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Hello! I have a Dell Inspiron 1501. When I turn my laptop on I get a black screen that's has PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable. What does this mean and how do I resolve this issue?

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It means that the hard disk has died. Replace it and reinstall Windows.

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I have the same problem. In my case, my computer boots up and works fine. However there is no sound. I just had service from Dell and believe instead of a hard disk failure, it is referring to the speakers not being connected to the mother board. Or where ever they are supposed to connect. Hope this helps.

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hello, sounds like bad hard drive. here is what you can try, go in to BIOS and reset it factory default save and exit, let the system start again go back in BIOS and check to see if you see your hard drive there, also this time disable Boot from Network option. seeif your system actually starts up... or you get "no operating system found", if you saw the HDD in BIOS and get no operating system found, you can try reinstalling windows.
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First, take out any CDs/DVDs and try to boot again. If that doesn't work, your hard drive may be defective.

There will be a cover on the bottom of your laptop that holds the hard drive (easy access). You can try removing and reinserting the hard drive and then booting the PC afterward.

If that doesn't work, you will likely have to replace the hard drive, but best advice would be to take it to a computer technician for further analysis.

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