Need diagnostics disk (floppy image) referenced in service manual
Toshiba's site doesn't seem to offer the diagnostics disk for download, although they make copious references to it in the maintenance manual.
Also, a wiring diagram for the PCMCIA "wraparound card" (loopback tester) would be extremely helpful. I'm capable of wiring my own if given the appropriate data.
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Microsoft Windows 95 employs the use of a bootable floppy disk to begin the installation of the Windows 95 operating system or to troubleshoot problems with the system. Microsoft Windows 95 uses the MS-DOS system to boot the computer first and then loads the Windows 95 operating system onto the machine. Windows 95 Boot Disks may be created in one of two ways: The Startup disk may be created from within Windows or a boot disk may be created from a free downloaded boot disk image. After the boot disk is created the disk may be used to boot the computer and install or troubleshoot Windows 95.
Click "Start" and then click "Settings" in Windows 95. Click the "Control Panel" option. Click "Add and Remove Programs." Click "Startup Disk" and then click "Create." Insert the blank floppy disk into the disk drive. Click "OK." The operating system will create the Windows 95 boot disk. Click "OK" when the disk is finished. Create the Windows 95 Boot Disk using Downloaded Boot Disk Image Open a Web browser and navigate to the boot disk image site (See "Below"). http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm Download the Windows 95 boot disk image and save the .EXE file to the desktop. Click the .EXE file to unzip the enclosed files. The formatting application will start. Insert the blank floppy disk into the disk drive and click "OK." The Windows 95 boot image will be created on the blank floppy disk. Use the Windows 95 Boot Disk Insert the Windows 95 boot up disk into the computer's floppy disk drive. Power the computer down by clicking "Start" and then clicking "Shutdown." Power on the computer with the Windows 95 boot disk in the floppy disk drive. The computer will boot up into MS-DOS to enable installation or troubleshooting of Windows 95.
You should check the Toshiba WEB site for instructions to how to upgrade (flash) your BIOS, if you make a mistake you may not be able to repair or recover from your mistake.
I have done BIOS upgrades on a few computers. If your Toshiba has a floppy drive and you can boot up from this floppy drive then the BIOS upgrade needs to be downloaded to a boot floppy. Then boot up from this floppy and run the BIOS upgrade program. When completed, remove the floppy disk and boot up your laptop.
YOU MUST CHECK THE TOSHIBA WEB SITE AS THESE INSTRUCTION MAY NOT BE APPLICABLE FOR YOUR TOSHIBA LAPTOP.
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor (v080526 - May 2008)
Petter Nordahl-Hagen has written a Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista offline password editor: http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/
This is a utility to (re)set the password of any user that has a
valid (local) account on your Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista system, by
modifying the encrypted password in the registry's SAM file.
You do not need to know the old password to set a new one.
It works offline, that is, you have to shutdown your computer and
boot off a floppy disk or CD. The boot-disk includes stuff to access
NTFS partitions and scripts to glue the whole thing together.
Works with syskey (no need to turn it off, but you can if you have lost the key)
Will detect and offer to unlock locked or disabled out user accounts!
Caution: If used on users that have EFS encrypted
files, and the system is XP or later service packs on W2K, all encrypted
files for that user will be UNREADABLE! and cannot be recovered unless
you remember the old password again! Download links:
To write these images to a floppy disk you'll need RawWrite2 which is
included in the Bootdisk image download. To create the CD you just need
to use your favorite CD burning program and burn the .ISO file to CD.
You can slipstream the storage controller drivers from the floppy disk image you download from Acer's web site into an ISO image of the Windows XP installation CD using a program like nLite. You
can then burn the slipstream ISO image into a CD & use it to boot
& install Windows XP without the need to use the floppy disk.
You can download nLite at the following link: http://www.nliteos.com/download.html After downloading the installer, install the program & start using it.
The following link describes how to use nLite to slipstraem the SATA drivers into the Windows XP installation CD: http://maxeasyguide.blogspot.com/2008/04/preparations-for-winxp-installation-cd.html I
tried this myself, & it worked without problems. I now no longer
need to use the floppy drive when installing Windows XP on my system.
You have a bad floppy drive. In this system you almost have to gut it to replace the floppy drive, although used floppy drives should be pretty cheap on eBay. If this is a one-time thing, a USB floppy drive should do the job just as well.
Sounds like your BIOS corrupted and you need to re-image.
Should have been a bootable floppy that came with the board. Boot on that and follow on screen instructions.
Don't have the floppy? Use the machine you used to post this problem and Google your brand, model number, drivers. Download the BIOS image routine from the site, run program you download, have a formatted blank floppy ready, insert floppy as instructed, follow on screen instructions, Re boot from floppy you just made.
Petter Nordahl-Hagen's Offline NT Password & Registry Editor This is absolutely one of the best free tools to reset the administrator password and gain access that I have ever used. It modifies the encrypted password in the registry's SAM file allowing you access to the account in Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista systems.
There is an image file to create a bootable floppy disk or bootable CD to modify the admin password and access NTFS partitions. You do not need to know the old password to set a new one. It will also offer to unlock disabled or locked user accounts (a very helpful feature). The program was just updated on April 9, 2007 to include Vista support.
Please visit the site by clicking on the link below to download a CD image or floppy image of this great program.
Another option is to decrypt the password and show you the actual administrator password. A great site for doing this is loginrecovery.com. Basically, you download a small program to extract the password from the computer, then you submit the encrypted password file to their site and they will recover the lost password. Of course, you need a computer with Internet access to upload the file and find the password.
With this option, the administrator password is not changed so you wont lose access to EFS encrypted files. Visit their site by clicking below
Although there are probably other options to recover an administrator password, I find the two option shown above to be the quickest and easiest ways to either change or discover the password and allow you access to the user profile and data stored on the hard drive.