damaged by the proximity to the video cards (over heat. Blue tooth and wireless work well LAN does not. Hope this helps somebody
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From: Ante on 05/03/2011
I did what you said i took out the HDD and put it in place and now i dont get the media test failure mesage but i still cant boot on my shitty toshiba with windows vista it just gives me the windows failed to start mesagge
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From: kurt on 04/28/2011
I have a Lenovo Y410 laptop (2007) with the same PXE problem, basically not recognizing the operating system and not recognizing the hard drive as well.

I was able to fix my laptops issues, thanks to all of your suggestions. Basically, this is what it amounts to:

1. open the hard disk bay. You need a small philips screwdriver to do that. be careful not to discharge static into the HDD, touch something big and metallic 1st.
2. unseat the HDD and loosen it, detach it from its connections. Reattach snugly. Screw back on its seat.
3. reboot laptop. For me, it worked beautifully. Hope it does for you. Now, I've learned my lesson and WILL BACK UP my data.

Good luck folks, hope this helps along with the other posts.

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From: David on 04/07/2011
Try using the vacuum cleaner to clear out accumulated dust in the grilles behind the PC/laptop. Worked for me!
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From: Tim on 03/02/2011
Thanks for all the replies and info sharing. Here is my experience with the dreaded pxe-061 media test failure on an HP Pavilion ze4325us wireless is not installed on this model. I would also sometimes get Operating System Not Found. Took out battery and tried recovery cds, nothing. Could not change boot order, ESC would not bring up window, F2 would sometimes bring up setup window but it should no HDD present nor any other drive. Replaced HDD and in changing things had stupidly replace battery. Recovery CDs loaded and process was running then on disc 2 something in battery area popped and pc rebooted back to same pxe error....AAAAAAAAAAAHHH. Removed battery pressed reset button again(I forgot to mention that was done every time as well) tried recovery CDs again just on clean AC NO BATTERY! Recovery ran fine, now have a new battery on order as well.
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From: Louise on 03/01/2011
It looks like this one can be caused by many things!

I had this on my netbook, and it was due to the screw that holds the hard drive in place being missing, and the hard drive having therefore come loose. Pushed the hard drive back into place, put a screw in, and its fine.

I think if this has suddenly started happening when you haven't been doing anything to the BIOS / Operating System etc then its worth checking cables / connection.

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From: Ziggy on 01/25/2011
I had the same problem on a friends and it was a loose hard drive.
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From: Nataly on 01/07/2011
hello,

I have a problem with my ibm R40 e

ibm pxe 2.1 build 082 j
pxe e61 media test failure check cable
pxe mof exiting broadcom
pxe rom operating sustem not found

Please help me!!!

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From: ANONYMOUSEE on 11/21/2010
LOL SILLY KIDS TURN OFF YOUR WIRELESS CARD USING THE BUTTON ON THE SITE BOOT THE COMPUTER TURN IT BACK ON AS WINDOWS LOADS. now who has a headache from all the crap ppl suggested :)
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From: r.b on 09/03/2010
This problem accoured on my laptop, check cable. JUst because BATTERY had gone!! Just charge it, eaaaasyyy!!
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From: A-zeus on 08/03/2010
Was messing around with partitions and must of screwed the boot sector, changing the bios to load factory gave me pxe error then I used hirens boot cd (freeware) to boot up using ntldr mode and partition magic to try and fix the mbr. This didn't work so I decided to nuke the hdd and reinstall from the recovery discs (asustek v2.0-xph) and upon booting up the recovery disc detected a problem with the sectors of the hdd, asking if I would like to fix the errors. I clicked yes to each query (one for each partition) and then it successfully made the fix. This is for asus laptop but the same theory should not be ruled out if you think your hdd is dead. I hope this info is useful to others and another thing to mention is when recovering from asus recovery discs make sure there is less than 2gb of ram or the recovery will not startup. After successful installation of the operating system you can install the extra ram. Good luck
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From: Dion on 08/03/2010
My pc upon logging onto it shows the Intel sign to start with then shows me a black screen with
Intel (R) Boot Agent FE V4.1.18
Copyright (C) 1997-2005, Intel Corporation PxE E61: Media Test Failure, check cable
PxE MoF: Exiting Intel Boot Device
or insert Boot Media in selected boot drive and press a key.

I dont have a boot disc and I only experience this today in the morning my pc worked very slowly then this happened. Who can help me ASAP please, I have no computer knowledge, no clue on terminology so in laymens terms please.

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From: bandara on 07/08/2010
I have fujitsu laptop model MS 2239. However, i cannot open it since error massege will appier. those are PXE 61: media text failure, pxe-mof existing pxe rom. please clarify.
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From: Ron on 06/02/2010
Hello!I have a Sony Vaio VGN-V190G and it kept giving me blue screen errors and restarting on its own so I figured it is a bad hard drive. I replaced the hard drive and I am trying to reinstall operating system but it keeps saying the same error messages:PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable PXE-MOF: Exiting PXE ROM.Operating System not found. I NEED HELP PLEASE
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From: SBD on 05/23/2010
YOU CAN ATTEND "INTEL UNDI, PXE-2.0
FOR REALTEK PCI ETHERNET CONTROLLER
PXE-E61: MEDIA TEST FAILURE, CHECK CABLE" THIS SORT OF PROBLEM IN YOUR SYSTEM BY FOLLOWING THE STEPS MENTIONED BELOW"


1. GO TO THE BIOS PRESS F9 "OPTIMUM DEFAULT CONDITION" THEN OK
2. NOW PRESS F10 AND ENTER OK
3. NOW YOUR SYSTEM WILL RUN SUCCESSFULLY WITH SOME WARNING MESSAGES YOU MAY IGNORE THAT.


IF THE PROBLEM LIKE "A BOOTABLE DEVICE HAS NOT BEEN DETECTED" THEN ATTEMPT THE FOLLOWING STEPS CAREFULLY.

METHOD - 1
1. TURN OFF YOUR SYSTEM THEN REMOVE CMOS BATTERY AND HOLD FOR AT LEAST 5 MINUTES AND THEN REINSERT AS IT WAS IN POSITION.
2. ON THE MOTHERBOARD , THERE IS A JUMPER SETTING WHICH IS FOR CLEAR OR RESET THE CMOS SETTING. YOU MIGHT HAVE NOTICED THERE ARE 3 PINS NUMBERING AS 1,2&3.NORMALLY 1 & 2 PIN ARE SORTED BY A JUMPER .
3. NOW TURN OFF YOUR SYSTEM REMOVE THE JUMPER FROM 1&2.AND SORT 2&3 PINS BY THAT SAME JUMPER .
4. NOW TURN ON THE SYSTEM AFTER A WHILE REST THE JUMPER AS IT IS FOR 5 MINUTES AND REINSERT THE JUMPER ON 1&2 PIN .
METHOD - 2
1. GO TO BIOS ENABLE THE "PRIMARY IDE ..." IN BOOT OPTION.
THEN ONLY YOU CAN ABLE TO SEE YOUR HDD ALONG WITH CD/DVD R/W.
2. NOW F10 AND OK TO REBOOT YOUR SYSTEM.

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From: Crazed Laptop owner on 05/13/2010
I had this problem on my IBM Thinkpad A31. I was using it and decided to upgrade the OS and it came up with the PXE-E61 Media Failure.
After several attempts to fix, I pulled out the CD/DVD drive HOSED it out with canned air and it found the Drive and I was able to boot and have a normal life once again. Check your CD/DVD connections it could just be a dirty or incomplete connection.
Hope this helps other owners with this weird problem.

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From: Lewis on 04/27/2010
Hey, i have a fujitsu siemens laptop, it worked pefectly fine yesterday morning, i went to college, and when i got back i turned it on.
It plays the Fujitsu siemens screen with loading at thebottom and the options to go into BIOS, but then after it makes a repeating beep noise, not very loud, about 5 times and i get a screen saying

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting PXE ROM.
Operating System not found

Ifi press anything (F8) it just repeats the message,
I do not know much about computers so if you reply it would be much appreciated if it was for people not "In the know" of computer systems, i took the back off my laptop but i saw no 'loose' cables of such, I hadnt uninstalled or installed anything melacious or important : /
My BIOS type is : PheonixBIOS
i would rather know a DIY way of getting this fixed before i take it to a shop and get charged a billion pound just for them to Format my laptop and reinstall windows and claim they "Fixed" it :@ haha
Thanks for all replies, much appreciated : )

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From: Dave on 04/10/2010
I found this when I got the error with my Acer Aspire 5720G.

I fixed the problem so I thought I'd share what I did as there is a lot of heresay in this thread as to what the problem is.

I got the problem after trying to install Fedora 12 64 over an older Linux partition I already has established on the laptop. After the Fedora install was complete the computer rebooted and I got the same error.

