Http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm has a Disc Fitness Test programme. It produces a floppy to boot from DOS into Windows. My Satellite 1110 has the same error message, PXE-E61. The BIOS shows "no HDD". The DTF found no fault on the HDD. (full test took 45minutes) Give it a try. I know, you need a working computer to down load it-- and DOS and a floppy drive on the faulty one. There are USB adaptors for floppy drives. Tomorrow I prise the 1110 apart and will clean all the cable and connectors. Good luck.
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The "Error" texts saying:
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.
Are completely normal. This simply states that there is no external cables plugged into the specialty inputs on your toshiba laptop.
The "operating system not found" is stating that your existing hard drive is either A) dead or B) been erased.
Try to re-install your operating system, if it finds no hard drive, you'll need a new one!
You see this message when the laptop trying to boot from a remote
server using the network card. If you didn’t see the PXE-E61 message
before, it means that the network card was listed after the hard drive
in the boot order (you can set the order in BIOS) and the laptop booted
directly from the hard drive. Now, when the hard drive has failed, the
laptop cannot detect it and tries to boot from the next available
device – the network card. Your laptop is not configured to boot from a
remote server using the network card, that’s why you are getting
PXE-E61 Media test failure error. You have to replace the hard drive
and reinstall the operating system.
Im new to this site, so sorry if this has been mentioned before, but the screen quotes you receive seem to indicate that it is trying to boot from a networking server, as if your laptop is a workstation with no operating system.
If you are able in the bios may be a menu something similair to boot from LAN, this should be dissabled.
Did you have an operating system already on or is there need for a system repair/re-install.
The BIOS, which handles the initial start up of your computer, cannot find your hard drive and thus cannot boot your operating system (ie, Windows). Open up your computer and confirm the power cable is firmly connected to the hard drive and that the cable that connects the hard drive to the motherboard is firmly secure.
If both of these check out, then try downloading this bootable CD on another computer. This CD, among other things, has a few hard drive utilities that will help further diagnose the problem.
Finally, if the utilities on this CD are unable to see the hard drive itself, then is may need to be replaced. Try testing with another hard drive or another cable to connect it to the motherboard.