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PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable- on HP x4000 workstation

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     I get message PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable- when trying to load operating system on an HP x4000 workstation. I also get PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel PXE ROM, and Operating System not found, when trying to boot from CDrom. I am unfamiliar with these error messages in the first place, and even though I know I must have a bad cable or connection somewhere, I do not know what these messages refer to. I have an operating system in the CDrom tray, first boot device, and a 300 GB ide drive as the first  hard drive device in boot order and also an 18 GB SCSI drive as the second hard drive device in boot order. Can you tell me what exactly to check and also what might be causing these messages? Also, this is not the first time I have seen these type messages on an HP workstation-does HP have some type of error code list to refer to to decipher and troubleshoot these type messages or might they occur on other brands of workstations? I hate to sound too stupid but this again baffles me somewhat even if simple as I am not sure where to start. System is sensing all drives everywhere else as far as I can tell.
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The pxe boot message is nothing you need to worry about, except that either you haven't set the boot priority properly, have no OS installed, or the CD you are trying to boot from isn't good, and the disks haven't any OS installed.

This message shows up when you try booting from a network card, and if there is no cable attached to the network card, or there is no bootable image setup on a server somewhere, this message will show up. Make sure you have disabled booting from the NIC in the BIOS, and that message shouldn't recur. The test the operating system CD in another PC to make sure it is bootable. If you want to boot from CD you will probably also have to make sure that you don't have SCSI as boot device setup in the BIOS (except if this is a scsi CD drive).
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Super information guys, I am up and running! I disabled network boot and changed my drives to cable select and no problems now. But one other quick question if possible-my boot sequence is about twice as fast now,no lag at all-is this from changing drives to cable select? Can you tell me the difference between running single drives on cable select and master?
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if you set the drives as master, it is fixed - no scanning needs to be done to see what is connected
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No, cable select shouldn't make any difference in the booting being faster. Most probably this is because you have disabled the network boot. When that is enabled, the PC first tries to find this network boot image, for that it first asks for an ip address to configure the nic, and then it looks on the server, and this can take a lot of time, whether it finds such an image or not.
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