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PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable

My E-Machine gets this message when I try to boot it:

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.

Can you help me fix this for free? I have an Acer Aspire 5920, it says check media cable and then it has black screen with "Missing operating system". i got a brand new hard drive and it still says the same thing. Help me please!

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  • Allie May Nov 18, 2008

    My HP laptop just started doing this. After several control-alt-deletes and unplugging,and blowing on the connections and positive vibes (when it comes to computers I usually have the "I can't fix this" attitude so I thought I would try a different approach) it works. But, the next time I turn it on, it's back to the error message. FYI, Becky8fan, there are 104 pages of running posts by folks on nocrash.com with the same issue -- the error message seems to have mulitple possibilities (loose hard drive, incorrect boot order....... I will sit down and try some of their suggestions this week.

  • littlepigs99 Dec 04, 2008

    the problem is that you can't reload the operating system because it will not boot from the cd rom drive even if you put the cd rom drive as the first load up option...

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Check your harddrive, is it detected in bios ?
if no, it could be motherboard or hdd, but most of the time is hdd problem, so just replace it.
if yes, your operating system is corrupt, so you can reload your operating system.

Posted on Oct 01, 2008

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SOURCE: PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable

your e-machine is set to boot from the network (PXE = Netboot)

go to your BIOS and make sure you boot from your hard drive

Posted on Aug 31, 2008

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SOURCE: Evo N200

The BIOS, which handles the initial start up of your computer, cannot find your hard drive and thus cannot boot your operating system (ie, Windows). Open up your computer and confirm the power cable is firmly connected to the hard drive and that the cable that connects the hard drive to the motherboard is firmly secure. If both of these check out, then try downloading this bootable CD on another computer. This CD, among other things, has a few hard drive utilities that will help further diagnose the problem. http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ Finally, if the utilities on this CD are unable to see the hard drive itself, then is may need to be replaced. Try testing with another hard drive or another cable to connect it to the motherboard.

Posted on Oct 10, 2006

SOURCE: Trying to start my computer

http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm has a Disc Fitness Test programme. It produces a floppy to boot from DOS into Windows. My Satellite 1110 has the same error message, PXE-E61. The BIOS shows "no HDD". The DTF  found no fault on the HDD. (full test took 45minutes)    Give it a try.  I know, you need a working computer to down load it-- and DOS and a floppy drive on the faulty one. There are USB adaptors for floppy drives.  Tomorrow I prise the 1110 apart and will clean all the cable and connectors. Good luck.

 

Bryan

Posted on Oct 21, 2007

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SOURCE: PXE-E61 : media test failure,

The system is not finding any bootable media (Hard Drive) and is attempting to boot via the network card (PXE Boot) the error message is saying that there is not PXE network to boot from and it is exiting the process.
Generally, this is caused by a hard Drive failure. Reseat the drive and or drive connections and see if the system will find the hard drive.
Generally, a Hard drive failure

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The system is not finding any bootable media (Hard Drive) and is attempting to boot via the network card (PXE Boot) the error message is saying that there is not PXE network to boot from and it is exiting the process.
Generally, this is caused by a hard Drive failure. Reseat the drive and or drive connections and see if the system will find the hard drive.
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PXE-E61: Media Test Failure


Issue:

My computer gets this message when I try to boot it:

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.

Solution:

Your computer is set to boot from the network (PXE = Netboot).
Go to your BIOS and make sure you boot from your hard drive.

Remarks:

Shouldn't be enabled by default

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Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation


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