So here is what I did:

WHAT DID NOT WORK:
- Changing boot order, this was the same as it was before, changing it had no effect.
- Hitting the laptop, this is an archaic way to fix things and anyone who knows how hard drives work know this is a bad idea. I didn't even bother with this.
- Loose HDD cable, I took apart the laptop and had a look, the HDD cable was actually loose, I reseated it and tensioned down the screw. This seemed promising (and coincidental) but it didn't change anything, same problem.

WHAT FIXED IT:
- Firstly, I knew the HDD was working because I could boot to a CD that would identify the drive. So I booted using the Windows 7 DVD (laptop ships with Vista and is what I had installed). Selected startup repair, it had a look to see what was wrong with the boot setup, made a few changed and rebooted.

BAM! Grub loaded on boot, I had the option of choosing to boot Windows Vista or Fedora 12. Looks like the Linux installer killed part of the boot information.

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From: Damian on 03/31/2010
Ok everyone, i read a lot of these posts on the site and i know this will sound weird. But i've been receiving this error all day long.

RESOLUTION: i blew out everything with the connectors and tighted the screws on the hard drive that was it....plugged it back in and all my data was there!! Give it a try, trust me it worked.

Good luck everyone, thanks for the help.

Just fyi, i took out the hard drive, tried it in another computer. reformated another hard drive, put in the one with an error as the secondary drive....none of that worked until i tighted the hard screws in place....

Later

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From: marc on 03/21/2010
i came to see what you had for information on the cable ,,what i had to do to find the cable is i had to put an old hardrive with window 98 n what i did was scandisk an all that good stuff n it told the same about the cable,the cable their talking about is the flat cable inside your pc ,hope this helps tc everyone
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From: Steve on 03/19/2010
I had the same PXE-E61 problem on a Gateway laptop. I had another HDD in it and got a hardware error, making me think it was the drive. I bought a new one and used the same Windows 7 DVD I used to install on my desktop and ran into the PXE error.

Turns out there is a driver corruption on my system. I can boot off of a CD (tried to install Linux and worked just fine) but no luck with a DVD.

So the PXE error could be caused by a number of things: a bad cable, a bad drive, a faulty motherboard... or a bad driver.

It's worth trying different medium to check this possibility. The laptop works flawlessly now with the new drive. I still have yet to see if it will play DVD movies or read DVD drives once the OS has booted, but at least I can boot :)

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From: ovidiu on 03/14/2010
ok...
i have the same problem like everybody else..no booting no cd no usb..nothing is working.....
BUT the only differece between me and the other hundreds of people is this:
black screen...and this message" !@#$%^&*&^%$#1238495043?:"{?P){_)(*&^%$#$%^&*()(*?>"L:>P)(*&^"...ANYONE? what in the hell is this?
and it stays like that for minutes?!!!!!!

i can not boot from cd or dvd..because i dont get the option to boot from a cd/dvd
i do have the options to boot from lan...usb bla bla...but no luck with that either...
SO HERE IT GOES GATEWAY...one lovely FML!!!!!!

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From: jimmy on 02/21/2010
Mirko
if you can access the bios can u set it to boot from usb
if so you could download this http://www.fiberdownload.com/Download/20294/WinToFlash
its pretty simple run the wizard default settings will
do insert your windows cd and your usb stick go for a beer
and it will be done when you come back.
hope it helps
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From: roni on 02/01/2010
THIS IS FOR HP AND COMPAQ USERS (it might help others as well)
i had the same problem with my compaq preasrio v6000.
ALL U HAVE TO DO IS
1- START UP UP UR COMPUTER AND PRESS F10
2-GO TO DIAGNOSTICS
3-RUN A HARD DISK TEST
IF IT PASSES THEN YOU JUST NEED TO RE-INSTALL TO YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM
IF NOT YOU WILL HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR HARD DISK.

I HOPE THIS HELPS :)

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From: roni on 02/01/2010
THIS IS FOR HP AND COMPAQ USERS (it might help others as well)
i had the same problem with my compaq preasrio v6000.
ALL U HAVE TO DO IS
1- START UP UP UR COMPUTER AND PRESS F10
2-GO TO DIAGNOSTICS
3-RUN A HARD DISK TEST
IF IT PASSES THEN YOU JUST NEED TO RE-INSTALL TO YOUR OPERATING SYSTEM
IF NOT YOU WILL HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR HARD DISK.

I HOPE THIS HELPS :)

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From: John on 01/31/2010
The advice on this forum has been good; the problem for me was I was dealing with an aged dv1240 pavilion laptop. On this particular model, the BIOS (F23) is a bit ambiguous in setting the boot order. That is, on that one particular screen, it does not use conventional English, or for that matter, Earth practices, to tell the user whether a particular option is selected. There, you have the choice of putting an exclamation point next to a particular boot device. It turns out that the exclamation point means "not installed" or "not selected" on mine. I don't have a clue how this got this way after several years of mostly problem-free operation. Thanks HP for not including any usable manuals, and awesome choice of BIOS.
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From: Mirko on 01/22/2010
helle everyone!

I have a problem.. I got a downloaded (iso) version of Windows 7, it was a trail version.. and when I installed that, I want it to be no trail but i want it to activate, so I downloaded "se7ven activator" so I ran this program BUt what i dind't know was dat my downloaded windows 7 was already activated T_T :O, so when I ran "se7ven activator" it told me to reboot after finish, so i did,, than al of the sudden, my laptop:(Acer Aspire 9300): so i did the reboot but my laptop stopped booting up at Bios ( the beginning of the boot-procces) so now i'm left with a black screen with a white text saying: NVIDIA Boot Agent 232.0529
Copyright (C) 2001-2005 NVIDIA Corporation
Copyright (C) 1997 - 2000 Intel Corporation
ADAPTER_Init: Calling PhyInit

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting NVIDIA Boot Agent.

and i cant do anything,, I can't go to save mode (F8) i can't run cd-roms,, Nothing!!,, But i can do BIOS (boot) mode.. i've try'ed everything!, even the default settings enso on/...


PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!

Thanx allot ;)


Mirko

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From: Paul on 12/27/2009
I've got an asrock Ion 330HT-BD ion system, i have the same problem it uses a seagate drive i can't get it to work. Can anyone help. I've opened the case and reconnected the sata cable and still the same.
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From: benje on 12/19/2009
Oh man. Got my hard drive tested and was bad. Then got another one and had the same thing. I thought i would try simple first, so i hit it on the bottom and wala!It worked! Can't believe it was that simple!
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From: JayMan on 11/08/2009
Finally after hours of trying everything posted on here.. I realized.. The problem is with the Realtech hardware.. Many of you haven't realized that this is what allows for the Lan boot.. Go into the BIOS.. Go into the BOOT options.. and hit Shift+1 to disable the Realtek boot option.. pop in the disk you want to boot from.. and make sure you set your boot options to CD-Rom and then HDD.. and just wait.. be patient.. and the blue screen (for booting) will show up! :)
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From: Yvette on 11/05/2009
Dear Steve. You have no kidding saved my life. I have had this exact issue and followed your advice thus fixing my BIOS problem. I want to give you a heart felt thanks for your comment.
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From: Adam on 10/06/2009
After attempting numerous nukes of my HD, among other things, I finally decided to Goggle the problem. It turns out 100% had something to do with my HD pins, dusted those off and replaced, and I am currently installing Windows (again).
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From: Carlos Parra on 10/01/2009
Acer Aspire 4720Z. HD failed and got this error when I installed the new HD. What worked for me was to disable the LAN boot option. I also changed the HD from ACHI to EDI.

Good luck!

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From: Vitalis on 09/18/2009

HI!
i'm using compaq nx9008 series..
and suddenly black screen and appear
PXE-E61: Media test failure: check cable

Operating system not found

can you give me an advice how to fix this??
i'm realy confused

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From: Jeremy on 09/17/2009
In my case, I simply changed the boot sequence and it fixed it!
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From: Sebastiaan on 09/16/2009
I had the following noobie solution for PXE-E61 Media test Failure on my Acer 5520 laptop. Vista dvd, just click on recovey and then eventually on boot recovery and it worked.
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From: mgiii on 09/12/2009
i have a thinkpad R51 machine 2888. replacing the hard drive yielded the same error messages. i resolved the issue by taking all four screws from the original hard drive as well as the perforated sheet metal cover that comes with the original hard drive and mounting it onto the replacement (WD SCORPIO BLUE 320 GB (EIDE / PATA). it may be that this sheet metal provides a ground or other closed circuit between the final screw cover on the HDD bay back to the motherboard. in any case it works now.
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From: dags on 09/03/2009
repost:
hi!!
i'm using laptop with OS vista HP,suddenly my laptop hang,and blue screen, next i tried to restart my laptop.
and show :
Intel Boot Agent ver 4.0.19
PXE-E61: Media test failure: check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting BROADCOM PXE ROM
Operating system not found

i tried many ways from other forum, and still same.
can you give me an advice to solve this problem??
i'm really confused!!


