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PXE-E61 error


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Posted 14 June 2011 - 05:06 PM

I have a Toshiba Satellite M45-S331 and I replaced the hard drive on it now I get error PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable. I've been told and read that the error refers to the system trying to boot from LAN. Not sure why that is since the BIOS boot priority is set to: FDD->CD-ROM->LAN->HDD. So not sure why it won't boot from CD-ROM. I've tried different Linux distros, Windows XP. Any help or ideas would be awesome and help me out a lot. Thank you.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 05:08 PM

In the boot order, move LAN to the the back end of the boot order (after hdd).

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 05:27 PM

It won't let me choose that.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 05:33 PM

Can you move the HD to the first boot device?

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 05:37 PM

Yeah I can. But there is no OS on the drive.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 05:45 PM

I'm sorry - I thought you are trying to boot to the hd. Are you in fact trying to boot to lan?

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 05:48 PM

I'm trying to boot from CD so I can install an OS onto the hdd. I've tried hitting F12 and selecting boot from CD but it goes right to the like there is no bootable CD in the drive.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 05:54 PM

If you'd said that in the first post it would have been helpful.

There are 3 possible reasons you can't boot to the cd:

1) It is not ahead of lan in boot order (you said it is, but why not make it the FIRST device anyway - ahead of the floppy?)
2) The cd is bad or not bootable
3) The cd drive is bad

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 06:00 PM

I've changed the boot order to CD-ROM first and same thing happens. I know the discs work because I've tried them in other systems. And t he CD drive works because I pulled it from another system and it worked fine in it.

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 06:26 AM

Is it an original, retail OS cd or a copy?

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 01:07 PM

I've tried both retail and copy cds. I've tried ubuntu and windows cds that worked on other systems.

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 02:06 PM

If you'd said that in the first post it would have been helpful.

There are 3 possible reasons you can't boot to the cd:

1) It is not ahead of lan in boot order (you said it is, but why not make it the FIRST device anyway - ahead of the floppy?)
2) The cd is bad or not bootable
3) The cd drive is bad


One other outside possibility is the mobo battery needs to be replaced. Other than these four options I'm lost.




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