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What cable? When I boot up my new Intel barebone, the screen says, "Media Test Failure. Check cable." What cable is this?

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This message is displayed the motherboard attempts to preform a PXE boot. In otherwords, it is attempting to boot from the network.

This message is displayed under the following conditions:

1) No boot device (i.e. harddrive, cdrom) was detected. (Remember, even with a fresh harddrive you will get this message because the harddrive does not have an operating system tellling the BIOS it is bootable.)
2) The BIOS is configured to boot from LAN (PXE) before the hard disk drives.

To fix:

1) Power down your computer and check all power and data cables (ALSO JUMPER SETTINGS!) leading to the HDD, CD-ROMS, and other drives.
2) Hold down the key to access your BIOS while turning the computer on from a powerless state.
3) Change the boot order putting LAN (PXE) boot last: I would do CD, HDD, LAN.
4) Exit and save the changes.

TIP: HOLDING F12 WHILE WHILE TURING YOUR COMPUTER ON FROM A POWERLESS STATE WILL BRING UP A BOOT MENU AND YOU CAN CHOOSE TO BOOT FROM CD, HDD, ETC.

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