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From: dags on 09/03/2009
HI!
i'm using acer aspire 4920G series..
and suddenly blue screen and appear

Intel Boot Agent ver 4.0.19
PXE-E61: Media test failure: check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM
Operating system not found

can you give me an advice how to fix this??
i'm realy confused

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From: epeneth on 08/26/2009
pxe-e61 problem in windows server 2003
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From: Steve on 08/18/2009
It took me a while to find this forum again, but I thought it would be worth it if this could help anyone else.

I'm not a certified tech, so excuse me if I'm just repeating what someone else said (but in layman's terms) or if I screw up the terminology. But I think you'll get the idea.

The IBM motherboard that I ran into with this issue only has one IDE connection (for the ribbon cables) on the motherboard, the rest are SATA (the newer type of wires). Whoever put this computer together used an IDE hard-drive as well as an IDE CDRom.

What I found was - they had plugged the hard-drive into the slave position (middle connector) of the IDE cable and had the CDRom plugged into the master position (connection at the far-end) of the IDE cable.

This is why the computer would only boot while there was a bootable CD in the CDRom - The cable was forcing the CDRom to be the Master-drive; so if there was no boot record/files on the CD, the comptuer would claim that there was no operating system.

I hope that makes enough sense to actually help someone.

Good luck!

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From: scooby doo on 08/06/2009
hi all ive read all your posts for this error.
ur all right in one way or another but ive come across this problem alot with peoples systems in the last 6 months and intrestingly enough there is a bios virus affecting the hdd..it initiates security protacals on the hdd with out notice its nothing massive to deal with i normaly find it when scann the hdd on my main frame.
as some one else has said remove the power cable and battery for laptop dissconect the battery or move jumpers(for pc) this will reset the bios incl the security. this will allow u to boot normal but i recomend that u virus scan your system/hdd asap as the problem will come bk.

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From: mark on 08/04/2009
hey guys the real solution to the problem is the cable which connects to your hard drive is loose, you need to remove and reinsert it again or you need to check the connections on your power button to your hard drive. that resolves most of the problems on your desktops as well as laptops.
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From: Sharing on 07/14/2009
I got the similar problem with my laptop Acer Aspire 5550. First, I have 3 partitions C: D: and E: I would like to merge my drives D and E together.
After that, I used Norton Ghost 11.5 when I finished ghost from my image file then I restart and boot from Hard Disk: The Message appears that "PXE-E61: MEDIA TEST FAILURE, CHECK CABLE"

I'm not sure that my Hard Disk get damage or not. Or I make something the wrong ways.

I try to fix all of possible ways such as set default setting on BIOS, set the 1st priority boot from Hard Disk, 2nd CD-ROM and format and ghost hard disk again. it still appears the same problem.

Finally, I try this way:: Format drive C and install Windows XP normally. At the point I can boot my OS. Then I use Norton Ghost again, the result it works without any problem ^^

** I don't know why this problem occur when I ghost my Hard disk at the first time ** Can you tell me what going on ?
Thank you for all suggestions.

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From: tom on 06/19/2009
Toshiba Portege laptop - takes a lot of lumps. Following some of the non-programming suggestions about loose wires and connections and before taking it to a professional for any type of reprogramming the boot priority, I unscrewed the two screws on the cover plate to the drive, gently but firmly pushed on the drive to make sure the pins were seated tightly to the receptor and - Wah-lah! - it works fine. Thank you to all who posted solutions.
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From: SAJEEV on 06/05/2009
Hi, i am using fujitsu siemens laptop i can't open now, its shows operating system not found pxe-e61:media test failure, check cable
pxe-mof:exiting pxe rom..... pls if anyone can help pls .... tks
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From: Dave on 06/04/2009
I had the same problem on my daughter's laptop (Fujitsu Siemens Amilo) and Usman Ghani on 01/06/2008 solution worked for me. I reset the Bios boot to Default and went thru the recovery procedure. My Thanks to Usman Ghani.
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From: dhiraj on 05/08/2009
To solve this problem :

"PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, System won't boot"

1.Go to Bios Settings
2.Remove LAN booting from booting options...For laptop ,type "X" on the LAN booting option.
3.Save The configuration(F10)
This Will Solve this problem


But my problem was little different .System was not able to detect the CD/DVD in my Drive while booting
And my "HardDisk" vista had got corrupted
So finally i got hold of 1 USB DVD drive,booted and installed Vista on my machine


Then later i found out that ,CD/DVD drive reads for Non-bootable CD/DVD
but for bootable CD/DVD ,my system although detects CD/DVD but is unable to read them .

Question to any one here:

Can anyone tell me why Bootable CD/DVD are not being read in my system [The bus is alright and i can detect the CD/DVD drive but cant read on booting ]

but with vista/XP image in my harddisk i can read games/music CD/DVD i n my system

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From: prod on 05/06/2009
please help. i have a similar problem. i have a laptop compaq presario v2000 when i start it up it gives me pxe-e61: media test failure, check cable and also a PXE-M0F Exiting PXE ROM message. i have tried to reinstall OS but 1 min into installation is automatically shuts down on its own. If i try to load from hard drive I get the error message. I have tried change the boot sequence, disabling booting devices and also replacin the HD and nothing seems to work. I see the HD in the BIOS so i know its being recognized. please help
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From: soulhacker on 04/28/2009
::soulhacker :: Hi i am a dell tech and i am trying to resolved this issue right now but all above mentioned is of no use !!!!

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From: Bill on 04/26/2009
The warning message may be misleading. It's likely you may have a bad hard drive.

Every computer has a boot order that it uses to select a boot device. On a typical computer, the boot order goes something like...

CD-ROM
HDD
LAN

This order differs, depending on the BIOS, but it's normal for 3 or 4 options.

Here's the problem...

If you have a bootable CD, it should boot to whatever environment the CD offers. If you don't have a bootable CD in the drive... it checks the next device.

If your HDD is working, it boots to Windows (or Linux, or...). If not... it moves on.

If you have a network cable connected (maybe to a cable modem), it will check that connection. If it doesn't find a boot server, you might get different error message (or maybe the same). When there is no cable connected, it fails.

Since there is no other boot device to check, you see the error ONLY for the last device that failed... "PXE-E61: MEDIA TEST FAILURE, CHECK CABLE."

Most people don't recognize this error, run out to Google, and find themselves possibly mislead from the real issue. Hope this helps, and good luck.

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From: Dhiraj on 04/21/2009
hi ,

i am facing a similar problem

My Vista got corrupted due to some problem with one of its drivers
i am not able to do safe booting as one of the driver crashes

while i try to do normal booting,it boots and restarts on finding a driver failure just before logon(corrupt winlogon.exe)

hence i tried to re-install /Repair Vista

i got the same error
:PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, System won't boot

Then i removed Network and harddisk from Booting options in BIOS settings

and Now once i try to boot from cd/dvd
it gives :"Operating System Not Found"

The CD is fine as it is able to boot on a different machine


Can someone help me with this problem?

I am able to detect the CD Option from Bios,which implies that there should be no problem with Bus connecting to CD Drive

is it a loose cable problem?

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From: Galaxis on 04/21/2009
Alright everyone. I noticed no one said anything about the "ETHERNET CARD" which apparently are implications of the error statement.

I'm not saying that none of the aforementioned solutions are invalid, but I want to address another possible solution- a solution which did in fact was the remedy to my problem.

"FOR REALTEK PCI ETHERNET CONTROLLER
PXE-E61: MEDIA TEST FAILURE, CHECK CABLE"

As you can see with the above statement, the Ethernet Card lies in question.

Now this was on my laptop, not a desktop. There were 2 small cables that attached to the back of my Ethernet card, which needed to be adjusted. I noticed one of them was not even attached. I was like 'what the hell?!" because I was installing a new hard-drive with higher capacity. Initially I thought it was a hard-drive problem. I then proceeded to switch the boot order, but to no avail. It was Obviously my "Realtek PCI Controller" as implicated in the above statement. So I was like "Hmmm... strange. It seems I wasted 95 dollars on this Hard Drive." I noticed there was a loose cable which attaches to the back corner of the PCI card. As a matter of fact it wasn't even connected at all. I then attached the mess, and now it runs fine. "Damn, where's my refund." :( I hope this helps guys & gals.

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From: Boston Patriot on 04/16/2009
I own an IBM Thinkpad R51. I got this message today and learned that it had to do with a missing screw holding the Hard Drive in place. I didn't have access to the screw but merely gripped the Hard Drive bay tightly and the machine booted right away.
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From: Ulrika on 04/15/2009
I bought Acer 9920G laptop 3.5 months ago and was generally quite pleased with it so far.

