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Can't get past Toshiba laptop boot error

February 28, 2010 at 07:21:45
Specs: Windows 28.11.2009

When I try to start computer I can't get past this message, that repeats itself.
Intel UNDI.OXE2.0 (build082)
copy right (C) 1997-2000 INTEL Corporation
For Realtek RTL8139(X)?8130/810x PCI fast ethernet controller V2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61: Media test failure. Check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting PXE ROM

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#1
February 28, 2010 at 09:50:48

You probably have the Boot Order or similar settings in the mboard's bios Setup set wrong.

Go into the bios Setup and make sure that "network boot" or "integrated NIC" or similar is AFTER the hard drive in the list.

E.g.

This is wrong, unless you normally boot from a company or institutional network and you are connected via a network cable or wirelessly to the network:

1. Diskette Drive
2. IDE CD-ROM Device
3. Integrated NIC
4. Hard-Disk Drive C
........

This is right, and works for all bootable floppy, optical disk, and hard drive disk types without you having to change anything:

1. Diskette Drive
2. IDE CD-ROM Device
3. Hard-Disk Drive C
4. Integrated NIC

NOTES
- if there is no operating system recognized by the bios on the hard drive, the bios may auto attempt to boot from a network, and if you aren't connected to one, you'll get the same error messages as you get when the network boot is listed before the hard drive.

- If the hard drive is failing, if it does have an operating system on it, the hard drive may not be detected as bootable by the bios, the bios may auto attempt to boot from a network, and if you aren't connected to one, you'll get the same error messages as you get when the network boot is listed before the hard drive.

- If there is no data on the drive, insert the operating system CD or DVD, or the first disk in a Recovery or Restore disk set, and install the operating system, or the original brand name software installation on the drive, then the hard drive will boot fine after that software installation is finished.

- If you have a SATA hard drive, Windows 2000's and XP's Setup may not detect that there is a hard drive, often depending on whether other settings in the bios have been set to a SATA mode or an IDE compatible mode.
E.g. SATA a.k.a. AHCI
Or an IDE comptible mode - a.k.a ATA, PATA, IDE, EIDE, compatibility mode, etc.

If the SATA hard drive is not detected by Setup, if you see the latter in the bios Setup settings, set the bios to that, save bios settings, then Setup will detect the SATA drive controller and the SATA drive, as IDE compatible devices.

In order for Windows Setup to be able to detect a hard drive as it's full size if it's larger than 137gb manufacturer's size ( = 128gb in the bios and in the operating system), the mboard's bios must recognize the full size of the drive (if it was made in or after 2001 or so, it does) , and an XP CD must have SP1 or later updates included on it, or a 2000 CD must have SP4 or later updates included on it.


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#2
March 6, 2010 at 01:30:52

tubesandwires: Thank you for the information,I don't
have my laptop right now, so have not tried your
solution yet, Thank you for the help...Ron

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#3
March 6, 2010 at 06:55:33

OK.
You're welcome to our help.

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