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Can't Boot, Pxe-e61 Problems, Please Help:)


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#1 mrslippy

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 10:24 PM

Hey everyone,
A plea for sanity and help
I have a Toshiba Satellite P30 Laptop. Whenever I boot, I get the following error message looping:

'Intel UNDI, PXE-2.0 (build 082)

For Realtek RTL8139(X)/8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exciting PXE ROM'

Firstly, yes, I have searched forums, here and plenty others, extensively, about this error message. It lead me to be 90 percent sure that it was a hard disk failure, so I have just bought a new one from futureshop, and altho its recognized in the sytem, the error message is exactly the same as before.

In responses to other advice to other people in forums, I have also:

Reset the BIOS settings to their default.

Put the CD/DVD device, and Hard drive above the Network Device in the boot sequenece (actually, played with many different combinations. I only have 4 boot settings, so theres not many possible combinations anyway
1: CD-ROM/DVD Drive
2: Hard Drive (Newly bought, Fujitsu MVH2080AH-(PM)
3: Removable Devices
4: Network Boot

Tried rebooting from CD/DVD (it doesnt let me...same error message looping)

Tried disabling Network Boot altogether (the error Message that comes up, is 'Operating System Not Found' and thats all it says)

I am out of options here guys...I really dont know what else to do...is there a loose cable somewhere inside my laptop? I even stripped and reassembled the laptop once already to check, managed to clean it up a bit, but found no cables loose....

Is there something i'm missing/not seeing? The bios is pretty simple, not many options...(Its PhoenixBIOS setup utility)

Any other info/specs needed, in order to better help me, dont be afraid to ask, and I will tell you as much as I know I am ok when it comes to technical stuff, I know my way around a computer (ish...)

Please, please help. Any advice at this stage would be greatly appreciated Thanks in advance
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 10:29 AM

PXE is a program used to boot computers from a network. To disable it go to the BIOS, and remove it from the boot order.
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 11:47 AM

PXE is a program used to boot computers from a network. To disable it go to the BIOS, and remove it from the boot order.


Thanks for the response...but, did you read my post?
Ive already tried removing the Network boot from my boot sequence, and all the error I get is 'Operating System Not Found'

Ive tried changing the order of the boot sequence, and ive tried disabling network boot...

Sorry if I sound sarcastic, but Ive currently posted this question on 13 different forums, and Im getting responses like 'try changing the hard drive' and it makes me wonder if anyone actually reads my post...sigh....

Anyone with any suggestions, feel free to post:) Thanks in advance

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 03:18 PM

'Intel UNDI, PXE-2.0 (build 082)

For Realtek RTL8139(X)/8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exciting PXE ROM'


I have found one reference to the problem you describe. The problem with it is, it does not give a clear solution. It require you to label the drive volume, but hat is not possible till you can boot the CD\DVD. In the link below scroll to the bottom of the page.

Cannot load System Recovery Disk

I will keep looking for a solution.
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Posted 29 August 2007 - 03:22 PM

When some toshibas are in the bios startup, you can hold down the "C" key to initiate the optical drive boot. Another way is to hit the "ESC" key to bring up the boot menu and then select the optical drive.
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Posted 30 August 2007 - 07:30 PM

Normally the PXE boot commands don't show when booting as they occur after trying to boot the hard drive. So, if the hard drive is dead, then the computer will search it's other boot options for a boot command.

Since you've disabled network booting and you get the "no operating system found" message - that'd support my contention that your hard drive is dead.

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exciting PXE ROM'

This is saying that 1) It doesn't detect media on the network (since you don't boot from a network, this is normal) and 2) that it's given up and is exiting the Network boot (again, this is normal since you don't boot from a network).

As for the responses you're getting - this is (and likely the same thing goes at the other places that you've posted) a volunteer board staffed by folks who freely give their advice based upon their experience with different issues. If you'd like a specific answer without the suggestions that happen on these forums, I'd suggest that you try Toshiba's support - but be prepared to pay for it as they don't give it away for free.
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Posted 30 August 2007 - 10:23 PM

What usasma replied spark another possible problem. If neither the HD or CD are reading your IDE bus maybe bad. That would explain why neither the CD or HD will boot. If you have taken your computer apart you may want to check the IDE cable on the back of the drive port inside the drive bay. It is, unlike a desktop, a very small cable with small tolerance.
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Posted 31 August 2007 - 05:26 AM

I reread the post and may have omitted some essential information - sorry! :thumbsup:

Anywho, since you've put the new hard drive in - the "No operating system found" error is normal - as you haven't installed the OS yet!

For Toshiba's, you have to boot from the CD/DVD drive with the Toshiba Recovery CD/DVD. To do this, insert the CD/DVD into the drive and then turn off the computer. Press and hold the "C" key and then turn the computer on - holding the "C" key until the Toshiba screen shows up. If the system doesn't boot with the recovery CD/DVD at this point, it's safe to assume that the CD/DVD drive is inop and that you'll need a replacement or a repair to get it working again.
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Posted 31 August 2007 - 09:06 AM

yeah, I have replaced the hard drive...next is to replace my cd/dvd burner, and see if I get any joy then:)
Thanks for the suggestions so far tho:) I'll report back if I get anywhere:)




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