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Sounds like your CPU and HeatSink needs a fresh coat of Thermal Paste on them. You'd have to take the laptop apart to do it. It's shortening out because the paste is dry and causing metal to touch metal and shortening out.

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try F5

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It is important to isolate the cause of the "PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, Check Cable" error and solve it. To do this, follow the steps below:
  1. A loose or improper hard disk cable connection can be the cause of the error. This typically happens if the hard disk has recently been installed or moved. Check all of the hard disk's cable connections before trying anything else to solve the error.
  2. Make sure that no other storage device is connected to the computer. If there is a storage device connected, remove it.
  3. When computer start up is being attempted, enter the BIOS to see if the hard disk has been set up correctly and detected in BIOS. To enter the BIOS, follow these steps:
a. The key that must be pressed to enter the BIOS varies depending on the computer model. The key is most likely the Del key or one of the F keys. Many computers refer to this as Entering Setup and Setup is just another term used for the BIOS.
b. Try setting one's BIOS to any safe default settings. That might fix the error.
  1. Verify that the boot options in CMOS are setup correctly. Follow these steps to do this:
a. Enter the CMOS by pressing one of the following keys: F1, F2, Del, Esc, or F10. Press one of these keys when trying to start up the computer. If these keys do not work, try holding one or more keys on the keyboard when the computer is booting. This may cause a Stuck Key Error, which should allow the user to enter the setup.
b. If the CMOS setup shows an option to boot from the LAN, disable this option.
c. Try to set the CMOS settings to any safe default settings, then save and exit. After changing any settings, reboot the computer.
  1. It is possible that physical failure caused the error if the hard disk cannot be detected. If this is the case, replace the hard disk and restore one's data if a good backup is available. If one does not have a good backup, contact a company that provides data recovery services. These companies perform hard disk recovery and securely retrieve one's valuable data.

Check that the drive is detected in BIOS:
  1. Press F2 during boot to enter BIOS Setup.
  2. Go to the Boot menu.
  3. Check the Boot Drive Order.
  4. Press F10 to exit BIOS Setup.
If Boot Drive Order shows No Boot Drive:
  • Check that the drive is properly installed in the computer.
  • Try installing a different known good drive.
If PXE Boot is enabled in BIOSTo check the BIOS option:
  1. Press F2 during boot to enter BIOS Setup.
  2. Go to the Boot menu and check for Boot to Network.
  3. Press F10 to exit BIOS Setup.
If you do not plan to boot to a network, disable this option.

If you do want to boot to a network, check that the network cable connection is working properly.

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It could be a defective keyboard. Replace.

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the big battery is optional remove it , it is bad.
and run on AC for every (just not mobile)
next this this stinking NiMh rechargeable battery,
it only charges when PC is turned on so let PC run for 24hrs.
to charge this, but in truth never seen one ever last 16years.
not me nor do I expect that to happen
but its on the bottom of the motherboard, blue casing
it must be unsolder, many are now leaking phosphates.
its about dead center bottom mobo.

best is retirment, find PC 7 years newer. and win.


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I doubt a Windows 8 driver will work in your case. I would use Windows 7 or 10. You may need to use a USB graphics adapter in place of the internal. Many USB video adapters are more useful for that sort of thing.

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can u help me? Fixya can't.

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You might have to go to Toshiba support and get a BIOS Flash to update for your BIOS. Win XP is no longer supported, therefore you may need to go to Windows 10.

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Something wrong with your southbridge or you can call it your GPU. You need to bring it to a service center.

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The message regards PXE is stating that the BIOS can not use the hard drive as first boot device, therefore either the BIOS setting is wrong or the hard drive is toast.
I can not see that disassembling will help your situation, seems a bit extreme..

Regards Memory you need 1GB ideally to run XP SP3 well:

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Satellites are notorious for video hardware failure. I have one, and it does the same thing. Usually, when I move the lid during bootup, the screen comes on. But the problem lies in the video chip itself - the Satellites tend to overheat, causing the video chip to become unseated. Google it, you will see what I'm talking about. Type in, satellite p205 video problem or something. Good luck.

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I would suggest a factory restore to fix the problem. If you have data on the computer that needs saving then do this first, if unable to do this then take to a computer shop to have it done for you.

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So sad to see this problem. I had M30 also and truly nice and reliable computer. For the safety of your data and computer would you please don't plug in your leaked adaptor. Based on your explanation above your adaptor had a leaked transformer inside it, so you could hear a strange sound from it. This cause by dropping your adaptor frequently. For the solution of this problems bring your laptop to a service center or authorize service and ask them about this leaked but when you want a short solution just replace your adaptor and it can solve your problem but remember to use the original adaptor because I believe you don't want to blow your laptop.

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Search eBay for windows XP. Buy a copy that comes with a CD key and install. You might try a copy that says it will just reinstall using your existing *********** if you know it. You can use Keyfinder by Magic jellybean to find the existing key and write it down

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