Media test failure check cable message appears, but!

January 10, 2012 at 07:27:29
Specs: Windows XP
On boot up screen, I get the "media test failure" and check cable for a few seconds, but continues through successful boot up. I recently had o.s. wiped and intstalled same windows xp home package 2. I did not get this message at first, but not sure if I just didn't notice it. I did notice desk top came up fast and ready to go at new install. But after installing internet browser and getting upgrade "malware" and running that, my desk top slowed way down. This is the hour glass running for approx. minute and unfunctionable. Internet is slower in some places. Facebook and game are giving issues. I did not have this before on this toshiba satillite before. And as other laptops and desktops run these areas much faster. All my computers are sized close enough to make that comparison.
So: IS THIS MEDIA TEST FAILURE MY ISSUE? HOW TO FIX IT PLEASE. I have read some posts and answers, but not sure if posters were able to get past the boot message.

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January 10, 2012 at 07:44:38
- list your system specs. You need at least 1GB RAM for a decent performing XP system.
- list the name of the anti-virus/anti-malware program you're using. Bloatware such as Norton, McAfee, TrendMicro, etc should be avoided. There are plenty of lightweight freebies available (AVG, AVAST, Microsoft Security Essentials) that work just as well & won't bog down the system.

Is "media test failure" the entire message or is there more to it? like PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable ? That message has to do with booting off a network. If you don't need it, disable it in the BIOS.

Did you install all the latest drivers (chipset, video, audio, network, wireless, etc) after the reinstall of Windows? Have you run Windows Update & installed all the critical updates? There's probably several optional updates that would be useful as well.

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January 10, 2012 at 13:54:31
Thanks Riider,

1. I only have 516 ram, but was running in a sufficient speed before.
2. I had the wipe performed by a tech business. They put on AVG and Malwarebytes on. Malwarebytes was a one week or one month deal. It kept prompting to run it and I did. Also on original boot from when I got back from tech, malwarebytes autostarted and indicated it found 4 threats. I find that funny or suspicious. I uninstalled malwarebytes but still have AVG. AVG is the free version and they prompt to have me purchase upgrade for better service. I do like what I see with AVG so far. But AVG, when I run scan, Shows no threats or problems.
3. The Boot up: Yes there is the full message that you describe with the "media ...... ...... ...... check cable. pxe ??? whatever? Screen moves to windows pretty quick when the final part of that message appears.... It does say something about ROM ??? .... Yes, system is on a wireless home network. And I dare say .... unsecure.
4. I go to task manager to see what process is running while desktop is loading. There ... shows the Idle System running spuratically with as much as 70% of CPU.

5. I was prompted to get latest upgrade to windows. I did. This was the yellow sheild.

So hope this will show more insite to my problem for your consideration.

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