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PXE-E61 Media Test Failure

I am getting this error, have checked the HD connection and everything is tight. After resetting the boot order to the default (HD, DVD, then Network) I still get this error. The odd thing here is that when selecting the boot order my HD and DVD models don't show up. They are represented by IDE-0 and IDE-1. After 10 or 15 reboot attempts the drives actually showed up and the models were listed in BIOS. The system booted up great and I thought that I solved the problem. Later in the evening I needed to install a Vista update which required a reboot and it started back up ok. Then, after closing the lid on the laptop, we get the same error again.

It makes sense to assume that the drives are ok but just aren't being recognized when booting up. Let me know if you could help me out.

Thanks.

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  • JimLea Jul 02, 2008

    Also, My HD was recently replaced and I occasionally hear something moving around in the computer. I sounds like a piece of plastic is loose and is either hitting one of the fans or a piece of the fan broke off. Not sure if this could of caused something to loosen up on the board and I have read of another person having the same issue with the error and a rattle sound. Perhaps this is just a coincidence.

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When you get that error message, it's mean that your laptop isnot detecting your hdd, that's why it try to boot from network. Since you said you replaced hdd recently,
I believe your motherboard is bad.

About the fan, you can open the back door,
you just need to open the door and you can see the cpu fan.

Posted on Jul 04, 2008

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