Having problems with your Acer Aspire 5100 Notebook ?

Error message reads For REALTEK RTL8139(X)/8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.13 (020326) Media Test Failure, Check Cable PXE-MOF: Exiting PXEROM when booting up, what's the problem

Answers :

This is caused by your BIOS not finding a valid boot device. Most of the time this means your hard drive has failed. It could also be caused if someone has changed the boot order.

Your bios has a preset order in which it will attempt to find a valid device that contains an operating system. Normally it will go like this:

1. Cdrom
2. Removable (USB,ect)
3. Hard Drive
4. Network

Your BIOS will try each of these devices in that order until it finds a device that will boot. Normally it ends with network boot and since you do not have a network boot server you will get the error you are seeing.

So to sum it up check your BIOS boot order and your hard drive for any problems.

This is caused when there is a faulty hard drive or somebody has changed the boot order in the BIOS
\015\012As the laptop is booting repeatedly press F2
\015\012Now use the arrow keys to move to the BOOT tab
\015\012In here make sure the hard drive has a "+" sign in front of it.
\015\012If not use the F5 and F6 keys to make the required changes
\015\012When you have the hard drive with a plus sign in fron of it and at the top of the list press F10
\015\012It will ask you if you are sure press Y then Enter.
\015\012That has set the first device to boot from as the hard drive.
\015\012If it boots and gives you the error you saw again then double check you made the hard drive the first boot device.
\015\012If it still does it then there is good chance that either the hard drive or its controller are faulty.
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