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Running XP/SP3. Upon booting, get DOS screen showing: PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, Check Cable PXE-MDC Exiting PXE ROM All cables are connected; checked both the hard drive and CD Rom,by exchanging with good ones; same problem. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Its a problem setting in your bios its looking to boot from a pxe device,go into the bios and change it from pxe to hard drive,or turn it off.

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