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Toshiba A105-S101 freezes at start up!

I have a Toshiba A105. When I turn the computer on, the computer powers up, fans come on, DVD drive reads, then it freezes, before the red Toshiba logo comes on. The only way to get it to boot up is to hold the power button in, and repeate the process, untill it boots all the way to the red logo, then on to windows. This might take 40 to 50 times, but it will eventually boot, and work fine. I took it to a shop, and they blew me off, and said the mother board was shot. I don't understand, that it's shot, when it works fine, after you get it to boot all the way. Any help would be great! Thanks...

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  • SRabatin398 Jan 06, 2009

    Thanks Smithbrother,
    I already reinstalled the software from my cd, and I have the newest Bios upgrade from the Toshiba page, and I still have the same problem. I wonder if thr chip that the bios is saved on could be bad? I wouldn't know how to change that anyway. Like I said, If I keep powering on and off, it will finally boot, and work fine.

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I would first attempt to reinstall the software from the install cd. Your Toshiba support page is recomending a new BIOS upgrade. See below:
http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/modelContent.jsp?ct=DL&os=&category=&moid=1209144&rpn=PSAA2U&modelFilter=A105-S101&selCategory=3&selFamily=1073768663&selModel=1209144|PSAA2U

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