Solved Media test failure check cables message on Toshiba satellite

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May 3, 2015 at 18:52:21
Specs: Win 7, 8gb
I have a Toshiba satellite laptop model P855-S5200. I replaced the hard drive with a new 750GB SATA with no operating system on it. Now I'm getting" Media test failure, check cables. I could not access the help screen via F8 and it would not read my Win7 home premium operating system disc. Any ideas on what I should do?

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#1
May 3, 2015 at 19:02:12
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Go into BIOS (Repeatedly press F2 during boot up) and set the disc drive ahead of the hard disk. Then with the disc in the drive restart the computer.

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#2
May 4, 2015 at 06:45:32
That didn't work. Now it has added the following message to the media test failure, check cable. Now it also says exiting PXE ROM. It did not recognize me pressing F2 to change the boot order.

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#3
May 4, 2015 at 10:06:54
The idea behind tapping F2 continuously during start up was a means of getting into BIOS (a menu screen). Once you get in there you can set the boot order, although the method detail varies with BIOSs.

If you watch the screen carefully during restart then it should show the key necessary to enter SETUP (which is BIOS). Watch that screen - maybe it is not F2 on yours - the Del key is another popular one.

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#4
May 4, 2015 at 16:15:00
I tried that but it is not getting to that point it goes right to that message. My user guide says to use F8 but it's not recognizing that either.

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#5
May 4, 2015 at 16:20:22
There is another message now: Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key. When you do that it says: PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM

Then it loops again with the same messages.


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#6
May 4, 2015 at 17:57:18
The PXE message means it's looking for boot media on the network.

Sometimes getting the F keys to work at bootup can be a little tricky. Try tapping it at different speeds. If slow repetitive taps don't work, try a little faster.


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#7
May 4, 2015 at 22:12:07
F8 is the key to access the windows boot menu after it starts loading. It's not the key to get into bios setup. You're either pressing the wrong key or pressing it too late. Check your manual if you're not sure. Sometimes you can hit the pause/break key to stop the bios process so you'll have time to read what's on the screen.

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#8
May 5, 2015 at 13:11:56
I never could get to the boot order. It did allow me to boot the laptop from an external DVD drive but not from the laptop's internal DVD. It seems to not recognize the internal dvd. Is there some DOS commands that can be used to access the boot order? When I boot from the external hard drive it tries to relate to the internal DVD.

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#9
May 5, 2015 at 14:28:23
There's no way that DOS can help. Check your boot order in BIOS with the external DVD unplugged, then see if any sort of CD/DVD drive shows there.

Having said that, if you have an external DVD drive then that could be used to load Windows.

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