PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable

Posted on 2009-02-16
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
Just removed a damaged HD from a Gateway 6520GZ and installed a new one.

On system boot computer displaying the following:

Intel Base-Code, PXE-2.1 (build 082j)
Copyright (C) 1997-2000, Intel Corporation
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0f: Exiting Broadcom PXE ROM.

I am trying to boot from different devices, but its a no go.

Help Please..

Question by:KUN2
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    Accepted Solution

    It sounds as though you either have the computer set to boot from the LAN port before the Hard Drive (You have this problem if you can boot into Windows or Linux), or you dont have an OS installed on the hard drive you just placed into the computer (You may have this problem if you can not boot into Windows or Linux). First, go into the BIOS, and make sure that it looks to the Hard Drive, then the LAN port, and also make sure that the system is allowed to boot from the hard drive. If this doesnt help, then find the recovery CD, and insert that into the CD drive, then reboot the computer.

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    When the BIOS completes the POST, it then looks for anything it can boot from. This is usually a CD drive, the Hard Drive, and the Lan port; and can be a removable thumb drive, or a SD Card, or anyother media that the BIOS supports booting from. Since your BIOS either cant find a disk with a Master Boot Record that it can boot from, or isnt allowed to boot from a disk with a Master Boot Record it can boot from, it turns to the last item on the list, which in this case appears to be the Lan port, and looks for a signal or code that it can boot the computer from. Since it cant find one, it tells you that the media failed.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks for your prompt help. The problem was not really any of the above it was actually my fault for trusting the media the user had provided me as the restore discs. I did not have a linux boot up disc at hand and so I assumed it was the CD-Drive that had gone bad. But its the restore discs that don't seem to function properly. Thanks again
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    Expert Comment

    Oh yes, one of those ID10T errors. I get those a lot too. Not a problem at all, i got this when i accidently disabled my hard drive via BIOS. If you need any more help, please ask.

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