I'm having a hard time with my toshiba satellite A45-s120... It won't start up... I keep getting IDE #0 error intel (R) boot agent ect. PXE-E61 media test failure, check cable... I tried going into bios and changing the boot up and it worked once... I restarted the computer and it was fine... then I shut it down for the night and tried to start it up in the morning and it wouldn't start up again...please help me... I just don't know what to do... My laptop was fine and then it just happened out of no where... Thanks Rhonda
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Can you open the BIOS setup at boot? Look for the primary HDD, is it listed? If no, unplug, remove battery, You can try to reseat the HDD, perhaps it's not making a good connection? Or perhaps it was damaged in shipment? Was it packed well? You can remove it and test to verify it's working properly.
Go into the BIOS confuguration by pressing the F2 key as the laptop starts up and set the BIOS to its default configuration. Save the changes by pressing the F10 key or save in the BIOS menu. The computer will restart so see if that has made any difference. If you still get the same IDE #0 error then the hard drive is ready for failing. A replacement hard drive will not cost much at all. Seeing as you have only spent $20 on the laptop in the first place you have got yourself a bargain there. Spend a liitle money on a new drive and OS then you could have a fully working laptop.
`st go into your system setup and see if you have under boot priority book from usb device. if so make that your 1st boot device. then its best that you download a prebuilder utility to configure your bootable flash drive
There should be a panel or two on the bottom... one will cover the memory, the other should cover the hard drive. Open them up to find the hard drive. Remember to unplug and pull the battery out before you begin.
Based from the error message you're getting it sounds to me that your problem there is not software related but is more hardware in nature.Since you're getting a message "disk read error occurred IDE#0" this pertains to a problem with the hard drive itself. It's possible that your hard drive developed bad sectors or errors on the disc itself.
So to be sure I would recommend that you run the hardware diagnostics for your laptop computer especially the one for the hard drive since you're getting this message. If the hard drive fails the test or any other part fails in the test, contact your techsupport and ask for replacement parts if your PC is still under warranty. Otherwise you may have to buy parts for your laptop.
If the hard drive tests passed and all the other hardware tests also passed then you may proceed to troubeshoot the software using the Windows XP Home CD. Boot from the WinXP Home CD, and you get to the setup screen, choose "R" for recovery console and then on the prompt type "CHKDSK /R" let it run, it may take a while. afterwards it will bring you back to the prompt then type EXIT and it will reboot the system, see if that fixes the problem. Worst case scenario you may have to format then reinstall Windows XP again to fix this problem.