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Error message: PXE-E61: MEDIA TEST FAILURE, CHECK CABLE

I installed a new internal hard drive on my computer and now when I turn it on I recieve this error message. I have a Toshiba Satellite 1115-s103. I purchased a new Hitatchi Travelstar 2.5 hard drive. Is it possible this hard drive is incompatible with my laptop? I have tried every solution I could possilbly find on the internet such as disabling the netwook boot which is pretty much the only solution I could find short of getting a new hard drive (which I just did). Any other possible solutions someone could suggest would be greatly appreciated!!

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  • Linz84 Jun 29, 2008

    The old drive gave me the blue "screen of death"



    They had the same amount of pins in the same places



    I reinsterted the hard drive cable multiple times to make sure it is well secured and properly put in.



    I no longer have my user manual since i've had this computer for about 6 years now. I'm sure I can download one somewhere but the Toshiba website is completely useless for anything.

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In case you haven't given up or solved the problem, you probably need to boot from some other device (e.g. the Windows XP or other recovery CD) and define an active primary parititon on the new hard drive, format it, and reinstall the operating system before it will be usable. .

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- did the old drive mallfunctioned, or u just wanted to put a larger one ?

- i presume that both drives have the same standard (pata most probably (lots of pins at the connection part...))

- have u checked the cable connection, and cables (some may get loose when removing hardware ...)

-also check the BIOS for hidden settings (see u;re manual). There may be settings on the mode that the drive should work..

Posted on Jun 29, 2008

  • Cisf Jun 29, 2008

    try disconnecting the cd-rom drive, maybe the error is from it and not from the harddrive;

    can u test the new drive on another laptop, to make sure it;s ok ?

    when u say "the blue screen of death" do u refer to the windows error or other error ? Because if it's windows ... is very unlikely that the hard drive I/O caused it ... (unless it;s badly damaged, and partially working ...)

    also recheck all pins on the drive (some get very easily bent ... ), and if u can, check the continuity of the cable from the drive up to the motherboard (if it;s easily accessible and u have a measuring device ... )


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