Error message on start up.


Can anyone help please?

I have just turned my computer on and have a black screen witht the following message on it:

Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 082)
Copyright (C) 1997–2000 Intel Corporation

For Realtek RTL8101E/8102E PCI-Ethernet Controller v1.09 (080602)
PXE-E61: Medis test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM
No bootable device – insert boot disk and press any key

The computer was working all ok yesterday it is an aspire one running peppermint three software.

Many Thanks


Have a look at this link , may be helpful for you.
Hope this gives you some ideas.


Hi Degsy

I have done that and it now comes up with a black sceen to say:

Enviroment block too small press any key to continue…



Sorry, beyond me, but don’t worry the gurus on here will help sort you out. I don’t think that there is a problem that Mark and the rest can’t sort.
Good luck,


I wouldn’t hold your breath for a fix on this one … sounds to me like your SSD is finally failing.

But there are some things we can try, and at this point I could still be wrong.

Have you still got a Peppermint 3 LiveUSB stick ?

Do you know how to get to the GRUB boot menu (by holding Shift emmediately after turning on your PC) ?

I’m putting this link here for my future reference:

Hi Mark

I still have everything that you advised me to get when I first set it up yes. I am a beginner but am willing to give anything a try.

How is the best way to do it?

Thanks for your response.



Boot to the Peppermint 3 LiveUSB

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T)


sudo fdisk -l

and post the output back here.

[sudo] password for roy:

Disk /dev/sda: 8069 MB, 8069677056 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 981 cylinders, total 15761088 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000e555c

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2048 14737407 7367680 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 14739454 15759359 509953 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 14739456 15759359 509952 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 15.7 GB, 15716057088 bytes
61 heads, 61 sectors/track, 8249 cylinders, total 30695424 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc3072e18

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 8064 30695423 15343680 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 32.1 GB, 32090619904 bytes
4 heads, 16 sectors/track, 979328 cylinders, total 62676992 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

    Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System

Whats the output from:

sudo df -h

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 7.1G 3.5G 3.3G 52% /
udev 235M 4.0K 235M 1% /dev
tmpfs 97M 836K 96M 1% /run
none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
none 242M 208K 242M 1% /run/shm
/dev/mmcblk0 30G 1.8G 29G 7% /media/DVR
/dev/sdb1 15G 5.1G 9.6G 35% /media/PENDRIVE

OK, REBOOT to the LiveUSB (this reboot is important), and when rebooted do NOTHING other than open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run these commands in sequence:

sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt


for i in /dev /dev/pts /proc /sys /run; do sudo mount -B $i /mnt$i; done


sudo chroot /mnt


grub-install --recheck /dev/sda



then hit Ctrl+D to exit the chroot environment


sudo shutdown -P now

When the system shuts down … remove the LiveUSB, and then see if the system will boot normally.

Let me know one way or the other, as if this doesn’t work there’s something else we can try.


When i switch on and hold shift with the usb in with the original usb install you gave me instructions to download there are 4 options:

peppermint, with linux 3.2.0-23generic
peppermint, with linux 3.2.0-23generic (recovery mode)
memory test (memtest86+)
memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)

Which 1 should i use please

NON … reboot to the LiveUSB stick … then follow the instructions above.

Unless you’ve already done the instructions above … in which case, just accept the default (top one).


Oh, I see, you’re having problems booting the LiveUSB :slight_smile:

Don’t hold shift … when you turn on the Aspire One, as soon as you see the “Acer Empowering People” screen, hit F12

Then use the arrow keys to select the USB stick as the boot device, and hit enter.

See the EDIT in my last response.


Yet again what can I say?!!! Fantastic job it is all working sweet as a nut again. Brilliant.

Is there a programme like CC Cleaner like on my hompe PC to keep it all clean and speedy.

Cheers all

Thanks again


No problem :slight_smile:

There is bleachbit, but to tell the truth I’d probably not advise it … Linux will keep itself pretty clean anyway

I mean there’s no registry, and temporary files should get deleted on shutdown … of course there are things like the browser cache, but I seee little point in clearing those unless there’s something specific you want to get rid of, in which case why not just do it from withing the browser settings.