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PXE-E61 Media test failure?


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#1 Maple Leaf

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:14 PM

Desktop Computer was working fine yesterday, NO changes turned on today and get this error.

PXE-E61 Media Test failure
pxe-m0f exiting intel boot agent

Can anyone help?

I have done these things so far:

-Removed ram, removed sata card, removed LAN card.

Still no boot, same error.
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:25 PM

It is very possible that you hard drive has died although it is also possible that the hard drive is not being "seen" in your BIOS setup.

You may also be experiencing the loss of BIOS settings because your BIOS battery is dead.

Can you tell us what make and model computer you have.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 03:37 PM

As stated, it appears that your CMOS battery is weak/dead.

Typically, when the battery is weak...one of the CMOS settings which will change without user intervention...is the first boot option.

FWIW: CMOS Battery Replacement - http://www.liverepair.com/encyclopedia/art...cmosreplace.asp. There's no need to write down settings, the default setttings for best possible boot will be those installed as a default when/if the battery is replaced.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:28 PM

Here is my computer.

I DONT use the onboard LAN i have a card i bought which has worked for long time.

Which i also removed thinking it was that.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:54 PM

Go to BIOS. Make sure, that the boot order reads: floppy (if any), CD, HD
Disable Boot from Network (wording is different on every machine, may say Integrated NIC, Network, PXE-xxxxxxx)

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 05:09 PM

Boot order is this and wont let me change it or im not doing it right.

CD/DVD
Hard disk drive
floppy drive
ethernet

No where does it alow me to change order i can bring them up click but nothing moves.

Hard drive is showing in BIOS

I have removed battery and restarted and it gave error, reinserted battery and set time then unplugged restart still shows correct time. So Battery must be good.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 05:13 PM

Also forgot to mention when i Disable ethernet boot and save/exit.

It says No bootable device insert book disc and press any key

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 05:26 PM

Yeah, your initial error and this:

Also forgot to mention when i Disable ethernet boot and save/exit.

It says No bootable device insert book disc and press any key

would most likely indicate, that the computer doesn't see your hard drive.

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 (or http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic28744.html)
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 06:15 PM

I choose this one Data Lifeguard Diagnostic v5.04c for DOS (CD) (June 2004) my drive is a western digital.

Burning to cd right now will report back.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 06:29 PM

Here the results.

Quick test gives "Error/Status Code 0003

Extended Test gives Error/Status Code 0225

To many errors found.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 06:38 PM

After some research this is the exact noise it made before it crashed.

http://datacent.com/hard_drive_sounds.php

Go to Western Digital 200GB desktop drive with bad preamplifier chip (located on the headstack) clicks a few times, spins down.

Any idea how this can be fixed? I have alot of knowledge regarding electronics, i need a lot of data off this.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 08:17 PM

Not good
This is what Western Digitals says:
225 Too Many Errors Found Error count reached a threshold value. There are too many errors detected on this drive to be repaired. Replace the drive.

Your main concern now is to save your data, if possible.
Slave the drive in another computer (or use USB enclosure) and see, if it's accessible.
I don't recommend any other action. Working with a hard drive can be done only in high tech clean room.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 08:21 PM

If the sound is right about the headstack, that is a professional recovery only, requiring a clean room and some very careful work.
I have matched controller boards and firmware to recover silent dead drives, but once it starts making noise you have a sometimes very small time period before it becomes unreadable to the computer and to all software tools.

The head stack is pictured here:
http://www.hdd.ji2.com/blog/2009/09/hard-d...ssembly-part-1/

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 10:35 PM

Damn my luck. So much stuf down the drain, somethings ill never get again.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 11:10 PM

Slave the drive in another computer (or use USB enclosure) and see, if it's accessible.


Then, did anyone say BACKUP? :thumbsup:

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