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Re: media test failure; check cable
It seems like a hard drive failure or the hard dirve not seated well. I'm assuming this caz you cannot boot up. Try reseating the hard drive and try again, If still not working, try and listen for any clicking noise from the hard dirve.
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If your computer is working fine, then disable PXE boot in BIOS or remove from 1st boot option. This is a LAN (network) boot option. It can't find a DHCP server, that's why the media test failure is displayed. It's usually used to load an OS image from network.
For the most part not a real problem. More of a warning. Some corporate models use PXE to mass image. If there is a problem (won't boot) then it lost communications to hard drive, and you need to check BIOS for hard drive.
It sounds like your laptop is set to boot from a network, and as you don't have a network cable plugged in, it doesn't 'see' a network and hence you get the 'media failure, check cable'. Maybe your bios is incorrectly set, so go into setup (just after inputting your bios password) and see what your boot setting is. Change it if necessary. Maybe you don't have a hard drive fitted...or it has been wiped. Have you had your laptop long? Has it ever worked/booted for you? Have you a Windows disk? if yes, put it in your cd drive and see if you can boot from it. Regards, nicam49
Open BIOS and configure your boot devices priority. First boot device should be the hdd. Also check if the laptops see the hard disk, i think your hard disk have a problem and thats why laptop wants to boot from network.