I have a Toshiba satilite, about 5 years old that kept cutting off, so I both a OEM XP disk, and tried reinstalling windows. It won't let me get through the installation before cutting off. I plug it up and tried just with battery, sit still happens. I bought a HP that just recently cuts off before it boots. Tested the battery and plug, but still cuts off before booting. What is my problem or what should I change?
Hi I think your problem is with the battery ac/power voltage. Make sure of the right voltage for your Laptops is selected on the Ac/power device you are using. In other simple words, the high voltage causes the laptop to cut off as yours, and the soloution is that you try adjusting the voltage into a lower voltage. I hope this works!
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The issue is that the PC's from Dell, HP, Gateway, etc all have what's called OEM licenses. If you look around on the PC/Laptop, you should find a Windows sticker that says exactly what is to be loaded onto it (Windows XP Service Pack 2, for example). Sometimes the manufacturer will make a partition to load the install to on the hard drive - so the first thing to check is if there is 'boot options' key on startup - see if you have a recovery console or a factory settings area. If you where to try and install a copy that doesn't match, it will fail outright. If you install it to another PC and image it over - it will need you to repair it, and won't let you do that without the proper disc. Your best bet might be to look on eBay or on the manufacturers site for a match for the OEM sticker - "Dell OEM Windows XP Home SP2" for example. Hope that helps.
Chances are when you reinstall Windows Xp you will lose your data.
You can recover your data by removing the hard drive from your laptop and plug it into an USB hard drive adapter and connect this to a working computer's USB port. This computer will see this as a external hard drive and you will see the various folders and files.
Copy and or burn your data folders and files to a CD.
Then put the hard drive back into your Fujitsu reinstall Windows XP.
If you just reinstalled xp and used a OEM disk to do it instead of the restore disk that came with the laptop Microsoft WILL NOT accept it as a genuine copy if windows since you "stole it" since you did not use the branded version of windows that came with your laptop. They changed this policy a couple of years back and is a major pain.
If thats what you did you will need to buy a restore disk from the manufacturers website.
That model Toshiba does not come with a recovery CD, does not have a restore partition, and does not allow you to creat a recovery disc when working normally, so unfortunatly you have 2 choices.
1. Call Toshiba and try to get them to mail you a recovery disk, if they have any they will likely charge you for the disk + shipping.
2. Reinstall windows manually using a clean install, you can use any OEM windows disk as long as it is the same version as your windows product key on the bottom of the laptop (i.e XP Home/XP PRO/ XP MCE/ or VISTA - all vista disks are basically the same and have all 3 versions on them)
Make sure you have backups of the drivers for your network adapter and other hardware before doing a clean install.
It sounds like you have an OEM disk of Windows XP from the manufacturer which will not always run as a recovery disk in these situations.
You have two main options; -
If you are still under warranty for the laptop call the manufacturer explan the problem and ask them to send you a working non-OEM copy of the OS/ recovery disk
Borrow a copy of a genuine Windows disk (same version of the OS, e.g. if it is Windows XP Home) and use it to access the Recovery console to run the repair option. Then of course return the disk to your friend.