However, last week and switched it on and got this message upon load up:
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable.
PXE-M0F: Exiting Broadcom PXE ROM.
Operating System not found.

Well, I got a bit worries, googled this on my other computer, some other forums mentioned that it could be due to the Hard Disk failure.

Anyway, I took it back to the shop where I brought it from, the techy guy powered the laptop and it worked fine (???). He said it might be due to some loose wire inside that got back into place whilst I was carrying it to the shop.

I was quite relieved, took the laptop back home, powered it and got the same error message as before!!! I unplugged the whole thing again, carried it around the house and it was working again (just).

I then called Acer support line and spoke to the rudest man on Earth. I explained what happened and he said it was due to the loose hard drive. I asked if I could send the laptop back to them so someone could have a look at it and fix the loose hard drive. He said I would have to pay for this because the laptop was working at this current moment. I told him that the laptop was only 3.5 months old and still under warranty and I should not pay for fixing any manufacturing defects. He then said that it was not Acer's fault because I did not buy the laptop from them but from the shop. When I said how it was shop's fault that they receive faulty products from the manufacturer, he told me that he could not help me because "operating system going missing" is a software issue and nothing to do with Acer.

This is the most appalling customer service I have ever witnessed - it's absolutely shocking!
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From: Jessicool on 04/14/2009
I've had the same problem. Disconnecting all components from the tower. Removing the back & gently blowing any dust out of the inside. I checked all connections & made sure they were snug. I replaced the case & it started right up.
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From: saad on 03/18/2009
i need your help
i started the hp dll380 g5 for the first time it worked normally
but when i tried to reboot for the next time with the system installation and recovery cd i faced a problem
the problem is i can not rebbot again it gives me this message
( an invalid logical drive configuration has been detected refer to user guide for instruction and configuration driver )
please can you just help me am waiting for your reply and thank you for your support and help
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From: MEATBAT on 03/09/2009
Simple solution. Change boot order so HDD is first.
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From: finny on 02/27/2009
dear people
it is simply a hard drive fault,on some pcs it will boot on some it will do nothing,the only answer is to change the hard drive,if under warrenty send back.i have come accross this problem 4 times and when i put the drive in another working notebook or pc it gave the same message,only once was an ide cable loose.
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From: zeeshan on 02/12/2009
3com PXE,VERSION
0.99J.03PXE-E61: MEDIA TEST FAILURE, CHECK CABLE
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From: jeff on 01/22/2009
i have a cf-50 with the imfamous pxe-media test failure now i know what this my comp is not seeing the hard drive is this due to a corrupt hard drive or will i have more problems when i replace the hard drive
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From: JR on 12/11/2008
wait what are BIOS? any explanation porfavor??????
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From: JR IS SAD on 12/11/2008
EVERYONE JUST GONNE LEAVE ME HANGIN LEKE THIS C'MON I GOT THIS LAPTOP FOR MY BIRTHDAY AND I CANT EVEN USE IT.....
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From: JR on 12/11/2008
i have a Toshiba Satellite A-65 and i tried to download windows and it went insane on me now its saying that i have this error but even with the original restoration disc it wont even show the main menu

Help! anyone

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From: peter on 11/24/2008
Had the same problem with my toshiba satellite it would not boot up so I did what matt/chrlie said about giving my laptop a god smacking and prestop everything is now working fine Thank you so much.
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From: Bill-CMS- Sticks AL on 11/15/2008
I had the same problem, inserted the Windows XP disk loaded from it, ran repair installation. Ran chkdsk /r, Fixboot from the command prompt works great now. Hope this helps someone else. A lot of people thinking it's the hard drive, if you have access to an external enclosure, remove the hard drive and see if you can view contents from another PC. You can also run disk diagnostic utilities too from here!

Good Luck!

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From: Giuse on 07/22/2008
I am so glad I found this thread! I have a Lenovo T43p, fantastic machine untill it failed to boot up, with the same error messages (with some mild variation)as the rest of you have found. Being computer illiterate I found this website great. I went into Bios and changed the settings to make the hard drive the first in the boot up order and it worked! Will spend the rest of the day backing up my hard dive though.
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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.

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From: Marcello on 06/04/2008
Hi, i finally solved the nightmare of a Compaq Presario 2100 (2145EU) and i'm glad to share it with you.
The problem was initially a faulty hard disk, windows didn't start.
I bought a new hard drive, 80 Gb Western Digital, 5400rpm, 5v 0,55A, instead of the 40gb Seagate, 4200rpm, 5v 0,47A.
I told you this beacause at first i thought that more power was required from the new hard disk, but that doesn't matter: this new hard disk works perfectly.
Let's continue.
When i mounted the new hard disk i tried to re-install Xp with the COmpaq Restore Disk but i was forced to exit because "no disk found" error, "press F3" >> exit.
Then i tried to enter bios to manually configure the new hard drive but i found out that i had to enter a password that NO ONE NEVER ENTERED !!!
I tried to reboot several times in all ways, with the battery, without it....no result...

There was only that message "Argon PXE Error...Cable..."

I thought that PXE was a kind of protection...but PXE is only a procedure to boot a computer from a network.
Maybe the protection is written somewhere in the bios...i don't know...but i find very strange that suddenly appears a password and that a new hard drive is not recognized...
I hate Compaq for this...the only solution they gave me (HP) was "Send us the notebook"...

I searched backdoors but i wasn't able to find only one working.
I searched informations over and over...i was disperate.
I even read this entire post and finally i found out that this damn notebook has, like any other stupid computer, a bios battery.

It's located in the deepest corner of the bottom and if you want to reach it you MUST disassemble everything BUT IT WORKS !!!

Download the Service Manual, it explains how to disassemble the notebook. Once you reach the motherboard, disassemble it too and under there's the battery...remove it and reassemble the notebook.
At first i waited 20 minutes, i reassembled it and i didn't get nothing...hard drive was not recognized and the password was always there....you can imagine how i felt...
After a few days i tried again, this time i reassembled it without the battery and at the first shot in the bios appeared something like "Updated Configuration"...hard disk led activity started to blink and everything worked.
I had a doubt even on the hard disk adapter so i made this operation, with a thin object gently lift a bit every single pin, this way you'll be sure that, when inserted it's ok with the male connector on the mother board.
That's all, i don't know if i will recover the battery, i think that if the notebooks works fine it doesn't need it.
Marcello from Italy

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From: matt on 05/29/2008
From: Chrlie on 01/26/2008
I had this problem on my HP, had been through all advise I could find and was about to give up and spend £££ to get it fixed and I HIT the laptop on the back, Heh presto it works. My Dad always said a good smack never does ya wrong..


you are a genious sir ! i have tried everything possible short of burning it , and all i had to do was smack mine and presto it works again , thank you for the help!!! you are a man amongst men and a scholar !!

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From: rob on 05/10/2008
sorry if someone already posted this but i fixed mine by moving the jumper on the HD out of the cable select position. Working fine now!
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From: Daniel F. Boada on 04/21/2008
Acer Aspire 4720G,

the hard disk was complitely disconnected from the socket. The m.f. from acer that repaired it last time forgot to screw it again. Tomorrow i will call them and i hope they fire him. Because of him i have lost lot of time...

Dani.

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From: Andrew on 04/09/2008
I am getting the same error on my Acer Aspire 9410z notebook. After reading the many posts here I would think that my Hard Disk is not seated properly. Luckily though I am still under warrantee and will have a tech check the disk seating before I send it off to Manufacturer for repair. I refuse to open it myself, because I do not want to risk voiding the warrantee.

I will post back here later to let you know if this was the issue. I will be extremely unhappy if it is actual drive failure because I have a lot of data I do not want to lose.

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From: gaz evans on 02/12/2008
Well here is a little something to bend your brains for a bit!!I have THE PROBLEM media test failure when i use my reboot disk or any other copy of xp................so why when i try to use ANY VISTA DISK IT WORKS LIKE A DREAM?confused well so am i!
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From: Frank on 02/05/2008
I had the same problem and it turns out I had a bad CD-Rom drive. After I took out the drive it booted right up. It has to be either the Hard drive or your CD-Rom drive if it is skipping those two boot sequences and going directly to a network boot. Hope this helps.
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From: Gib on 02/03/2008
Hey, Ihave the same problem. I installed a new HD 160GB and my system will not recoginze the HD. It runs at 20GB and takes forever to boot up. I am trying to get into the Set up to reformat to HD, but it keeps saying "NO OS" What do I do?
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From: Chrlie on 01/26/2008
I had this problem on my HP, had been through all advise I could find and was about to give up and spend £££ to get it fixed and I HIT the laptop on the back, Heh presto it works. My Dad always said a good smack never does ya wrong..
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From: Usman Ghani on 01/06/2008
I've finally cracked it

I have the Toshiba Satellite 1905-S301. I replaced my HDD n faced to same problem.

