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Toshiba Tecra 8100 PC Notebook

ONE OF YOUR MERRY MEN HAS HELPED QUITE A LOT,I WILL TEL YOU MY LAPTOP HAS BEE STUCK IN THE LOFT FOR SOME TIME I GOT IT OUT POWERED IT UP IT STARTS SHOWING THE MAIN TOSHIBA SCREAN THEN GOES BLACK ASKING FOR PASSWORD I ENTER THE PASSWORD THEN IT ASKS FOR SYSTEM START DISK YOUR MERRY MEN HAVE SAID THAT THE HARD DRIVE IS WIPED OR LOCKED OUT HOW CAN I GET IT UP AND RUNNING AGAIN WITHOUT BUYING ANOTHER HARDDISK..
IVE JUST REPOWERED IT AND ITS THE SAME BUT THIS TIME ITS GONE TO WINDOWS START UP ITS TAKEN ABOUT 10MINS BUT ITS REALLY SLOW IT CANT EVEN READ ANY DISK THAT I PUT IN DVD OR MP3 OR DATA PLEASE HELP ME

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  • auntieannie2 Oct 28, 2008

    I have a similar problem, I think. I have a tecra 8100 that had windows xp on it. I kept getting error messages when trying to boot. Finally, I placed a boot disk from my old tecra 8100 ith windows 98SE on it thinking I coiuld re-install the syste. Instead, the laptop now will not access the hard disk. the screen stays dark. What did I do? I feel this is a soft ware issue but how do I go about installing a new system? I have a windows xp pro I would like to install, what can I do? Thanks, Anne

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If it can boot up windows, then the harddisk is not locked(anymore, after entering the correct password),
a slow performance of windows can be sped up by performing a harddisk defragmentation (open windows explorer, right-click onto harddisk, switch to properties,´then 'extras', perform a defragmentation for drive c:, give it time to finish)

to fix the arkward dvd/usb prob:

again open up win explorer and see if cd-rom drive is available, therefore recognized by windows at all.. if yes test-insert Original CD again, see if it can open it(does the CD/DVD-drive LED flash green several times and do you hear any noise from it?)

if not, shut down and enter BIOS while booting hitting either the Del,F1 or F2 button and look if under IDE devices the CD-is recognized by the laptop itself...
if not, set auto detecton for IDE- devices, go
through available menus until u find USB legacy support, enable as well, exit saving changes, reboot.
Again enter BIOS then change
BOOT DEVICE order sothat CD-drive is 1st,
any 3.5'' floppy drive second and harddisk 2nd or 3rd, exit saving changes again.
reboot and let windows come up again. check for cd/dvd-drive again(see procedure as described above), check if windows does recognize your usb-device(mp3 player) now.

if that does not work and during booting you get message'bad CMOS checksum error' you will have replace the CMOS button-battery on
the mainboard, for it may have gone flat...

this means disassembling the laptop
if that is the case, see a technician to work for you or come again with another query.

hope i could be of help

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