ROM boot msg at start up

April 19, 2012 at 18:25:42
Specs: Windows 7, celeron
OS isn't loading immediately

I'm getting the message that this laptop displays when there is no OS loaded on the HDD

then the OS Loads

the battery needs to be replaced
doubt if they are related but intend to replace battery to make sure or find out

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April 20, 2012 at 01:58:17
When you talk of "replacing the battery" I assume you mean the small coin-shaped CMOS battery which is clipped to the mainboard inside the laptop? That's the only battery that's likely to cause that boot error if it has expired - not the large operating battery.

If new CMOS battery makes no difference, test the hard drive. It may be starting to fail, causing the non-fatal boot error (non-fatal at present, but it will get worse).
You can test it with the drive manufacturer's disgnostic software for DOS which runs from a bootable CD. Links here:

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April 26, 2012 at 21:06:01
specifically, the Toshiba boot menu and setup option screen loads, then an error message which mentions the RealTek Ethernet controller (technical specifications or DMA address or something) but indicates no errors with it

The error message closes with;

PXE-EX1; Media test failure; check cable
PXE-MOF; exiting PXE ROM

then Windows loads (win7)

It is a Toshiba Satellite 455- laptop with a Celeron uP

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April 26, 2012 at 21:18:37
error message begins with Intel UNDI

closes with PXE-E61: media test failure; check cable

This is a L455-S5975 Toshiba Satellite LAPTOP with c. 2GB RAM and 2.2Ghz clock (uP)

HDD size is irrelevant here

The primary Laptop Battery is shot (indicator messages recommend replacement as it no longer is able to hold a full charge)

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April 26, 2012 at 21:22:32
error message opens with:

Intel UNDI PXE-2.1 ....

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April 26, 2012 at 21:31:30
Intel UNDI PXE-2.1 (build 082)

copyright info

then a line with
RealTek Ethernet numbers and garbledogok

PXE-E61: media test failure; check cable
PXE-MOF: exiting PXE ROM


Windows 7 HOME PREMIUM loads and runs fine

this is a
heavily used c. 3 year old laptop

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April 27, 2012 at 13:54:52
For Realtek RTL8101E/8102E(L)/8103(L) PCI-E Ethernet ...

is the text of the line with Ethernet info in it

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April 27, 2012 at 14:28:49
For Realtek RTL 8101E/8102E(L)/8103E(L) PCI-E Ethernet Controller v. 1.13 (081016)

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