PXE-E61 Media test failure

Acer / 5021wlmi
April 17, 2009 at 05:20:34
Specs: Windows XP, celeron 1.6 1 gig
Anybody know how to solve this error message i get at startup. I was restoring a past backup when 10 mins in it came up backup is corrupt then comp just restarted comp now sits with above error message, i have tried the bios but no look as some other posts suggest, cd rom wont read xp disc so can't use that, I tried the acer recovery (alt f10) started to copy files then stopped. Now i don't even get the pxe e61 error message all i have is a black screen with the curser flashing top left, nothing happens when i press keyboard, so i have to turn laptop off, when i turn it back on black screen again. Help please.

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April 17, 2009 at 06:09:17
I have managed to hook up the laptops hard disc to my home computer using ide external cable to usb, i can open the hard disc to view its files so am assuming the hard disc is ok & it is a boot problem any ideas or if i can change anything now i have access to the hard disc, is it a boot problem with the hard disc or the laptop?? Thanks

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April 17, 2009 at 15:21:26
A few things affect booting. Bios settings are normally the first place. Use boot order to select hard drive first. Might as well disable lan boot if possible while you are there unless you use PXE.

Second is the way the hard drive is loaded. A few things there can cause this. There has to be an active parition and the master boot record has to be correct to load the OS.

My guess you need to fix MBR first. Then might have to do "repair" from xp cd.

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

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