The PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable error is caused by either an incorrect CMOS setting or a bad hdd.
The BIOS layout changes from one manufacturer to another, so I can't just tell you to look in the Standard CMOS Features and be sure that you will find it in your BIOS. But there will be a section which which does show the hdd and the manufacturer, this what you need to find to see if your hdd is being seen there.
Edited by dc3, 17 April 2013 - 09:46 AM.
Please note: My wife broke her radius in three places at the wrist. This required surgery where a plate and nine screws were attached to allow this brake to heal properly. She is recovering now and should make a full recovery over the next six weeks if all goes well. She is doing well enough now that I don't need to stick quite so close to her and will be able to start getting back to the amount of time I was able to invest previously.
I would like to thank those of you who have expressed your concerns and best wishes for a speedy recovery.