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Toshiba won't boot

My Toshiba Tecra A8 PTA83A-04F012 won't boot. When I boot my machine, I get the normal Toshiba splash screen, then the screen goes blank with a blinking cursor in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Apart from the CPU fan kicking in, nothing else happens. I've tried to boot from an alternative device (eg CD-ROM), but the same problem happens. I've even tried to get into the bios (setup) but it ignores my requests. The keyboard seems to work OK. Please help.

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 You can boot from XP cd.
When [R] this will launch recovery console.
Choose your windows installation (typically by pressing [1] press return..
When prompted for password type chkdsk /r
Press return..Windows will fix errors..type Exit and press return..
Let me know if that helps.

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

  • Joe Zappa Mar 07, 2012

    This won't even boot from the cd-rom it just goes to the blank screen wanting me to enter a password. What do I do?



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