for realtek RTL8139(X)/8130/810X PCI Fast Eth

Toshiba / A100
October 3, 2010 at 01:32:56
Specs: Windows XP, Intel pentium 4/ 256mb
I have an old Toshiba Satellite A20 laptop which was so slow at working so I tried to reinstall the windows using the recovery disk provided with the product. But in the middle of the process the recovery procedure abruptly stopped and there came the following message.

For realtek RTL8139 (X) /8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet controller v2.13 (021015)
PXE-E61 media test failure, check cable
PXE- MOF exiting PXE ROM

now I cannot get it to do anything at all.

Did I kill my laptop. I can manage to disassemble the laptop and get access to the inner parts if I try. So Please advise me.

I think the reason for the processor to be so slow is the lack of RAM memory for use. It's got only 256MB of RAM for 20GB Hard drive. The processor is an intel pentium 4 Operating system is windows xp home edition.

Any advise is greatly appreciated

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October 3, 2010 at 02:20:35
The message regards PXE is stating that the BIOS can not use the hard drive as first boot device, therefore either the BIOS setting is wrong or the hard drive is toast.

I can not see that disassembling will help your situation, seems a bit extreme..

Regards Memory you need 1GB ideally to run XP SP3 well:

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October 3, 2010 at 03:40:30
Is there any solution to this at all? or my laptop is done? I am not an expert in getting it done myself do you think I will have to get it to a tech.

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October 3, 2010 at 03:56:52

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October 3, 2010 at 04:28:19
Boot into the BIOS (setup) screens and check your boot order. Sounds like the laptop may be trying to boot to a network connection.

Be sure the boot order is set to CD first then hard drive. Save and exit.

Your CMOS battery may also be dead. The CMOS battery is what saves those settings when there is no other power to the computer.

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October 4, 2010 at 08:29:14
I am still trying to fix my problem with this laptop. Following can be seen on the system setup screen.
Boot priority = CD-Rom->LAN->FDD->HDD
HDD priority = Buit -in HDD-> PC Card
Network boot protocol = PXE

Can anyone help

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October 4, 2010 at 08:38:40
Remove any PC cards before booting.

Boot priority = CD-Rom->LAN->FDD->HDD

You need to change teh boot priority to FDD> CD> HDD. Take the LAN completely out, unless you are part of a corporate environment.

If you do not have a floppy disk or bootable optical disk inserted when booting then it should try booting the the hard drive.

If the computer doesn't boot then post the exact message you do get.

Watch the start up screens to see if your hard drive is being configured in the BIOS. It may have died.

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October 4, 2010 at 08:56:17
How do I take LAN completely out> I can change it to FDD->CD-ROM->LAN->HDD but I do not know how to proceed from there to delete the LAN. This whole issue arose when I was trying to reinstall the windows using Toshiba recovery disk. So should I insert the CD again once I want to boot up?

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October 4, 2010 at 11:42:15
Are your the first owner of the laptop? Booting to a network is common in the business environment.

If you can't eliminate the LAN option, at least have it last.

You may need to hit any key to boot to the CD when prompted on screen.

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October 5, 2010 at 04:37:48
I am the first owner of the laptop. I set LAN to be the last option and it worked. I reinstall windows xp using the recovery disk. Now the computer is working fine. Thank you very much for all the help provided. As I mentioned earlier the laptop is too slow when operating any kind of application. It's gone back to sp1 now but once I get it to sp2 it'll start giving me trouble I am sure of it. 256mb is not enough as RAM i get it Do I need 1024mb ? or just 512mb is enough? the hard drive is 30GB. It will be a problem to find it in store these days that kind of a small memory though. They all have 1GB and 2GB memory i guess. there is an additional memory slot. I'm not sure upto what limit I can install extra memory. This is quite old machine.Thanks again 'cause the main problem is solved.

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October 5, 2010 at 05:17:58
Go to and use their online scan tool to determine exactly what memory you can use. Good place to buy from too.

Does your laptop use an AMD processor?

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