How to Fix PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Check Cable Error

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PXE (Preboot eXecution Environment) is a boot environment that allows the Intel Desktop Board to boot via a network interface instead of booting from an installed hard disk. You can enable or disable PXE startup in the BIOS.

If PXE boot is enabled in the BIOS, PXE-E61 and PXE-M0F errors can occur if both are true:

  • A bootable hard disk is not detected.
  • No network cable is connected to the Intel motherboard.

If you receive this error, we recommend the following troubleshooting steps:

Start your computer and enter your BIOS configuration. Check that the boot sequence is not configured for network boot. Make sure that your hard disk is listed in the boot sequence. Try to make your hard disk the first device in your boot order by using the buttons at the bottom of the screen.

If your hard disk is not listed as an option in your boot sequence, it may indicate that your hard disk is down or disconnected. If it is a desktop computer, you can turn it off, open the case and make sure that connections to your hard drive are secure and properly connected. The following figure shows the power and data connections of a typical SATA hard disk drive.

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Disable network startup

The BIOS configuration can be configured to search for a network drive. You can disable network startup as follows:

  1. During the boot process, press F2 to start the BIOS configuration.
  2. Go to Advanced > Start > Start Configuration.
  3. In the Startup Devices area, disable network startup.
  4. Press F10 to exit the BIOS configuration.

Changing the boot priority


This error means that the notebook is trying to boot on the network, the error was generated by the notebook because there is no valid infrastructure to boot on PXE. To solve this problem, you must configure your BIOS or UEFI. How to access the BIOS or UEFI? Different suppliers offer different keys to access the BIOS or UEFI. For Dell, you must use the F2 or F12 keys, for HP, you must use the F2 or F10 keys, etc. We will describe the procedure to follow with the Dell laptop. If you do not see your hard disk, DVD drive or USB stick, it means that the BIOS or UEFI did not recognize it, and you must read method 3.

  1. Turn on or restart your computer or laptop
  2. Press F12 while the laptop is starting up. The Boot Device Menu appears and lists all available boot devices.
  3. From the Boot Device menu, select the device from which you want to boot.
  4. Press Enter
  5. Start your laptop via USB

If you have installed Windows, we recommend that you disable network booting in your BIOS or UEFI. How will you disable network startup? You will need to access the BIOS or UEFI, navigate to the boot options and disable network boot. Please consult the technical documentation of your computer or laptop.

CMOS clearing

Clear the CMOS to reset the BIOS. If the PXE-E61 error is due to an incorrect BIOS setting, it is hoped that resetting the BIOS to its default options will correct the error.

If none of the above solutions work, the problem may be due to a defective motherboard or hard disk.

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