Laptop will not start up
Toshiba Satellite A215-S7472
Upon first power up, the unit boots up yet, the screen does not turn on. Disconecting the battery and leaving it out you must repetwedly unplug and ruplug the unit in power up and wait for screen power. All is fine untill windows tries to reboot for updates. shut down requires the process to be repeated. I downloaded new drivers for the display to no avail.
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Re: toshiba laptop will not startup
Without being about to do a HANDS on inspection of the laptop, it could have a couple of possible problems.
Here is my Best guess as to the probable cause. You have a loose/damaged connection on the Display screen. More than likely the power supply line to it. When it reboots it cools enough to pull away from its connection. Then gives you trouble rebooting until you apply and remove power several times. Why this is working by my theory is that each time you apply power it is sparking in that loose connection and slowly warming it back up until it finally connects again. Then all is fine until you reboot again and start the process all over.
This is a theory and I Can NOT guarantee that this is the problem. If it is. Then unless you are experienced at dealing with small electronics and high voltage. I would strongly recommend having it looked at by an experienced technician.
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Your laptop uses an Intel chip for the video, with the option of an NVidia chip. If you took the option then the diagnostic is correct - the NVidia chips of that generation were notorious for overheating and failing. If you have the standard unit (no options) then it's wrong. You need to find out if the laptop actually starts: listen to the hard disk, if you hear it spinning while the boot takes place then the defect is somewhere in the video section. In that case connect an external monitor (a tv) and see if you get something - if you don't then the defect is in the graphics chip and the repair (if possible) would be about what he said. If you see then it's in the screen and it will cost you less than $100 to fix (unless you broke the screen). And no, you can't fix it yourself, the graphics chip is soldered on the motherboard. If you don't hear the disk then the motherboard has failed and to replace it will cost you about $250.
Probably a driver issue. Try Windows Update and select custom. Maybe there is an updated driver available, or there could be a driver conflict (wrong driver installed). At worst, it could be an issue with your screen itself or possibly even the motherboard. But I doubt it. If you can't find anything there, try http://www.toshiba.com
To install Windows XP, you will need copy of the CD or a Recovery disk that comes with laptop at the time of purchase.
It can take approx. 1hour more or less depending on the amount of memory and cpu on your system. First put in your CD into the drive and restart computer. If the CD doesn't boot you will need to restart computer and when the computer starts up, press the F12 key and then select the CD/DVD option to load from the cd. Once you have done that the system will go to boot from cd, it will say press any key to boot from CD. Then press any key on laptop. Follow on screen instructions as you wait to get to next step. You will get an option to recover system or to put full new version. Now if you have XP and you want to keep you files, you can choose to install without formatting and keep all your saved files. If not you can delete the partition and reset a new one and format drive NTFS. Then system will start intsalling. Keep an eye on it while you wait as it will stop with questions needed to fill out to move on with installation Good Luck. Go on LIVE Chat to get one of our Consultants to help you if you get stuck, or not confident in doing this.
Here is the link to your laptop for drivers, just copy the entire lot by highlighting the address and press and hold CRTL key and press c. This will copy the address to clipboard, and to paste it into your web browser right click on the search bar right up the top and select paste. Then press enter.