03-29-2011 10:52 AM
I just received my x120e yesterday. I was trying to install a new OCZ SSD and dual system(Windows and Ubuntu) for this netbook. The installation was quite smooth, however, whenever I try to load the Windows from external DVD-ROM, the computer crushed after drivers being loaded to the memory and then gave a blue screen. After unplug the external DVD-ROM, the computer gave this error "PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable". Does this mean the SSD drive failed? I was able to see this drive in Bios.
Now, I switched back to original HDD and the computer works fine. Any idea what's the problem with my computer? Thank you.
03-29-2011 11:30 AM
The media test failure message looks like it came from the network boot (I'm guessing from the PXE in the error message).
As for why your computer crashed... it's either the DVD, the drive, or the computer .
You could try to install windows from a USB key following the directions here:
or using the Win7 usb/download tool here:
Anecdotally, the only time I've had the Windows installer blue screen during installation was when there was a hardware problem (bad memory).
03-29-2011 11:41 AM
03-29-2011 12:15 PM
03-29-2011 05:52 PM
Just though I'd mention, I'm using an OCZ Vertex2 240GB SSD in my x120e without a problem. I cloned the original drive before even turning on the machine for the first time, using Acronis True Image. I installed the SSD and proceeded with the setup from the factory preload of Win7.
03-29-2011 06:57 PM
I tried to replace the HDD with SSD again, the boot sequence is External DVD-ROm > SSD Drive, others are disabled. When I try to install Ubuntu from DVD or boot from LiveCD, it gives me this error:
Kernel panic - not syncing:VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block (1,0)
This is a brand new drive. Could be caused by the Thinkpad Rescue system setup on somewhere? I did create a Rescue DVD before replacing the drive.
03-31-2011 01:00 PM
Could you try booting Ubuntu from a USB key instead of the DVD drive? It sounds like the external drive isn't playing well with the x120e.
You might also try changing the UEFI boot option in the BIOS -- if it's set to Both, try UEFI only or Legacy.
03-31-2011 01:06 PM
The DVD-ROM should be fine. I was able to burn 3 Recovery DVD disks and restore them without problem.
I think something from the Recovery partition still in the BIOS. I will try your suggestion for the BIOS settings. Thanks.