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Toshiba Tecra A7 won't start on docking station


My Tecra A7 that won't start when it is on the docking station (Toshiba Advanced Port Replicator III Plus). It hangs at the screen that says "Windows is Starting...". It starts fine when it is not docked. If I put it on the docking station once it has been started it works fine. I recently formated the HD to try to solve the problem. I blew canned air into the connections on the station and bottom of the computer. None of the pins on the computer or station appear to be bent or damaged in any way. Can you suggest any solutions? Thanks


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SOURCE: my toshiba tecra m10 won't boot when on the docking station

Hello scottgrumish - when you have the computer off the docking station, start it up, and hit F2 or F11, whichever it says to enter Setup. Enter password if any. Once in setup, you'll see a File Menu. For each Menu, push F9 (or, at bottom of screen, look for command list, and locate the command key for setting Default Settings. Starting with the first Tab on the File Menu, hit the F9 key (or the Default key indicated at the bottom) move to the next tab in the file this for each, until you reach the last. The last tab (Exit) will give you the options: Exit Without Saving Changes, Save and Exit. You want to Save and Exit. The system will then reboot from the beginning, and open windows. Run Disc Defragment which can be found from the Start Menu, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disc Defragment. When the Defragmenter Program open, it will prompt you for which Drive(s) to Defragment. Choose Drive C:\ (Hard Drive). Analyze the drive first to ensure whether it needs degragmented or not. This is just to check. Upon completion of the Analysis, regardless of the result, click the Defragment button. This may take several minutes to a couple of hours, but it is a necessary maintenance operation that should (is recommended) be completed regulary. (Scheduled Degragmentations are best). Once the defragment is complete, again restart the computer. It may seem a bit minotonous, but restarting refreshing the system. Make sure the Trash bin is empty, after the computer has reboot agian. If you know of any programs that are installed, that are not necessary for the computer, you, or any other programs to run or operate, uninstall any of these as they are merely taking space and use up CPU usage; yes even if they're closed and not being used, they take up memory and space. Consider this a type of "Spring Cleaning". If you have an anti-virus program run it as well. To uninstall the programs (if any), go to Start Menu, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disc Cleanup and use this to get rid of such programs (unused). Also, go to the Start Menu, and on the right hand side (or whereever it's located on your computer) go to Control Panel and locate 'un-install a program) Look through the list and un-install any un-necessary programs that you see in the list that you know are not needed or used. If your are not sure, leave it. NOTE: Anything that says Microsoft, Windows, (or anything that contains your computer name or brand, do not un-install). Never, uninstall any file or program with the extensions .dll, .exe, or .bat (agian, if you're not sure, leave it).

Once you have completed this (if there were any), again, restart the computer to refresh the system (it may suggest this automatically).

Now, shut down the computer, dock it, then try to open windows again. If it still does not load up windows (or your OS (operating system), I suggest contacting the dealer or manufacturer (or where you got it) and asking about they docking system and operation of the computer and it's compatibility and options.

I sincerely hope this information is helpful and helps you solve this matter. Let me know if I can further assist you. Thank you for choosing


Posted on Apr 04, 2009

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SOURCE: External monitor issues with Toshiba Advanced Port Replicator III


I have the exact same problem with a Tecra Laptop and a ViewSonic monitor - Did you manage to resolve this at all?

Thanks in advance


Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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SOURCE: toshiba pa3064u-1pcc macintosh

You have to turn on sharing on both computers first, assuming the Toshiba allows it. Your Mac does. Then you can connect it using ethernet or USB. Unless they are both connected to a network, sharing is the only way to go or if it will even work.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

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SOURCE: wireless access

my wireless card was working great, then stopped all of a sudden. If I connect to the Modem directly it works, do I need a new wireless card?

Posted on Feb 07, 2010

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SOURCE: two toshiba laptops, one less than a year old

Did you press a button (or move a slider-switch) on the WIN7 laptop, to "disable" the wireless adapter?

Can you login to the web-server "inside" the wireless router, and look at the "log-files" that the router keeps of "recent" events (such as connection-attempts from wireless devices), to see if there is any useful information in those logs?

Does the WIN7 laptop connect to _any_ wireless network (Starbucks, university, shopping mall), or does it fail ONLY when connecting to your wireless router?

Have you tried a "factory-reset" on your router, just in case that it might be the problem?

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