But i found a solution n thought i'd share it with u lot.

Actually, this problem is faced due to incorrect BIOS Setting or Faulty or not good HDD.

The Solution; Simple, just enter the BIOS Setup on the booting ur system. Then reset the settings to Default or Optimized n then Save n Exit. Inshallah it will work.

Ofcourse if u've installed a new HDD (like me) it wont have have an OS on it. So simply install your desired OS.

Thanx

Hope this solves ur Problem

Usman (CR7)

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From: Angie on 12/10/2007
I have Panasonic CF50 I am also getting the PXE E61 media test failure, I tried all your suggestions below and nothing works, now screen is flickering. I can't get past all the messages "For Realtex etc. Can anyone tell me if there is a way to back up my files before I have my laptop re-imaged? I can't access anything. Can you backup in safe mode. I have been told my hard drive is corrupt.

I would appreciate any input in backing up files.

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From: inner ear on 11/15/2007
why are ^-you-^ yelling... all caps.. the humanity...

btw... had the same issue with a HP Pavilion ze5170. the original HD was bad, put in a different HD and got this error. updated the bios, still had issue, tried low level formating and installed ubuntu again, still had issue. I know it was the drive connection acting up and not the onboard lan because lan was to boot last and in the main bios screen the HDD showed none. i placed a folded piece of index card behind drive to force it as tight as possible in the slot and the drive appeared in the bios and grub loaded away....

in my case it was definitly the connection and not a boot order/ lan boot issue. so if you get this error try the Lan fixes then move to shimming with paper and if still and error... type in all caps like dude above me

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From: Miles on 11/15/2007
I check my hard drive to make sure it was seating properly.

I cut a manilla folder and placed it on the side of the hard drive to make it fit tighter and made sure the pins all lined up.

This made the PXE-E61: Media Test Failure error go away. It had nothing to do with the Modem/Ethernet card.

Make and Model of Laptop:
HP Pavillion ze2000

Thanks for all the suggestions!

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From: Nick on 10/28/2007
Hey I have the same problem on my Dell Dimension 8200, PXE-E61: MEDIA TEST FAILURE, CHECK CABLE. The original HD I had in it didn't work anymore so I went out and bought a new HD and Windows XP. I put in the HD in my friends computer and installed Windows XP on it and then put it in my computer when I connected everything it gave me that error. I don't know what to do, can someone help?
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From: Colin on 10/28/2007
Hi,

I'm having similar problems and haven't resolved them, so any help would be appreciated.

I have a PC with a Maxtor Diamond max Plus 8 HD and an AS rock motherboard.

All the connections seem to be tight, I have unplugged the IDE cable, dusted the connections and put it back in.

What seems to be unusual is tht in my case, it happened when I was just surfing the web, the computer just rebooted itself and the problems started. I didn't replace the HD or anything like that.

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From: gene on 10/18/2007
From: gene on 10/18/2007
Heres what I did
I removed the pc battery,then the hard drive checked the pins and the contact inside all which were good.
I adjusted the bracket holding the hard drive out a little so the hard drive sits completely in side the connector,then tightend it with the screw but cut cardboard form a box to fit between the screw lock and the cover for added tightness in the case when moved .
Both errors were gone.

This is a Toshiba Satellite with XP Home on it.

Thats why we have the computer show we do live on the radio and coming back soon and people need answers.
We actually help.

Bits & Bytes


I hope I helped.

suneradio.com
email is info@suneradio.com Let me know how you made out.

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From: Yusuf on 09/28/2007

I had same problem with IBM t43. And I changed boot settings in bios. I set HDD as first boot devise, and it worked!

Thanks to those people above who suggested solutions, it saved my one week!

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From: Fabio on 09/18/2007
Notebook ACER TravelMate 2423WXCi

" Intel UNDI, PXE - 2.0 (build 082)
Copyright © 1997 - 2000 Intel Corporation

For Realtek RTL8139(X)/8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.13 (020326)
PXE - E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.
Operating System not found "

I try by now :

1. Change the order to boot
2. Load default settings
3. Disabled "Network boot" - then i apear just " Operating System not found "
4. Remove HDD, RAM memory, put back - no result
5. I try to boot after a CD bootable - no result

Last attempt is to use a hammer.

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From: posty on 08/28/2007
hi;

my ibm t43 showed a pxe-e61 media failure and other things which look similar to what is mentioned in this thread - i am travelling and the machine has been trucked aruond a bit - i just want to know if this typically means hard disk failure - or just a loose connection? have i lost stuff from the HD - can anyone tell me please?

thanks!

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From: john on 08/18/2007
I had a similar problem recently when my laptop screen stated boot disk failure etc etc. I took off the cover to my harddrive and discovered the HDD pins were not fully home in the connection socket, this may have happened during moving the laptop around who knows right? I packed the HDD with some simple cardboard pieces at its base and no problems have occurred since.

Simple but effective - shows its not always a software error!!

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From: George on 06/23/2007
i dont know what it is i am going to restore the sustem later it dhould work
George
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From: Me on 06/09/2007
I have a solution to the media test failure check cable operating system not found problem.
Go to the highest point building, cliff, large hill and hurl the bastard as far as you possibly can.
I guarantee this will fix the problem
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From: Jason on 05/08/2007
Strangely my girlfriends laptop is having a similar problem. However it appears fine, I can boot into safemode, but when I try to boot into regular windows it crashes. Seems to have nothing to do with bios, as it crashes after windows has begin to load. Any ideas? I figured upgrading the realtek ethernet controller drivers would probably be a good fix.
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From: Alex on 04/26/2007
Get a screwdriver, take out the harddrive, dust out the connectors, and put it back in. Thats it! Thanks alot David!!! saved ALOT of time
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From: srk on 04/13/2007
Hi
I'v purchased acer laptop in Auatralia,its been 18 months there was no problem.
My laptop started troubling me :
PXE-E61:MEDIA TEST FAILURE,CHECK CABLE
PXE-MOF:EXISTING BROADCOM PXE ROM
OPERATING SYSYTEM NOT FOUND
i read few of the post and checked the BIOS setting ,network boot is disabled.Then i gently tapped on the back cover where hard disk is present it started working properly but the problem seems to be still existing.so what do you suggest go for a change in harddisk,if yes can anyone tell me wat would be the approximate cost of the hardisk.
i had visited the acer care clinic ,the technician told me there was a connector problem and i have to replace the motherboard,i dont think he is telling me the truth .
can any one suggest me what should i do,i require my laptop to function properly its very much required .
Plz Reply
thank You
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From: David on 04/07/2007
I had the message on my IBM T43

PXE Media Test Failure Check Cable
PXE M0F Exiting Broadcom PEX ROM
Operating System not found

Solution: Remove Hard Drive and replace.

Works great. Thanks to the forum i saved loads of stress, hours of time, and money.

Thank you

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From: PrankQ on 03/02/2007
i got this same problem with my Toshiba Satellite when upgrading the hard drive... was planing on installing windows to the new hard drive... the hard drive was recognized in the BIOS so i knew it was connected... with my windows cd in the cdrom, with every reboot i would get:

PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Check Cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE Rom

my problem was solved when i switched out the windows cd i was using with another... i guess my cdrom just didnt like my first cd...idk

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From: Solomon on 03/01/2007
I made my hard drive the first device to boot from. Default was USB, CD-ROM, and then hard drive.
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From: Sloughboy on 01/16/2007
try taking out the hard drive and battery and then replacing them. Sounds stupid, but it has worked here and it was in our case just a physical issue. Bangs etc. can unsettle even the most relighable laptop.

Regards
Sloughboy

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From: Nigel on 01/10/2007
On my girlfriends toshiba satellite, I found that the
pxe-e61 Media test failure, check cable
pxe-mof exiting pxe-rom

was simply because the hard drive had come lose and was not connected. Good luck

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From: Bob on 12/29/2006
Desktop Boards
Error: PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable. PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel(R) ROM



Symptom(s):


Error: PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable.
PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel® ROM

Cause:
This is an expected operation. In the Boot Device priority setting in BIOS, you will see Removable Dev. (floppy), Hard Drive, ATAPI CD-ROM, and typically last is Intel® UNDI PXE 2.0. This setting will attempt to boot off a remote agent using the onboard NIC. By seeing this message it means the PC cannot find a boot partition on the floppy disk, hard drive or the CD ROM to load the operating system.

Solution:


Install an operating system or put in a bootable device into the floppy or CDROM.

If you do not plan to boot to a remote boot host, you may disable the Intel® UNDI PXE 2.0 option from the BIOS setup utility boot order.

