Media test failure

By fher
Aug 27, 2010
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  1. hey gang,
    i am d-sub. i have an acer aspire one zg5 netbook. I've owned it for several months. i turned it on recently and got this message while it was booting.
    pxe-e61: media test failure, check cable
    pxe-mof: exiting pxe rom
    then it shows the aspire one logo screen for a second and goes blank. the mouse is setting in the center of the blank screen. i am able to control the mouse. can u help?
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    First, can you see anything... that allows you to remove and reinstall the driver as a first step... Looks as if you have a part to replace, if the configuration allows it... otherwise, is it under warrnty still?
  3. fher

    fher TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I can only get to the setup utility or the boot menu ! it is not under warranty. are you trying to tell me i may have to replace the hard drive? i'm leaning towards that.
  4. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    It's certainly possible that the drive has failed since it's unable to boot from the drive. Are you able to see the drive in the BIOS? Do you have an optical drive you can boot a CD from?
  5. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Doesn't have to be the hard drive to give a media test failure...
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,317   +618

    PXE-xxx is a (common) failure for trying to boot using the Ethernet instead of looking on the HD. (media failure here is the network).

    Usual suspects here is a bad MBR,
    missing files in the root directory
    or a clobbered partition

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