I have the Toshiba P25 S526, I'm trying to use my external dvd drive to be use as the first boot device for reformatting my system, I updated the BIOS 2.10V (I think it is) but it doesn't detect the drive and actually the screen freezes on booting and I have to disconnect the drive only then it will continue to boot up, can you advise???
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Re: USB devices not detected
Go to the bios and check the boot device order, if the option for usb boot is there makes it first, ortherwise make cd/dvd as your first boot device, ........... enable all the usb options available on your bios
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Computer starts normally in windows with a windows that is installed on a hard disk on that copmuter. In other words - windows is installed on an internal hard disk of a computer A. If you get it out and put in a computer B it wont work.
To have the things work:
1. First should set in BIOS boot up options first boot device CD/DVD, second OTHER/USB/EXTERNAL, third HDD
2. Should boot up from a CD and install windows on an external hard disk (in your case your 3TB Toshiba external HD)
3. Set in BIOS boot up options first boot device OTHER/USB/EXTERNAL, second internal hard disk e.g. HDD0, HDD1
sure it has power (ejects). Check Device Manager in Safe Mode by pressing F8
during boot. Right click My Computer > Manage. Select Device Manager >
View > Show Hidden Devices. Now delete all DVD/CD-ROMs and reboot. Windows
will say "New Hardware Found" and install.
BIOS by pressing F key (correct F key is noted during boot) and make sure
BIOS see's the Optical Drive.
“Hi, “To “Enable” the Pointer Device using the Touch-Pad, go to, Control Panel, click (“Mouse”) in the "Hardware and Sound” category; go to, “Device Settings” in the (Devices) block. II.“Highlight”; the item you want to (enable) this being the “Pointer Device.” Click the (Enable) button, just below. Be sure to (Click) on the “Apply” button, and click OK.” III.You may need to “Update Drivers?” Click on “Hardware, click “Properties,” click, onDriver, "Update Drivers, click Apply and (OK). Note: Restarting the computer will configure system changes. "Rating the solution is your way of letting me know if it (helped or not), thanks."
To ensure the CD/DVD is clean please try booting from a known working PC, from what you are describing it may not be your CD drive
If the same thing happnes on another PC then it is the CD/DVD that is faulty, however if it works, then you can try to hook up a external drive, the laptop may defualt to it after trying all the other options i.e. CD rom drive, HDD etc
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For any drivers not automatically installed with Windows 7 running Windows Update should detect most all of them. You should make sure to select all updates, including optional updates (not the language packs). The optional updates may include hardware updates which will ensure your hardware is using the best and most current software possible. If this does not detect everything, I would recommend going to the toshiba support website and downloading the remainder of the drivers from there. You should also make sure your laptop is compatible with Windows 7 by checking out Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
The system cannot find your hard drive so it is trying to boot from the next device which is thinks is a network drive. Check the attachment of the hard drive, sometimes they can come loose from the interface. Remove the hard drive and place it back. If the machine still cannot read the drive, try another hard drive to see if the drive is the problem or is it a problem with the interface. Make sure to remove any discs from the cd/dvd players and make sure no usb network adapters are in it while booting. Check the boot order again.
You will have to change the setting in Bios to boot from hard drive this can be done by pressing F2 during boot up and going to boot order and change the usb from first in boot order to hard drive first in boot order.
On the Phoenix BIOS:
Go to "Advanced BIOS Features". Go to the "1st Boot device" and set it to "USB-ZIP".
(Phoenix BIOS, Revision 6. you need to go to the Boot Order screen and select "Harddisk" and hit enter, giving you a list of IDE hard drives this BIOS prefers to call a USB device an IDE harddrive)