Question about IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 Notebook

2 Answers

Operating System not found PXE-E61 Media Test Failure IBM T42

I've just received five ex-company IBM T42 laptops as gifts to a community group.
They all boot with the messages:
PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, check cable
Operating System not found
and can get no further.
There is a hard drive physically installed.
When I boot with a Linux LiveCD it runs fine but cannot see the Hard Drive.
When I interrupt the boot sequence to view the BIOS settings, there is no hard drive shown (not sure what to expect here).

Posted by Ian on


2 Answers

Chris Hingee

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • IBM Master
  • 32,281 Answers

Some BIOS allows for a hard drive diags. try it to test the hard drive, if ther is no such utility you need to test the hard drive anoter way.

Basically either the hard disk controller has failed or the hard drive is faulty. In most cases the hard drive is dead.
To check if the hard drive is OK, remove the hard drive and attach it to a USB hard drive adapter then plug it into a working computer's USB port. If the computer sees it as an external drive and you can view the contents of the external drive then the hard drive is OK.

Posted on Mar 22, 2009



  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    New Friend:

    An expert that has 1 follower.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

Dear I face the same problem I think this is logic board problem or firmware problem firstly replace the logic with the (same) and check that is same firmware
B.R Eng.Samir-Sudan [email protected]

Posted on Feb 27, 2010


Add Your Answer


Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

R52 operating system not found

You have set up the computer BIOS to boot from the network card. That means the BIOS starts up the network card which goes out on a company LAN to look for the operating system
If you did this by mistake while playing in the BIOS then you can go into the BIOS , usually by pressing F2 when you first turn the computer on, and going to boot menu and picking your hard drive.
If you bought the laptop the way it is, then it probably doesn't have an OS on the hard drive and may not have a hard drive at all.
If you came by this laptop by illegal means then I am chuckling at your misfortune.

Mar 23, 2014 | IBM ThinkPad R52 Notebook

1 Answer

How do i install a operating system on my ibm thinkpad 122m i have tried everything ?

not many options pick one...CD ROMLANUSBwhat os are you trying to boot into, the machine may not support it, let me know so we can get this done!! good luck question just ask

Mar 30, 2013 | IBM ThinkPad A22m 2628 Notebook

1 Answer

Operating system not found

The error PXE-E61: Media test failure usually means the hard disk has failed or the hard disk needs re-seating or the disk controller is faulty. First - re-seat the hard disk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it doesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.
Then the hard drive needs to be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer or laptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioning computer/laptop again.

Jan 13, 2013 | IBM ThinkPad T40 2373 Notebook

1 Answer

My IBM T20 Notebook is given me this message -PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable- and then say -Operating System Not Found- ---- What do I do?

The error message PXE-E61 is Network card that try to conect this is because hard drive failure or Operating System
check on the bios if you can see the hard drive if you see the drive it could be the OS

hope it will help

Nov 02, 2010 | IBM ThinkPad T20 2647 Notebook

1 Answer


No; the message indicate absence of hard drive.
open the laptop and remove the hard drive and reinstall it.
if the message still appear then your hard drive is faulty.

Jan 01, 2010 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

1 Answer

I keep getting codes pxe-e61 media test failure,

Something went wrong with your last installation. try reinstalling windows. But, before that go to BIOS and check the BOOTING devices

Nov 18, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

1 Answer

I cannot get my pc to load up. i keep getting codes pxe-e61 media test failure, check cable. the other code pxe-m0f: exiting intel boot agent operating system not found.

I need a small clarification are you calling for a desktop computer or a laptop.
if its a desktop computer, reseat the video card on the computer and then try restarting the system. The problem can be casued because of loose video card.

Thanks for using Fixya

Jul 12, 2009 | IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook

Not finding what you are looking for?
IBM ThinkPad T30 2366 Notebook Logo

2,103 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top IBM Computers & Internet Experts

Lee Hodgson
Lee Hodgson

Level 3 Expert

4810 Answers

Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas

Level 3 Expert

3053 Answers

Muntejaya Ginting
Muntejaya Ginting

Level 3 Expert

10422 Answers

Are you an IBM Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides