Question about Compaq Presario Notebook
Laptop will not boot up. Error code is (PXE-E61) Media Test Failure Check Cable. I checked the cable and even re-inserted it to the mother board and still get the error code. The front panel led hard drive light comes on but still receives error code. I tried several known good drives and still same error code. Could it be a bad removable header connector that connects onto the pins of the hard drive?
On boot into post select F10 enter the bios - correct boot order to dvd 1st hdd 2nd and fdd as 3rd boot devices - highlight network boot and hit enter then disable boot from network the hit F10 to save and exit unit will boot from dvd unit with recovery dvd disc installed
Posted on Mar 03, 2009
1. Start the computer and click F12 to give you the boot-up options.
2.Insert Windows Installation Recover Disk into CDROM and choose CDROM boot option and click enter.
3. When it prompts you to press any key to boot off the CD, hit the spacebar and initiated the process.
4. It should go into Windows setup mode with a blue screen, wait for everything to load-up until it gives you the option to "Repair" click 'R' and it goes to DOS mode.
5. Type in FIXBOOT and and when prompted press "Y" to start creating a new boot partition.
6. A message should appear (shortly) saying the partition was corrupted and a new one was created successfully.
7. Remove the CD type EXIT to leave Windows set-up and reboot the computer. Computer should go through it's normal sequences in loading up windows.
Posted on Jul 03, 2008
It is a hard drive problem plz try with another hdd
Posted on Jun 02, 2008
Well I thought I had known good hard drives when I tried them and it turned out to be not the case. When I tried with another hard drive that turned out to be good the problem was eliminated and I was able to install a XP Pro OS with no problems and of course I was able to update the drivers needed for the sound and video applications. All is working very well and surprisingly fast for this 1.3 Ghz Intel Celeron M CPU based laptop. Thanks for the quick response anyways.
Posted on Jun 10, 2008
This error message can be caused by a faulty connection to the hard drive or a faulty hard drive or a faulty disk controller.
Go into the BIOS configuration to see if it has detected the hard drive, if it is not detected that is why the laptop won't bootup.
To confirm or check if the hard drive is faulty, remove the hard drive and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and connect it to a working computer's USB port (you may need assistance from a computer savy friend).
If this computer cannot see this as an external drive then it is faulty. If the computer can see this drive as an external drive and you can open the folders and files on the hard disk then the hard drive is OK and the fault is probably a faulty disk controller on the laptop. A faulty disk controller is part of the motherboard and the only fix is a replacement motherboard. This may not be a cost effective solution and it may be better to put your money towards a new laptop.
Posted on Jun 28, 2009
PXE error means that it is trying to boot from an ethernet / lan connection.
check your boot order options first and set it to boot
1. Hard drive
2. CD rom drive
3. Floppy (or usb if you know how to do this)
4. network(aka PXE)
If it still fails then yes there MAY be an issue with your hard drive.
Check all hard drive connections before running off for a new one.
This can be especially true with SATA type drives most of which dont have any sort of true locking device to hold the connections secure.
Posted on Sep 28, 2009
Testimonial: "I found an internal disconectet cabel fixing it solved the bootproblem"
SOURCE: PXE-E61 : media test failure,
The system is not finding any bootable media (Hard Drive) and is attempting to boot via the network card (PXE Boot) the error message is saying that there is not PXE network to boot from and it is exiting the process.
Generally, this is caused by a hard Drive failure. Reseat the drive and or drive connections and see if the system will find the hard drive.
Generally, a Hard drive failure
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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