Relevant Information:

No operating system installed
C drive does not have an operating system loaded
No bootable floppy diskette in diskette drive

This applies to: Intel® Desktop Board CA810E
Intel® Desktop Board D810E2CA3
Intel® Desktop Board D810E2CB
Intel® Desktop Board D815EEA/D815EPEA
Intel® Desktop Board D815EEA2/D815EPEA2
Intel® Desktop Board D815EFV/D815EPFV
Intel® Desktop Board D820LP
Intel® Desktop Board VC820





End of Interactive Support Announcement
These products are no longer being manufactured by Intel. Additionally, Intel no longer provides interactive support for these products via telephone or e-mail, nor will Intel provide any future software updates to support new operating systems or improve compatibility with third party devices and software products.
THESE DOCUMENTS ARE PROVIDED FOR HISTORICAL REFERENCE PURPOSES ONLY AND ARE SUBJECT TO THE TERMS SET FORTH IN THE "LEGAL INFORMATION" LINK BELOW.For information on currently available Intel products, please see www.intel.com and/or developer.intel.com



Solution ID: CS-002860 (1.0.3220632.3108509)
Date Created: 27-Dec-2002
Last Modified: 22-Jun-2004

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From: Kieran on 12/26/2006
I have an Acer 1524WLMi Laptop and i am getting roughly the same problem as you all except the symptoms are a little different:

PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Check Cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting PXE ROM
Operating System Not Found

I have checked the BIOS and the boot order is fine, i don't kno much about the BIOS so im not touching it :S.

As it is a laptop and i am not a professional i am not going to completely disassemble it but i do suspect that the problem stems from a faint rattling coming from the computer.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

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From: jayme on 12/15/2006
i need help.
i know absolutely nothing about my laptop. it is a Compaq Presario V2000, which i got from my boyf. i replaced the hard drive, which was crap. now i get the message PXE Media Test failure, check cable. i entered the Phoenix BIOS and changed boot order to hard drive. same. on my BIOS main menu, i have no primary/master screen. it only lists date, time, model, processor stuff, memory, BIOS version, serial number. i ran the hard drive tests, it is fine. does this just mean that i need to boot windows from a cd? or is something wrong with my BIOS? i know absolutely nothing about this stuff. i just want this to work...
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From: Matt on 11/09/2006
Hello,
I have the PXE-E61: Media test failure problem as well accept a few variations.


NVIDIA Boot Agent, PXE-2.0 (build 082 V1.82)
Copyright (C) 2001 NVIDIA Corporation
Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-EM0F: Exiting, NVIDIA Boot Agent.
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER


That is what comes up so if anyone could help me out that would be great.

So far I tried "hitting it" and changing the bios so but I believe I might have done the bios thing incorrectly if that is even the solution.

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From: Andy on 11/05/2006
This happened with my Packard bell, i messed about with the bios boot setting but that didnt help i tried taking the battery out then back in again and shaking it to see if anything is loose then i tried booting again and it worked im not sure what it was but i do think its on its last legs,when it booted back up it did the Windows XP CHKDSK.

i am going to bacl up all files as dont truct it anymore.

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From: MikeyG on 10/04/2006
Sony Vaio notebook
Similiar message, similiar problem.
Picked up the problem right after connecting to client's LAN

Hardware secure
Problem solved by entering the BIOS (aka setup)
on my laptop its F2 (F1 on others).
In BIOS, press F9 to reset the default boot order
(Making sure network boot was disabled)
btw, system at first wouldn't let me get into BIOS until I removed the
laptop battery and put it back.

Once fixed make yourself an OS boot disk
Start the OS
Format Floppy (quick format is OK)
From C:\
Copy NTLDR, NTDETECT.com, Boot.ini
to the floppy
Boot from floppy to test

Good Luck
MikeyG, MCT, MCSE

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From: emily on 10/03/2006
hey

i have an acer aspire 5012WLMi computer and i have a similar problem with the media test failure comming up as my computer boots up..... its in connection to an ethernet cable i think????

this is not stoping my pc from booting but am trying to set up a wireless connection atm and the system will not find the ip address automatically we think because of this problem!!

any solutions/ideas much appreciated!

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From: Mario on 09/18/2006
I have that problem on my notebook IBM a31p yesterday.
Hdd have some strange noices few times and ewriting stop on tft. Hdd led is on but hi doesent work.
After restart he tell me :

Invalid system disk
Replace the disk, and press any key

After another restart:

A disk read error accurred
Press ctrl + alt + del to restart

Again restart:

Intel (r) Boot agent version 4.0.22
Copyright (c) 1997 - 2001, intel corporation
Intel base - code, pxe - 2.1 (build 083)
Copyright (c) 1997 - 2001, intel corporation
pxe - e61 : media test failure, check cable
pxe - mof : exiting intel pxe rom
operating system not found

After that i put mu boot disc ACRONIS and backup system pictures from DVD media...
And now, hi is fine... :)
And i am hapy.

But this time i switch update OFF :)

Mesage for people who work graphic design. If you have lot of FONTS in system, that demage system! I put 1000 and my PC is slow 10x!
Best regards people.


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From: Paul on 09/08/2006
In my case the solution was to remove a plastic tray from slot called "Express card" - Intel agent was trying to fire up a network or something with this tray inside.
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From: John on 08/30/2006
I came across the same problem (PXE-E61: MEDIA TEST FAILURE, CHECK CABLE) when I was trying to replace the old hard drive. I tried everything that were suggested in this thread, and none of them solved the problem. Then I began to suspect that it might come out of the combination of OS and BIO. That led me to try using a Windows XP Home CD, instead of Windows XP Pro CD. Surprisingly, the problem does not happen any more. Honestly speaking, I do not know exactly why, but it works. Hope this is helpful for some of you.
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From: Bntbrl on 06/25/2006
I had the same problem. I read this post and checked the battery thing by unplugging for a few minutes. Nothing. Same prob.

I hit F2 at boot up and I looked at the boot sequence. Hdd Cd ExtDrv NIC

I looked at HDD and it said HDD: None

Thereby I deduced that it was either dead or unplugged.

I shook the laptop like recommended above and it sounded like something was not right.

I took the cover off the laptops HD tray and the HD had come unplugged completely as there is nothing else to hold it in other than friction. I plugged it in and it works fine now.

I wouldnt mess with the settings first, I would check the HD connection before I started altering a bunch of settings.

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From: bntbrl on 06/25/2006
I had the same problem. I read this post and checked the battery thing by unplugging for a few minutes. Nothing. Same prob.

I hit F2 at boot up and I looked at the boot sequence. Hdd Cd ExtDrv NIC

I looked at HDD and it said HDD: None

Thereby I deduced that it was either dead or unplugged.

I shook the laptop like recommended above and it sounded like something was not right.

I took the cover off the laptops HD tray and the HD had come unplugged completely as there is nothing else to hold it in other than friction. I plugged it in and it works fine now.

I wouldnt mess with the settings first, I would check the HD connection before I started altering a bunch of settings.

Good luick.

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From: Matt on 04/18/2006
Thanks for the advice here - gave it a good whack and all seems fine.
Cheers,
Matt
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From: Paul M.M on 04/12/2006
Hi all. Eish i have this problem, my IBM thinkpad T22 has been working just fine. But i had the key just went gracy and i opened it thinking i need to put in correctly. then i tried to boot. It said i have not inserted harddrive. But it lid shows its still there. It further asked me to press enter to exit. Funilly it booted well.

When i boot it latter, the same problem occured but cold'nt boot instead told me of the pxe-e61 media test failure. Eish help me out guys please. What can be the poblem?

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From: d on 04/11/2006
ran into the problem again.
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From: d on 04/04/2006
happy to say that unplugging for 20-30 secs fixed my prob. thanks guys
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From: JR on 04/02/2006
Hey guys, I also had the "PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable" problem and after reading the postings above I decided to "hit it" a little... and WORKED!!!!! My computer needed to be punished I think... Good luck and tnks for the hints!
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From: aj on 03/21/2006
Hey, I'm happy to have found this thread. I first experienced this message yesterday several hours after hearing some strange mechanical sound (hard drive or fan?) like an inconsistent motor speed. A CHKDSK immediately after hearing the sound revealed no disk errors. While backing up up a DVD, the "Intel UNDI..." msg reoccurred over and over, and the machine would not reboot properly. It seemed to ignore all keyboard input upon restart including getting into BIOS. The farthest it would get was the colorful Windows XP screen where it would hang.

After leaving it off overnight, it seems to have fixed itself. Now I'm doing a full backup just in case I lose data integrity. I was ready to buy a new hard drive, but the very helpful information on this thread has me thinking of alternative methods including being more aware of heat dissipation (propping up the laptop front, buying a cooling unit as a base for underneath). This is my 5th laptop in my life, and the first time I've ever seen this; possibly it's the extreme heat generated by modern laptops. Thanks everyone!

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From: dragonember on 03/14/2006
Ok fixed the lack of a boot device lol. Hit the hard drive and few times and all of a sudden it detected that and the cd rom device.

now it says "NTLDR is missing."

