I have a Toshiba Satellite M45-S269, it powers on but goes completely black. I know to try and reboot it with the recovery disk that came with the computer , but about a week before that happened my computer stopped recognising my cd drive. I need to know is there a way for me to boot it from an external cd rom drive?
I went into my system bios and switched the booting priority to cd-rom first but that didnt work. As far as usb foes I only have an option for usb kb/mouse emulate and usb-fdd.
Am I just screwed?
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Booting to an external USB drive depends on your BIOS but as far as your monitor goes have you tried plugging an external monitor into the vga port in back yet? It may be that your backlight is non-functional and an external monitor will give you the work-around you need.
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To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc ora operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot fromit. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with whiteletters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice thepercentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run tocompletion. Then reboot machine.
If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows.Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents,music, pictures, videos or programs.
In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair whenthe options appear.
In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recoveryconsole and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.------------------------------------------------------ If check disk does not solve the problem then you'll have to reinstall your operating system.
First - re-seat the harddisk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot andgo into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If itdoesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.Then the hard drive needsto be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer orlaptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioningcomputer/laptop again.
The laptop should have a hidden recovery partition on it to return it back to factory settings. Make sure the laptop is switched off and then press and hold the 0 (zero) key on your keyboard and then press
the computers power switch. When the computer turns on, the Toshiba HDD
Recovery Utility screen will appear.
If there is no recovery partition then to get it to boot from the CD/DVD drive repeatedly press the F12 key as you start the laptop up.
If you are speaking for your laptop, double click my computer and see if you have a D drive, most newer computers have a partition on the hard drive that has the recovery feature installed on the D drive. You would need to boot in the SAFE mode if possible and go to the D drive and run setup.exe. If this is not possible, you will have to purchase a new operating system CD and probably have to download drivers from Toshiba for your laptop. Good Luck - BPCS