Cant do anything, I turn it on, get windows screen, next says windows restarting
It willl do it over and over again, and the graphics on the screen isnt correct. On start up I pressed the esc. button to go to set up (cmos) and I only got a message( with letters in the wrong place, could barely make out what it was really saying) press F1 to set default. And I did.....no help. Read from Toshibas website to press the Zero key on start up to bring up the toshiba recovery console.....didnt happen. Did start up press F8, chose most recent that windows started.....nothing. then tried the recovery menu from same list.....nothing. tried safe mode.....nothing........when i say nothing i mean windows screen followed by windows is restarting. Put in an XP disk pressed C on startup (from toshibas website) didnt recognise disk i guess because it did nothing. I put in a tools cd and it read it , opened it and i tried everything i could but nothing helped, and all the letters were messed up, could hardly read what it was saying, all garbled.......Does any of this sound like something you have experienced or know how to correct and fix??? I pulled out the hard drive, plugged it into an external usb drive 2.0 high speed (removed the one already in it,80 gigs, the toshiba is 60 gigs) then plugged it into my tower and i could access the hard drive. But only 3 files listed when i opened it, owner file, guest file and windows file with all the usual window file present as far as i could tell. Come on you must have a theory? Something for me to try/ Maybe a couple of questions i didnt cover in this novel. Help me if you can. My opinion...Toshiba sucks!!
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With the hard drive removed power up the system and enter the CMOS setup utility. Make sure that it is working properly. If not then get an external monitor and plug it into the VGA port on your laptop. (should be D-shaped with 15 holes for pins). Install the hard drive before doing this, and you may need to press a function key (usually labeled with fn in a little box [probably betweeen the ctrl key and the windows or alt key]) and one of the buttons that is in the F1-F12 row. It may have a picture of a monitor on it. Press these two buttons at the same time if your external monitor does not automatically show the screen. I know that this may not necessarily be a display problem, but if you are having problems with jumbled characters on the screen it is a good idea to use a monitor that will properly show your display. Next insert the XP install disk and do not press any keys. Let the computer boot off of the cd, only press a key if the computer tells you to in order to boot from the cd. If it successfully boots from the cd (and if the hard drive is installed), you may have to completely reinstall windows. It will ask if you want to delete the current partition. Do it. Make sure you have the Windows XP key for your computer, as it will ask for one to reinstall windows xp (unless it is a recovery disk). Make sure before reinstalling windows that you use your other comptuer to pull any data off the hard drive that you may need! Completely reinstall windows and see if this works. There are several different things this problem could actually be. It may be your graphics that is messed up, but I kinda doubt that that is the only problem, but it may be one problem on your machine. It could also be that your motherboard is messed up and needs to be replaced. The hard drive might be alright, or it might not.
I hope this helps, if not please let me know, and let me know what steps you have performed so that we can narrow it down. Also if you get any error messages please post those as well so that we can further help you discover the problem. I know its a real bummer to have these problems with your computer, and If I think of any other possible issues I will let you know.
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Does the power button flash when there is a black screen? Could be that the laptop is in hibernation mode. Go to the tray icons next to the clock, click the battery symbol, more power options, and change the settings of "turn off display" and "put the computer to sleep" to "never". Usually to get the computer out of sleep mode, you just click the power button to turn it on again. Hope this helps.
the game resolution is not supported by your monitor....this is the reason your screen goes blank....
by the next time if the screen goes blank,
press alt+ctrl+del together and check are you able to see the task manager....
if you can see the task manager, then close the game from that window by selecting end task....
if you cant see the task manager, then press ctrl+alt+del together 2 times and check....
if nothing works, then try by checking with any HD monitors if available with you or with your friends...
It looks like your graphics card changes the screen resolutions and/or refresh-rate to something beyond your monitor's capabilities.
After installing the drivers and the screen goes black, restart you're computer and press F8 to get the Windows advanced menu boot and choose "Enable VGA Mode".
When booted into Windows, right click on the desktop and select "properties", select the tab "Settings" and pick a really low resolution like "1024x768" and press the "Apply" button (but don't reboot yet when asked to). Next press the "Advanced" button, then select the tab "monitor" and change the monitor resolution to "default" or 60Hz.
Now restart your system and see wether Windows will boot normally. If so, you can change the resolution and refresh-rate back to you preferred values. Whenever you pick a too high resolution or refreshrate the screen will turn black again, but don't worry, don't press anything and just wait 15s, after which Windows will roll back to the previous setting ...
Did you install any new software/drivers? Do you have properly updated Anti Viru installed? Sometimes misbehaving drivers force windows to restart again and again.
(Presumming that you are using Windows)
Try to start the computer in "safe mode" by constantly pressing F8 while start up. Next screen will show the options available for starting the computer.
OPTION 1:Choose "safe mode" from the option. Please wait for a while it takes some time. Once there please use the "system restore" option when dialog box appears asking for you to choose the next action.
OPTION 2: you can follow a longer process if you want to know which driver is actually malfunctioning. Choose "continue with safe mode" and type "msconfig" (do not include quotes) a new window will apear, go to "start up" TAB and uncheck all the items shown there. And resart the system normally.Now, go to run again and type "msconfig" go to "start up" TAB and check one item from there and click "ok" and restart your system. Do this untill you find the malfunctioning Driver, once you get hold of the culprit (note down the name) and restart the system once again in "safe mode" and when you reach the "start up" TAB under MSCONFIG, uncheck the specific driver and restart. Your System should work fine.
If this does not solve your issue, you will need the Windows installation disc to repair you windows instalation.
Most likely problem is a physical problem with the hard drive, but could be plenty of other things. Best bet is to back up your information (if possible) and do a fresh windows install, if you continue to get the message after a clean windows install, your hard drive is not stable, and has a problem.
Remove and reinsert the dimms reseat the video card also put everything back and try agailn If this dont work reseat the cpu and repeat steps above
If the above fails to fix
If it will boot into safe mode and use the standard vga as you did before and restart and try to reinstall the drivers You are sure you installed the rilght drivers for your OS It may be that the card is not compatible wilth your mobo.Try checking compatability list for your OD
It could be the graphics, but it is a process of illimination as always.
When you boot your pc keep pressing F8 and see if it will boot into safe mode.
When in safe mode select 'Last known good configuration' as this may cure the problem.
If that doesn't work boot into safe mode again, but this time select start windows in safe mode, if this works ok then it maybe a driver problem, probably either the wireless card or graphics, try uninstalling the graphics driver first in add/remove programmes.
Restart the pc and windows should find it again and install the driver, if on the next restart the problem returns then it is the graphics driver so download a later version from the acer web site.