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Aspire 5100 pxe -e61:media test failure, check cable
how i do i fix this problem?

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  • brennyja Jun 03, 2008

    i have an acer aspire 5100 and all it gives is trouble. first it used to start and then the screen goes blank. their support folks say do recovery ....did that; worked for a minute. now it alternates betwen a blank screen and 'pxe-e61: media test failure; check cable' at start up. what cani do?

  • annemioa Jun 25, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. The only difference is that I had no warning. One moment my computer was working fine, then I put it to sleep as usual and when I came back to it later in the day it was giving me the PXE-E61 error. Now every time I try to turn it on, I get the same message, and it won't start up. I have gone into BIOS, made sure all the drives are enabled, and I tried changing the bootup priority (making the harddrive first, as was suggested on other computer websites). I don't know what else to do.

  • onefavored1 Jun 26, 2008

    when I turn the computer on it says media test failure.



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OK this is the only way I can get my P.O.S Acer 5100 to work and it does NOT always work...

First off, I downloaded an updated Bios (3.10) it was from the Acer U.K. website and the program to flash it..(caution it may fry your computer) but i was ready to gut this thing and send it back to Acer with a thin layer of horse S*&T on top..there customer service in non existant for this modle....

after flashing the Bios I did a full system recovery from the disks I made when it was new...restarted it and it WORKED....

well it worked for about 2 weeks then the "media cable error" message came up again...if you get the Acer screen hit F2 and you will see your $800 laptop is not detecting the hard drive or dvd rom...hit control alt delete to restart and TAP the right side of the laptop above the hard drive HARD as it boots...if you get really lucky it will work until the next time you move it...seems to be a bad connection near the hard P.O.S has the built in will work until i move the cam, it seems to short out the laptop, i get the blue screen of death and it will restart...
if you do get your running I sugest coping all your files, pictures and anything else you value from the hard drive, formate it and SELL IT ON E BAY AS-IS...most bring around $200 for parts and go buy a Dell...

Acer is total ****, mine has been back to Texas for repair 4 times and is not out of warentee..they said I should of bought the extended warrentee, I asked why you people have had it more then I should replace it for responce from Acer...

OH and the left button on the palm rest fell into the laptop after 2 weeks and they refused to repace it for free, said it was user damage

hope this helps you with your POS Acer media connection error

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Hmmm..sounds like a bios issue...F2 when you start..and then check the drives to see that they are all present and enabled.

Posted on Mar 17, 2008


This problem also seems to be related to built-in wireless cards.

I get this on an acer 4315 and the systemm starts to boot but hangs with a wireless card problem.

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Hi Friends,
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I had the same problem with my computer I have the 5100-3583 model and I would get the same problem after the laptop fell The motherboard had a contact issue with the circuitry and if you reset the bios and that doesn't work I would suggest that u get a new motherboard

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