PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Check

January 20, 2009 at 11:56:09
Specs: Windows XP, P690 4GB
I had a PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Check Cable error message on a Dell P470 after I replaced the mother board. I noticed that it had RAID on it.

The pc would get passed the BIOS, display the PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Check Cable error message, then hitthe Windows Splash, flash a BSOD for about 1/2 a second then reboot. I fixed it by restoring factory defaults which got rid of the RAID and the PC booted fine.
I hope this helps someone!


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#1
January 20, 2009 at 14:13:36
The "PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Check Cable" message usually means the system is attempting to boot off a network. A complete BIOS reset isn't necessary, just a setting change.

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#2
January 20, 2009 at 14:20:11
This is of no use to anyone really. I hate to say that.

There are many ways to boot a computer. One is a CD/DVD, another is a hard drive. Some computers allow you to boot from a network with a process called PXE. That is how you got the PXE error. Your system was set to boot to or the last choice was network boot.

Understanding and correcting the correct bios entry may have been a better repair.


I do fix a lot of stuff that way however. I may not know how to fix it correctly but it gets fixed. I get paid to do that too.


"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#3
January 26, 2009 at 13:21:32
Thank you jefro for the refresher course on the various ways I can boot a pcI know the various ways to boot a machine as I get paid to do IT work as well...Thank you.

PXE was the first thing I checked because very rarely has that NOT fixed a PXE-E61 error message in my experience although I am aware that there are others.

In my case setting the Hard drive back to factory defaults removed raid and I was able to boot. Coincidence? possibly, but not likely. So in my particular case that was the fix.

I highly doubt that this won't ever happen to anyone ever again. Appreciate the positve response though. I'll make sure to dust off my A+ book and learn BIOS again before I try to post in an attempt to help someone, how dare I.


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#4
January 26, 2009 at 13:48:49
PXE is either a choice in bios or can sometimes be called by a choice that might say something like "boot other device" or that effect.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#5
January 27, 2009 at 10:19:47
:-|

Once again.......Thank you....


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