This is a corrupt OS file from XP right?

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From: dragonember on 03/14/2006
I'm having the same problem. it says:
3com pxe, version 0.99j.03

PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE

I disabled the PXE in the bios, but I can't get the C drive to be in the bootlist. Now it says "No boot device available". ARG! I bought this computer from a guy I know at school, he said he put xp on it. When I insert my 98 se cd, the computer won't boot up with that either.
Any ideas?

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From: tony on 03/10/2006
I have had this problem on two separate laptops - one from Compaq (after the acquisition), and another (a replacement of the first) from HP; HP customer support was completely useless (chat, e-mail, and calling); after they sent two replacement HDDs, none of which worked, they agreed to refurbish the machine; on the second machine, the problem seems to occur during overheating; remedies include cooling the machine and removing the HDD and reinserting; I wish this was a more isolated problem, but I am at least comforted to see that it is not an exclusively PC manufacturer issue, but perhaps a component issue (in other words, I don't have to feel stupid for buying the "wrong" brand every time this damn problem crops up);
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From: shark on 03/05/2006
thanks guys for the info, My laptop has had this problem and now its sorted.

To Fix this problem I had to change the boot sequence in my BIOS and turn on the devices, I had them switched off because of another problem whereby the only way to fix it was to format the hard drive.

Please ensure guys if you have a problem to have your hard disk drive as the 1st boot device and then your floppy disk cd/dvd rom etc. Making the Network boot the last on the list

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From: Francisco on 01/17/2006
Debo Decirles que lo mas probable...o sea...un 90% de posibilidades, que el Disco Duro este malo.....Ya sea que esra dañado, o perdieron el sistema operativo...Chequeen la Bios,si esta todo ok..es el disco Duro
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From: Jhun on 01/09/2006
Hi guys,

This is the problem that I encountered on my HPCompaq Presarion 2500,
PXE - E61: MEDIA TEST FAILURE: CHECK CABLE. I just set up the "default" in the BIOS and it worked! Thanks

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From: Elaine on 01/02/2006
I tried the suggestion to shake/hit the pc and that appears to have corrected the problem (Nate 10/24/05).

Thanks so much Nate!

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From: |Joe on 12/20/2005
Had this problem myself, was driving me crazy! Loading defalt fail-safe bios settings seems to have fixed it so far! Cheers for the suggestion!
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From: Mick on 11/23/2005
Try typing CTRL S and then enable local boot
Hope this helps.
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From: Tron on 11/04/2005
This error occurs whenever the bios can't get to the boot device.
Each of the solutions listed above works for one or more of several root causes.

It's a shame that it's so complicated, and I hate to add another possible cause, but none of those fixes applied to the Toshiba laptop I just fixed. In this case the error occurred right after installing Norton GoBack.

I got it to boot into Windows by accident, with a bootable CD. It didn't actually boot FROM the CD, it just verified that it COULD, asked if I wanted to, and when I didn't press a key to boot from CD, it then went ahead and booted from C:. I dunno why...

I then de-installed Norton GoBack, and all was fine.
It turned out that the Master Boot Record changes used by GoBack were incompatible with the BIOS's recognizing C:. GoBack's deinstall restored the original Windows MBR, and all worked fine.

Good thing I got distracted while it asked me to press a key to boot from CD... 8)

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From: Nate on 10/24/2005
The oldest electronic troubleshooting technique has been the most effective for me: shake it! hit the darn thing and it boots.
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From: renz on 09/03/2005
hi!

i have this message:

Intel UNDI PXE-2.0 (Build 082)
Copyright © 1997 - 2000 Intel Corporation

For Realtek RTL8139(x)/8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v. 2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61: Media Test Failure. Check Cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM

i tried to install Linux 9.3 but when i choose to boot from cd-rom this failure shows up..

btw,

I hava a laptop with these specs:

Toshiba satellite M35x-S149
Celeron M - 1.5GHz
Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller - 64Mb - Intel Extreme Graphics 2
479Mb RAM
60Gb HDD - No Partition
WinXP Sp2

i also disabled the network boot but it seems doesn't work

btw, when i press F12 it will show a menu. you can choose from the menu where you want to boot the laptop. mine has in the menu. 1.HDD 2.Removable Drives 3.Cd/DVD rom 4.Network

but i already disabled the network so 4. didnt show up.

i already tried to install suse 9.3 and suse 10 beta 3 but this error annoys me then later i tried to install suse 8.0, there are no errors...

btw, after that error, it boots to my current OS

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From: bmichaelc2004 on 10/31/2004
Two things guys:

one solution could be to reset the defaults in the bios menu; a seperate issue may concern the hard drive (take it out, and put it back in, making sure the pins touch the motherboard) these 2 solutions seem to work 95% of the time (the bit about removing the battery? gimme a break)
in out of the ordinary cases, something may be wrong with the ethernet controller, another possibility (for if the 2 presented solutions dont work) is the lcd screen **firstly, do the obvious and make sure there is no disk in the computer, and make sure the monitor is plugged in all the way

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From: Rahul on 10/24/2004
Hi,
I have a toshiba notebook..and the same problem :(

Based on all the suggestions above - I decided to open the machine. I had managed to find the hdd and removed it and replaced it back.
It is still not working..any other ideas?

Also replacing the external battery after taking it out (not the cmos battery) does not work.
Do I need to replace the cmos battery also?

Someone please do the honors

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From: Mark on 09/13/2004
My Dell Inspiron 2500 laptop had the same error. I removed the HD from the caddy & installed it without the caddy & it booted fine. You have to play around with the caddy to make the HD contacts line up with the contacts on the motherboard. The connection is very touchy.
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From: Steve on 09/13/2004
THIS IS FOR VICTOR:

Hey, i got this same problem. As for option 3:

3) Unscrewed the hard drive access panel, removed the laptop's hard drive and reinstalled the hard drive (making sure the drive's metallic pins were inside the female seating).


What do you mean by Female seating. My harddrive has the same problem as yours, i did everything, and also step 3...maybe not correctly.

Why would there be a harddrive issue....could dropping it causes such problems.

Please advise, thanks!

regards,

steve

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From: Chris on 06/06/2004
Any clue as to what to do when you can't even get to the BIOS?
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From: B on 06/03/2004
I think this message is the result of an attempt to boot via the lan. In some cases, the boot sequence may resolve the problem, but specifically in my case, i think i am getting the error because there is nothing in the floppy or cd rom to boot from, and i am guessing the hdd or at least the mbr on the hdd is messed up, therefor, the last attempt the machine makes is to boot via lan. that last attempt is causing the error for me, since there is no lan. I will attempt to confirm this by using a new hdd, with the os freshly installed. I know the hdd is acessable, because a boot with floppy works fine, i can browse the hdd completely (hence my conclusion the mbr is messed up)
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From: Victor on 06/01/2004
Regards to everyone from sunny and warm Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

I have a Gateway 600YGR laptop that showed the following message on boot up:


Intel Boot Agent ver 4.0.19
PXE-E61: Media test failure: check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM
Operating system not found


Initially, I thought this situation was the result of a virus (although unlikely as I have an updated antivirus solution, a firewall and I keep up to date with Microsoft updates).

But then I ran a search using the PXE-E61 as a keyword and found this discussion board. Based on what I read, I tried the following:

1) Removed the laptop battery for two and a half minutes and replaced it. This was not a satisfactory solution.

2) Pressed "Delete" on boot up to access the laptop's BIOS. The "Boot on LAN" option was in the 5th position after (1) CD-DVD, (2) Removable drive (read: "3 1/2 floppy drive"), (3) Hard drive 1, (4) Hard drive 2. There is no option to disable the "Boot on LAN" in this BIOS. This, needless to say, was not a satisfactory solution either, since the "Boot on LAN" was not before the hard drives in the boot up sequence.

3) Unscrewed the hard drive access panel, removed the laptop's hard drive and reinstalled the hard drive (making sure the drive's metallic pins were inside the female seating).

I am happy to say that this last attempt was satisfactory, and I saved a visit to a laptop repair shop.

I hope my recounting helps other folks save some money as well.

