laptop wont start up

March 29, 2012 at 17:07:38
Specs: windows xp
when i turn on the laptop a black screen appears with the following messages
PXE-E61: media test failure , check cable
PXE-M0F: exiting intel boot agent

any suggestions

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March 29, 2012 at 17:19:49
The first suggestion is to provide a lot more detail... your laptop make would be a good start!

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March 29, 2012 at 17:40:10
its a toshiba tecra A2

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March 30, 2012 at 04:11:55
The message you are getting is related to network boot. There are three situations that spring to mind in which this can occur:

1: There is no hard drive available to boot from. Solution: Check hard drive connections, ensure presence of hard drive.

2: The hard drive is absent from the system boot sequence. Solution: enter BIOS, check boot sequence and ensure the hard drive is in first position on the boot sequence.

3: There is no data in the hard drive's boot sector, the hard drive is blank, non functional or corrupted. Solution; Repair the boot sector, replace hard drive or reinstall the system. To repair the boot sector in XP, boot fro CD into the recovery console and run 'fixboot' / 'fixmbr'.

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March 30, 2012 at 10:13:56
Similar to what Astreya27 said....

Your problem can be caused by....
- you don't have the network boot option in the correct place in the Boot Order or similar settings in the bios Setup

- you DO have that set correctly but
- the bios is not detecting your hard drive at all
- or - the bios is detecting the hard drive but it's not finding that it's bootable (has an operating system installed on it)

Also - reasons why your hard drive may not be detected as bootable by the bios.

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