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Nvidia boot agent problem
« on: 23-October-04, 19:54:01 »

After building the PC, on the initial boot process everything looks fine until I reached the NVIDIA boot agent.
After it blanks the screen, it says:
"NVIDIA boot agent 201.0440
After 10 to 15seg its shows the following message:
PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: exiting nvidia boot agent

It doesn't matter if I connect 1 or non HD, CD-ROM drive, or any combination: it’s always the same message.
If the CD-rom is connected, a "boot from CD:" message appears right before the Nvidia boot agent 201.0440 message. But the Boot Agent ends in the same way.
It seems to be a problem in the boot agent, not in connections (cables).
The hard disk is empty. I haven't been able to run the windows XP CD.
I tried with and old floppy (W98 emergency disk) but it's the same. It doesn’t seem to read the floppy, or the WXP CD.

I've cleared the CMOS. I've checked every cable I know. Don't know what else to check.

I don't see any information on Nvidia boot agent in the MSI webpage.

Any commend is welcome



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« Reply #1 on: 23-October-04, 20:01:10 »
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  • What have you got for your boot order, and boot priority ? two different settings in the bios, the boot priority is especially important and doesn't work how it should, ensure that your CD is at the top of the boot priority and is in the boot order.
    I think if you hit F11 on boot it comes up with a separate boot priority list, select CD from that and it should boot from CD and enable you to install XP to your HD..

    Just a guess.
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    « Reply #2 on: 23-October-04, 23:25:50 »

    The problem is the BIOS doesn't find your boot drive so it goes donwards in the order you set in the BIOS as a boot source.

    First check how that order is set and set 1 Boot Device as Hard Disk.

    If that doesn't do the trick start looking for reasons you HDD isn't working (like power plug,IDE or SATA cables e.t.c)

    Good luck  :biggthumbsup:


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    « Reply #3 on: 30-October-04, 13:51:01 »

    I had the same problem

    The hard drive May not have been fromatted

    Test it on a Win 98 Boot Floppy
    Get  it from
    select WIN98 SE OEM

    I thought I had XP on my drive, but when I downloaded a WIN 98 Boot Disk, there was no Drive C: so it became the RAM drive.

    I booted from a Win XP professional CD, and it looks to be working.
    Formatting as NTFS 1 Partition

    Only problem is I wanted it to be a WIN 98 PC.

    Ah well....

    If I dont update this within 2 hours, you can assume that the NVIDIA Boot Agent means  the HDD is not formatted.

    The odd thing is I tried to format the drive with a Western Digital Floppy & it did not want to know. :bonk:


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    « Reply #4 on: 30-October-04, 14:08:11 »

    thanks all, My problem was a wrong order in the boot process, and a non-booteable windows XP copy. too many mistakes...

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