Solved Ethernet Controller Error Message...

June 20, 2012 at 22:55:05
Specs: Windows 7/Dual XP, ?/3gig
I was in the process of backing up my system using Macrium and because it had some time to go I made use of the time to dash down to the local store. On my return I found this scrolling message (white letters on a black screen):

For Realtek RTL8111B/8168B Gigabyte Ethernet Controller V2.02(060301)
PXE-E61 Media Test Failure Check Cable
PXE-MOF Exiting PXE ROM

I powered the unit down, switched off at the mains, waited a few minutes and restarted successfully although it took some time for the BIOS to click in and for the eventual Windows 7 screen to appear.

This is the second time this has occurred and it has restarted OK each time. When the message states to "Check the Cable" I am unsure of just which cable I should be checking and where.

Any advice as to the cause of this condition will be gratefully acknowledged.

PS: I might add that the back-up verified successfully.


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#1
June 21, 2012 at 04:46:47
Not much in details, but this is what I think I understand:
It sounds like there is a problem with your NIC, presumably it is onboard. While it could be an actual hardware issue, I would bet it is probably a driver one. If software fixes to not help, you may eventually need to disable it in the BIOS and add a card (assuming it is a desktop machine) to replace it. I would first try just downloading the newest NIC driver for your motherboard/system, or possibly all of your drivers if you like, and installing. If it does not happen again, you are done.
Googling, I also found this article:
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic...
that you may want to read.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
June 21, 2012 at 06:01:11
✔ Best Answer
Check the boot order in the BIOS. For some reason the BIOS is bypassing the hard drive & attempting to boot off a network drive. No network drive is being detected therefore you're being instructed to check the network (ethernet) cable. It could be your hard drive is failing.

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#3
June 21, 2012 at 18:24:12
Thank you Fingers and riider. I have no network card in my computer and I am not connected to any network so I don't think my problem lies in that direction. My drive is just over a year old and hopefully there is no impending problem there.

riider I think you may be closer to the mark. I do use a disk caddy which I insert into my PC and I back-up to this drive. When the drive is not in use I remove it and store it elsewhere. When the PC boots it therefore only "sees" the one drive unless my back-up drive is also inserted then it reads both but the main drive should be the one first in line and maybe this order has changed. I'll keep an eye on it and I thank you both for your help and suggestions.


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#4
June 21, 2012 at 20:20:08
If you are connected to the internet through a high speed connection (rather than a dial up), you are running a NIC, though probably onboard your motherboard.
I do agree that riider does have a point and it is a very good possibility as it explains the reference to the cable during boot.

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#5
June 21, 2012 at 23:14:41
Thank you Fingers... I have a Wireless modem (Mod: MF626) which plugs into a USB port on both my NetBook and Desktop so I don't think I am affected by a dodgy NIC card... I may be wrong though, my knowledge of this aspect is somewhat sketchy.

Thanks for your reply,

Regards.


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#6
June 22, 2012 at 06:07:08
I once saw an error message nearly similar to the one you've mentioned above Ewen. I used to that error message when booting up my computer. I eventually solved it by changing the HDD jumper from CS to Master. So I'd suggest you check your jumper settings because it's like the system is detecting two master drives.

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#7
June 22, 2012 at 17:27:01
Thank you Isaa... that certainly is worth look at. I usually have the jumper set on CS for the drives in my drive caddies.

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#8
June 22, 2012 at 20:02:23
Cable Select is really to make assembly at the factory easier, but I have always used the Master and Slave settings. Now that I am almost all SATA drives, there is no longer a need to bother with jumpers.

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#9
June 22, 2012 at 23:14:19
Thanks Fingers... unhappily my caddy takes an IDE drive and if I remember correctly it is set Slave.

Edit: It is set Cable Select.


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