PXE failure & no boot device

Toshiba labtop / C655
March 14, 2011 at 04:27:31
Specs: Windows 7, i3/M370 @2.4GHz
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller Series v2.29 (06/30/09)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM

Disable PCI LAN in Bios; receive no bootable device

Reboot in Safe Mode, then reboot restart normally; THEN, wait for the next "event"

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March 15, 2011 at 06:20:30
Is there a question or problem in there? Your computer is attempting to boot to a network device. Enter the BIOS (setup) screens and reset teh boot order to hard drive.

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March 15, 2011 at 08:54:18
Yes, there was a question - what's really going on (implied)? I have (had) it set up for HDD, CD/DVD, USB, LAN, FDD. Called Toshiba, and their response was, "Well, if it happens again, we'll raise it to a Level 2 tech issue." It boots into Windows; sometimes it takes awhile to get by the initial "setup choice" screen and finally, goes into Windows; but, not in the past 3 days. Right now, it's booting rather normally. It's during normal usage that the apparent spontaneous reboot occurs and the notification is received. I shut off the PCI in CMOS/BIOS, and, now, when the spontaneous reboot occurs, I receive the 'no bootable device available'. I've done a complete scan with Norton 360 v5 Premier with no untoward results. It could be that the HDD breaks comms with the system for a split milli-second and the reboot occurs; or it could be the i3. I've ordered another HDD, just in case. We'll see.

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March 15, 2011 at 09:36:16
Looks like a hard disk failure. Probably the spindle is getting worn and it is taking some time to get up to speed then when it does, the speed fluctuates so much it gets out of sync.

The PXE netwrok boot comes up when all else has failed and that is a last resort to get the computer going.

If you have an valuable data on the hard disk I would get it copied to something else at the earliest opportunity before the disk fails completely.


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March 15, 2011 at 09:41:41
No bootable device doesn't necessarily mean the hard drive is defective. Just means it is not set up to boot. Most likely caused by a corrupt Windows installation.

If the hard drive is a SATA type, the data cable should not be tightly folded. Also, some SATA ports on some boards do not support bootable devices. If your problem is intermittent then that probably is not the issue.

There may be a setting in the BIOS to delay hard drive detection. Some drives need more time to be detected. If that setting exists in your BIOS set to the max. time, which may be 5 seconds.

Watch the POST screens at start up to see if the BIOS is properly configuring all your drives by both the model and FULL capacity.


The response above this one is valid. Run a drive fitness test on the hard drive.

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March 15, 2011 at 10:21:21
Thanks for the posts. Re: poss HDD failure; it's one of the reasons I just ordered a replacement. Fortunately, I run backup and image weekly. Opening the laptop to check for cable lays, is going to breach the warranty as much as replacing the HDD; however, replacing the HDD is relatively less intrusive. Do y'all have a recommendation for a replacement for the Toshiba HDD (5400rpm, 8mb buffer, 500Gb)? All things considered, I've had much better fortune with HDD operation than my son's run of bad HDDs. I use the Belarc Advisor, too; and all h/w & s/w appear fully functional.

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March 15, 2011 at 10:48:20
Sorry, I didn't pickup on the laptop listing.

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March 18, 2011 at 19:58:03
(UPDATE) Received a replacement HDD, restored the clone on it, and it's been working fine for the past 2 days. Thanks for taking the time to provide good suggestions. Fair winds and following seas for all.

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