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Boot error - pxe-e61: media test failure check cable - operating system not found

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by OscarTT21, Dec 11, 2008.

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  1. OscarTT21

    OscarTT21 Thread Starter

    Dec 11, 2008
    First congrats on an excellent forum and helpful members. I have used the info this site loads of times before reading past threads and until now have never needed to post...

    So here goes.
    I have just installed a fresh (not new) hard drive in my system which is;
    Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo P5600
    AMD Athlon 64 3500+
    2GB Ram
    160GB SATA Hard drive
    XP Pro SP3

    The drive had XP already installed but was configured for an Athlon Dual Core system so i did a clean install. Deleted all partitions then created a new partition with NTFS file system (the slow method to check for disk errors)

    Then i installed XP pro Sp2 all done from Fujitsu operating system recovery CD.
    All went flawlessly and was working great.
    Next day i went to boot and the splash screen came up with Fujitsu Siemens on it and the F2 or F12 options and the blue progress meter. The progress meter got to half way and then hung for about 2 mins and a black screen came up with a load of writing on and the message;

    pxe-e61: media test failure, check cable
    operating system not found

    I did read a thread on techguy about this but it didnt solve my problem and my symptoms are quite different.

    If when i see the splash screen i immediately press F2 to go to bios setup i can enter setup and view all settings. The HD is present and boot priority set to Hard drive. I then exit without saving or changing anything and it boots into windows and works fine.

    If i do a restart from windows it boots fine. Its only when i shut down and restart from the front switch it gives the,
    pxe-e61: media test failure, check cable
    operating system not found

    One final thing if when the splash screen comes up i don't press F2 immediately say wait 5 seconds then it hangs for a while then goes to the BIOS setup but in this instance the HD is not present in the BIOS settings!!
    Oh and one final final thing if i press F12 on the splash to get other boot options and select any from the list it boots and works fine too!!

    This is a real strange one... I've installed XP dozens of times over the years on single and dual core systems, AMD & Pentium, updated bios, and installed everything from motherboards to printers and never seen anything quite like this one before so help is needed from those with greater wisdom and experience.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. EddieSpageddy


    Dec 24, 2008
    were getting the same thing on my sisters Fujitsu lifebook, i kinda think it looks like the reference is to trying to boot from the lan when the cd or hdd isnt available, (maybe because of hw issues,like controller?) will check with their tech support to confirm and update here...
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