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PXE-E61 Media Test Failure Error for Intel® Desktop Boards


Last Reviewed: 01-Nov-2017
Article ID: 000005740

What are you seeing?

The following errors display when your Intel® Desktop Board starts:

  • PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable.
  • PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.

Why are you seeing it?

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

If PXE Boot is enabled in BIOS, the PXE-E61 and PXE-M0F errors can happen when both of these are true:

  • A bootable hard drive is not detected.
  • A network cable is not connected to the Intel Desktop  Board. 

How to fix it

If a drive is installed

Check that the drive is detected in BIOS:

  1. Press F2 during boot to enter BIOS Setup.
  2. Go to the Boot menu.
  3. Check the Boot Drive Order.
  4. Press F10 to exit BIOS Setup.
If Boot Drive Order shows No Boot Drive:
  • Check that the drive is properly installed in the computer.
  • Try installing a different known good drive.
If PXE Boot is enabled in BIOS To check the BIOS option:
  1. Press F2 during boot to enter BIOS Setup.
  2. Go to the Boot menu and check for Boot to Network.
  3. Press F10 to exit BIOS Setup.
If you do not plan to boot to a network, disable this option.

If you do want to boot to a network, check that the network cable connection is working properly.

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