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Upgrade problems with Lenovo G50-45

I have a Lenovo G50-45. I bought a 480 Ultra II solid state drive to replace my current hard drive. The first time I tried to install I got this error message: PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Check Cable


I looked it up and it said to go into the BIOS and make sure the Hard drive is 'seen' Bios sees the hard drive but 

Still getting the same error message.

Went back into Bios and set it to Legacy support. Documenation said it was looking for network support.


I havent placed the solid state drive back in to see if I can boot up using Legacy support.

Any suggesstions?

This is the hardest upgrade I have ever had to do. I have replaced many hard drives in laptops and desktops never with this much difficulty. I am ready to take back the solid state drive and just buy another computer. Sheesh!!!

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Re: Upgrade problems with Lenovo G50-45

Hi,  Rhonda –


Thank you for writing in to the Lenovo Forum - happy to have you here today.


When the computer boots up, it undergoes a series of hardware detection, driver identification and code execution. Ideally, if the system is set to boot from the HDD, the system checks first if an HDD is present (in the BIOS and during POST). if the system detects the HDD, it will then read the boot sector where it boots the Windows. The "PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, check cable" error that your getting happens when the system doesn't detect the HDD (or any bootable media) and then boots into the network.


If the issue is intermittent, the problem may lie on the HDD or the connection of the HDD to the motherboard.


Things that you can try:

  1. Verify the integrity of the HDD by running an error scan (i.e. using HD Tune).
  2. Reseat the HDD
  3. Reseat the CMOS battery

If the problem remains, I recommend you contact Lenovo and report the issue.


Update us how it goes.







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