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Replaced hard drive now...

I had a problem with my old hd being bad so I replaced it myself and now I am unable to install windows. I boot the computer up from the cd just fine and it starts loading up drivers and such but then it hits "Setup is Starting Windows" and suddenly the computer just hangs and nothing goes on from there. I've tried 2 different windows cd's so I don't know what's up. Plz help.

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Re: Replaced hard drive now...

Problems like this for me often wind up being damaged processors or motherboards. If your laptop was severely overheated you could very well have stressed/damaged the processor or other discrete component on the system board. The only way to really isolate that kind of issue is to start replacing components with know good ones or take it to the local Toshiba shop. Another thing to try is booting to the Windows install CD and just letting it sit at one of the initial screens. When it locks up touch the bottom of the laptop (sample the entire bottom) with your palm. If the temperature is hot enough to make it unpleasant to the touch you may have a heat problem. If that?s the case the small cooling fan should be on at that point as well.

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Re: Replaced hard drive now...

Check for Heat issues. Check the HDD, RAM and CPU Temperatures. Something might be causing an issue.

Posted on Apr 04, 2007

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Then the hard drive needs to be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer or laptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioning computer/laptop again.

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It probably has found your new HD, you need watch the screen as you attempt to boot. Failing that enter the bios (usually " hit DEL to enter setup" appears on the screen. Don't change anything but just check to see if the bios has detected a hard drive.

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is it an upto date laptop ?
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Its a ata / ide type of connector. one of these will do:|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A1205|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

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If you have replaced the HD - this drive will be completely blank.
Your computer needs an operating system installed.
If you got a system restore CD/DVD with your computer - this is a good time to insert it and follow the onscreen instructions.

Alternatively if you have a windows install disk then this is a good time to install it.

Its also likely that everything on the old hard disk has been lost.

However - At a later date you could try and add it as a Slave disk to see if you can recover your documents etc once you have your machine up and running on the new disk.

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