Victor

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From: Joseph on 05/26/2004
I ahve had this problem on & off for the whole year I have had my HP pavilion ze 5170. I have reloaded OS and various other remedies all previously mentioned, spent a total of 13 hours on the phone with HP and no one has given an answer that works... It has got to be a bad drive or connection to drive. Someone with real knowledge please explain PXE-E61!!!
Your help is deeply appreciated.
Joseph
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From: Luis on 05/03/2004
Hello, I have a Sony VAIO PCG FXA36 laptop too, and I just to had the same problem with it; I went to the Bios (press F2) there I saw that in the Primary Master says [none], then, I turned off my laptop and went to open it, to check the HardDrive, I saw that this kind of laptop are very delicate with that connections.
Tray pushing hardly in the back (near of the HardDrive`s position) before closed.
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From: Chris Stone on 04/15/2004
Try setting the default BIOS config. Worked here.
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From: Shanmuk on 04/02/2004
There are two problems being discussed here. One can be solved by changing boot sequence in BIOS so that the LAN is not before the HDD in the boot sequence. The other problem has to do with the harddrive (or controller) and no amount of changing boot sequences will help. My laptop boots up normally once every two or three days...the rest of the time it gives me the pxe error. When I run FDISK via a boot up floppy, it says the hardrive exists but GDisk says it doesn't. I am still trying to figure this one out. I am going to run the XP recovery console and try FIXBOOT and FIXMBR to see if it is a damaged boot record or like someone said "just shake the laptop, and it boots". My laptop is a Toshiba
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From: Kill me... on 04/01/2004
been wrestling with this thing all damn day, at this point its just funny, restarting it with NIC card taken out (ripped angrly out) Trying to instal a 'burnt" version of windows with a "ripped" start up disc with a vague knowledge of DOS, got my work cut out I myself dont find it wrong to steal from microsoft, they are dooshbags who cornered the market on OS and made it too damn expensive, anyways that was some nice venting, i feal better back to other computer which is making a horrible screetching noise and probally going to be hospitalized at Comp usa soon (I swear they sneak in my house and screw with wires on the damn thing)
GOOD LUCK PXE-E61 IS THE DEVIL! THE POWER OF TECH HELP COMPELLS YOU!
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From: Sleepwalker on 03/04/2004
THE VERY EASY AND SIMPLE WAY IS TO REMOVE THE BATTERY AND RE-INSTALL IT AFTER 1 MINUTE.... GUARANTEED
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From: psamuel on 02/24/2004
yeah.... turning off the BOOT on LAN option seems to get rid of that error... so go to your bios (F1 or F2) and select "disable boot on LAN"
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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)and it comes only from the Bios system. Most computers today come with such a card instaled, either you need it or not. 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 or F2 or F10 right after you switch On the PC) and if you find PXE anywhere just disable it. Otherwise just remove the Ethernet card, ( be sure you know how to)
Using the software utility Tweak UI might be a good idea to help solving some boot problems or delays.

I hope this helps a bit.
Demetris

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From: Dinh on 02/19/2004
Try unplug the power cord from CPU for 20 seconds or 30, and it worked for me (the errors disappeared).

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Fact: I do have an internal NIC card (un-used). I did not remove this NIC card. I did not get into BIOS.

I had this error: (on screen about 10 seconds)
PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, Check cable
PXE-M0f: Exiting LANDesk (R) Service II Agent

Then, next error:
Non-disk ....
replace ... and hit any key

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From: chris harsacky on 02/01/2004
im having the same problem with my newly built sytem. post starts up fine unless my keyboard is plugged in. when my keybord is plugged in it goes strait to a page that states "pxe-e61: media test failure, check cable pxe:m0f: exiting intel boot agent."

can someone please help me? without my keyboard i cant enter bios

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From: Norma on 01/11/2004
I have a Compaq 2500 and am having identical problems booting. There is no option in the BIOS to disable the onboard LAN. I can boot from a floppy, but even after going through all 6 disks, I get a blue screen.

I have the system restore CDs that came with the laptop, but it won't boot from them, just goes straight from floppy to LAN. Changing the boot order does nothing, unless you put the LAN before the floppy. Changing the CD and hard drive positions doesn't do anything.

It's done this before, but a reboot made it start normally. This time, however, it seems to be permanent. Looks like I'll have to send it in and get it formatted if I can't get an answer somewhere. Any other ideas??

Thanks,
Norma

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From: Mike on 12/31/2003
Go to www.Intel.com and search their support area for PXE-E61. You'll find that they've identifed this problem as being caused by the boot sequence. I changed my boot sequence as indicated on this site and no longer receive this error message.
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From: stefan on 12/27/2003
i have read al but the strang thing with my pc is that it's a brand new one i have build it from parts and get the same error trying to instal xp i changed the booting secuens many times nothing word
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From: Caroline on 12/26/2003
I've been having the same problem. Sometimes the thing boots fine, other times i'll get the error and be unable to start for hours or days at a time. When i do get it booted, everything is normal.
I've tried the boot sequence change, and that didnt help. I'm afraid some of the other suggestions are a little over my head, or else i couldnt find the option to change.
I have an HP Pavilion N5415 (Laptop) with Win XP. I use a dialup.
I live abroad and tech support is rare and unreliable. any help appreciated.

Thanks.

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From: Alex on 12/26/2003
Could one of you elaborate on how to disable the LAN from BIOS?
I didn't see it in the option.
I disabled the LAN boot, reordered and disable Network boot, but still cannot get rid of that PXE-E61 message.

Appreciate help.
Alex

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From: Brayden on 12/26/2003
I just fixed this problem on my computer. The problem originates from a Microsoft Update, that had to do with the realtek onboard lan.

If you aren't using your onboard lan (ie. you are using a pci ethernet card), you can disable the onboard LAN in your BIOS. This will clear up the error code.

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From: Diane on 12/20/2003
Just had the same problem on my brand new build. Tried changing the boot sequence but it didn't help, then I realised that it could have something to do with the fact that my motherboard has onboard LAN, so I disabled the LAN in the BIOS & hey presto the message disappeared. Hope this helps.
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From: anonymouous on 12/15/2003
Most likely is your hard drive or Hard Drive controller, would say more the hard drive, try swapping drives and see if problem persists.
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From: Josh on 12/14/2003
I had the same problem on a compaq box.

In order to fix it i switched tbe boot sequence around from checking the CD-ROM first, then the HD, to the other way around. System booted fine after that.

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From: Kristian on 12/11/2003
Have the same problem as Mark. Compaq Presario 2168ae worked perfect until it one day showed the PXE-E61 failure after a restart. And it does not work changing the boot order. Nothing can access the harddrive, not even the XP disc with help software. The disc can't be formatted, repartitioned or anything else. But the BIOS finds the disk. Tried flashing the BIOS to a newer version, but nothing changed. What is the problem with these Compaq Notebooks? Anybody?????
Compaq just said that they would format the drive if i sent the notebook back to them. But HELLO, the disk can't be formatted. Compaqs answer: "Sure it can."
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From: Ervin on 12/10/2003
I had the same problem on my presario 2500. Changed boot sequence in bios/setup and it's working fine. I have FDD-CDD-HDD and network boot is the last choice. I think it was trying to boot from the network cause before the change, network boot was second in boot sequence than the HDD.
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From: Mark on 12/09/2003
My Laptop which was working fine not long ago decided to take a vaction i turned it on and got a message that i had no operating system and displayed a message that read pxe-e61 and media test failure check cable but there are no cables attached and my boot order is reading hard drive first can anyone please help me out...
i have a compaqpresario 2100 and running xp home.. i can't even reinstall a op sys
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From: Dan on 11/29/2003
Go into bios. change to report keyboard error. from do not report. this works. I just did it.
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From: WAYNE on 11/23/2003
I just installed a new hard drive, and ny system cannot locate it for some reason. Error PXE E-61? System Faliure, cannot find the media. I had a system running XP Home. I already tried the XP Home Edition 6 floppy disk set-up. They all go as they should , but when I get to the part to install the CD so I can re install the OS, it says I have no hard drive.
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From: Sean on 11/23/2003
I have this same problem... were you able to get yours resolved? I already tried changing the setup of the BIOS to boot HD first, but to no avail.
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From: Yves on 11/16/2003
Hello (sorry for my english)
I have de same problem ...
Gary: Did you fixed it ?

I think that it happens when the laptop has been shaken too much when he is warm. :) but I'm not sure.
I already changed the boot sequence but it does not work.
In fact he can not read the harddisk to launch the system.


Can someone help me please ?


cheers, yves

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From: Phntmstrngr on 11/09/2003
Try looking at http:/www.support01.avid.com/support/ProdRef.nsf/0/. This explains that your boot sequence is passing through PXE and needs to be altered. I had the problem when I re-formated a previously working hard drive with the drives original software package instead of using my Windows created Start-up Disk.
Phntmstrngr
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From: Adam on 11/02/2003
I was wondering if this sugggestion worked for the Media Test Failure issue. I have a friend with the same model and problem.

Thanks!

Adam

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From: Ashraf on 10/22/2003
Start the system, launch BIOS (usually hit F2 or F10 or Del key when all the lights glow for a second when the system starts up) Goto the Boot sequence and change the first boot to IDE 0 or HD0 or Hard disk. This should solve the problem.
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From: Dada on 10/22/2003
IS IT A PCI ETHERNET CARD OR ONBOARD
IF IT IS ONBOARD ETHERET CONTROLLER IN YOUR LAPTOP MOTHERBOARD
CHECK BIOS OPTIONS FOR NIC
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