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Notebook zapped by static

by Totally Clueless / March 5, 2007 9:23 AM PST

I have a Toshiba satellite M70 notebook that got "zapped" by static electricity last night, and now it won't boot up. When I turn it on I get the message:

For Realtek RTL8139(X)/8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.13 (020326)

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.

then the sceen goes blank, then it starts all over again.

Is there anything I can do to it myself, or should I take it in to get repaired??

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Quick look...
by Willy / March 5, 2007 12:54 PM PST

If you have any warranty, use it. I wouldn't mention "ESD damage" unless it comes up. But, if that's the cause, static damage, it really is a repair center item. I suggest you try to get into the "bios area" and see if you can reset the bios to what it should be and "save" upon exit, maybe the bios got hosed. Understand, reset the setting, put them back as they should be, thus manually edit and return to the proper setting and save them. If you can't do any of that, you got serious problem(s).

tada -----Willy Happy

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Try removing the battery and pulling the power
by charles_athome / March 8, 2007 10:53 PM PST

Let the computer sit for a few minutes and try again. If that does not work, see if you can boot from a CD, the restore CD should work.
Still not working, decide if you want it repaired or a new laptop, price may be close. In any case, you want the old hard drive and try a $20 external drive case from to extract any information you can.
I suspect the boot sector on your hard drive is scrambled.

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It's Bios setup
by willivon4 / March 9, 2007 1:16 AM PST

Direct from the Toshiba site:

Support Bulletins

Error message "PXE-E61 Media Test Fails", when starting computer

Document ID: 98080365

Posted Date: 03/06/03

Last Updated: 06/24/04

Operating System: BIOS

Category: BIOS, LAN

Distribution: Public

Applicable Models: Portege All
Satellite All
Satellite Pro All
Tecra All

Use of any software made available for download from this system constitutes your acceptance of the Export Control Terms and the terms in the Toshiba end-user license agreement both of which you can view before downloading any such software.

Issue solution survey

The following message may appear as the computer attempts to boot (load the operating system): "PXE-E61 Media Test Fails"

This is a Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) error that may occur if "LAN" is the highest priority item in the Boot Priority list maintained by BIOS Setup, and a network connection to a

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