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Windows 7: Operating System not found (PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable)

29 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 bit.
Operating System not found (PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable)

Hi all,

My laptop (Lenovo Ideapad Y560) running on Windows 7 64-bit stopped booting. These are the messages I receive while trying to boot:

Broadcom UNDI PXE-2.1 v12.2.5
Copyright Broadcom
Copyright Intel
All rights reserved.

Broadcom Base code PXE-2.1 v1.1.1
Copyright Broadcom
Copyright Intel
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Broadcom PXE ROM.
Operating System not found.


BIOS settings:

Boot priority order
1: IDE CD: SlimtypeBD E DS4E1S
3: IDE 1: ST9500420AS
8: PCI BEV: MBA v12.2.5 Slot 0900
Excluded from boot order:

WLAN Device: Disabled
Power Beep: Disabled
Inter Virtual Technology: Disabled

Product Name: Ideapad Y560
BIOS version: 30CN62WW
EC Version: 27EC36WW

I was able to load the Repair disc Windows 7 64-bit to get to the System Recovery screen but there is no Operating System listed.

I click on Load Drivers and it goes to X:\Windows\system32. Not sure what to select here. It is expecting a file of type "Setup Information". MUI ??

I click on C: from the drop down menu and I get a message saying "C: is inaccessible and needs to be formatted being it can be used". I exit that screen.

Ran the Startup Repair many times. No change.

I went to Command Prompt mode (DISKPART) and list volume as mentioned in this thread:

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
------------ --- ---------- ---- --------- ------ ------- -----
Volume 0 E Repair Disc UDF DVD-ROM 165 Mb Healthy
Volume 1 C (No label) RAW Partition 29 GB Healthy
Volume 2 D Lenovo NTFS Partition 29 GB Healthy
Volume 3 (No label) RAW Partition 421 GB Healthy Hidden
Volume 4 Lenovo_Part NTFS Partition 14 GB Healthy Hidden

But the thread above has a step to restore the "bootsector code". But I don't find bootsect.exe in my repair disc. It only has boot and sources directories and bootmgr.

So I go online & download bootsect.exe, and a bunch of 64 bit drivers from Lenovo site, and burned a new repair disc. I also included EasyBCD 2.0.2 on it. But for some reason the laptop just wouldn't boot from it. I had made sure that all executables on the root folder. But it boots only from the original repair disc that doesn't have any drivers or bootsect.exe.

Is my C: (volume 3, 421 GB) corrupt? It shouldn't show up as RAW or hidden, right? But its status says it is healthy.

I am kind of stuck at this point. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.



My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Oct 2011   #2

windows 7

Hi gctex. I have the SAMe problem.. I REALLY need some help. were you able to fix this??
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I have the exact same problem with the exact same computer. Please help!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

sinani206, please start your own thread to get dedicated help. This is an old thread, and not likely to receive a helpful response to your problem. You are welcome to link to this thread in your thread as a reference to your problem.
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