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The error PXE-E61: Media test failure usually means the hard disk has failed or the hard disk needs re-seating or the disk controller is faulty. First - re-seat the hard disk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it doesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.
Then the hard drive needs to be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer or laptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioning computer/laptop again.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013

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SOURCE: Operating System not found PXE-E61 Media Test Failure IBM T42

Some BIOS allows for a hard drive diags. try it to test the hard drive, if ther is no such utility you need to test the hard drive anoter way.

Basically either the hard disk controller has failed or the hard drive is faulty. In most cases the hard drive is dead.
To check if the hard drive is OK, remove the hard drive and attach it to a USB hard drive adapter then plug it into a working computer's USB port. If the computer sees it as an external drive and you can view the contents of the external drive then the hard drive is OK.

Posted on Mar 22, 2009

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SOURCE: pxe-e61,pxe-m0f

No; the message indicate absence of hard drive.
open the laptop and remove the hard drive and reinstall it.
if the message still appear then your hard drive is faulty.

Posted on Jan 01, 2010

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SOURCE: it appears INTEL(R)BOOT AGENT CE

This means that the motherboard is dead - it no longer detects its own southbridge chip, the one that controls the hard disk.
Time for a new laptop.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010

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