Toshiba Satellite A15-S1292 won't start.

June 7, 2011 at 11:45:43
Specs: Windows XP
I got a Toshiba Satellite A15-S1292 ay a yard sale and immediately upon booting I received this message:

IDE #0 ERROR

Intel(R) Boot Agent FE v4.1.09
Copyright (C) 1997-2002, Intel Corporation
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.
Insert system disk in drive.
Press any key when ready....


Here is where it gets weird. I started investigating (since I only spent $20 on it) and at one point pulled out the hard drive. Since I know nothing about laptops I just put it back in nice and tight and went on looking around. There was nothing that looked out of place so I put all the covers back on and tried one last time to boot the laptop. Hotdog! It worked. I loaded Windows XP SP2 and was in business. I installed my favorite programs and even got it on my network. But the error message soon came back so I pulled out the hard drive and put it back in except this time the trick didn't work. I can't get past

IDE #0 ERROR

Intel(R) Boot Agent FE v4.1.09
Copyright (C) 1997-2002, Intel Corporation
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.
Insert system disk in drive.
Press any key when ready....


and I can't get into Safe Mode by hitting F8!

Help please.

Thank you,

Jon


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#1
June 7, 2011 at 12:32:21
Despite it having worked once, it does look like the hard drive has failed.

The BIOS message "PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable" means that the system has tried (and failed) to boot from the network device, since this is configured in the BIOS as an alternative boot option when no boot code can be found elsewhere.

For definite confirmation that the hard drive has failed, you can test it with the drive manufacturer's own diagnostic software. You will have to download the DOS version which is an ISO CD-image from which you can create a bootable CD. Then you boot the the PC from that CD and run the test .

The links for the diagnostic software from the various manufacturer's are at the top of this page: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm...


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#2
June 7, 2011 at 15:01:53
Unfortunately there is not a tool for Toshiba products. Would you have ranother suggestion? Thanks.

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#3
July 5, 2011 at 12:45:47
Yes I agree that the hard drive needs to be tested no matter what however it also may be that the BIOS hasn't been setup correctly. I have a toshiba hard drive testing utility at home I will post a link in the next few days!

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#4
July 5, 2011 at 13:27:51
Thank you kindly.

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#5
July 6, 2011 at 08:40:02
Just wanted to let you know where I am at so you can get some idea what I was trying to do. I Finally got a copy of Windows XP SP2 INSTALLED on my USB stick with the help of BartPE and PeToUSB. Then I finally got Plop to work which allows my laptop to boot from USB. It ended up just being as simple as using "Shift + U". Now I am running Windows XP SP2 from my USB. That means I am almost back to solving the hurdles of getting extra Programs to work with namely my Netgear Smart Wizard to help get me connected. Then, hopefully, I will be able to connect to my LAN wirelessly and share a connection to get online.

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