Internet card and sound card not recognised on toshiba laptop
We recently had to replace the hard drive on our toshiba laptop because of coffee damage. the laptop runs fine now with the exception of the internet /ethernet card and the sound card. the laptop keeps saying that these are not installed. I would replace them and reinstall them if I knew what parts I was looking for. But I dont. I have taken the laptop apart a few times to fix it and clean the heat sink and replace other parts. But I simply do not know which parts i should replace or if there is another way to fix the internet card and sound card problem.
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Try connecting the hard drive to some other laptop and see if its getting recognized. Issue could be either with the hard drive itself of it could be with the usb port which you are using to connect the hard drive to your laptop.
The problem is not with the battery or the AC power supply ( I assume you tried pressing F8 safe mode before the loading screen appeared?)
Get into the Bios by pressing ( I think its F2 or F10) as soon as the laptop starts up (before loading screen). Check in the main page, that the laptop "sees" the hard drive. If it does not, then the hard drive has failed. (you can check this by substituting another drive and seeing if the laptop recognizes this in the Bios). See also that the DVD rom is recognised In the Boot order screen, check that the boot order is set to 1st boot DVD/CD drive and the 2nd is set to hard drive.
Using a windows install disc, boot to CD and see if windows wants to install (if the hard drive is recognised in the Bios but has an internal fault, Windows will tell you before it installs the OS)
If the drive IS recognised and windows installs ok, let it go to the 2nd repair option, where it looks for previous installations of windows and let it repair the system (your files will not be wiped)
If Windows reports that there is no HDD, then you should try a spare HDD and see if it will format and install .
At best, it sounds like the MBR has been corrupted, in which case the over the top install above should fix it, at worst, the hard drive has failed and will need replacing
Yes it does matter. XP was configured for the old Toshiba and this will only work if both Toshiba laptops are exactly the same model.
To get your new Toshiba operating, put the new hard drive with the Vista operating system back in the Toshiba laptop.
To transfer your data from the old hard drive, purchase a USB adapter hard drive case and place the old hard drive inside this case. This will then be an external USB hard drive.
Plug this USB hard drive into the new Toshiba's USB port and it will detect it as an external storage/hard drive. You can then open the various folders and files and copy the data files to your new Toshiba.
To free up disk space on this USB hard drive, delete the Windows folder, Program Files folder and other folders that are no longer needed.
Use this hard drive as a backup hard drive etc.
Sounds to me like you may have a stuck key on the keyboard if its making sounds during bootup.
Could also be a problem with the hard drive if its staying on the toshiba startup screen.
Take the hard drive out of the unit and then turn on the laptop and see if it at least gets past the toshiba screen, if it does then turn off the laptop and put the hard drive back in. Turn the laptop back on and if it hangs then you know for sure at that point that the hard drive is bad and it will need to be replaced.
If you heard one beep after another and it doesn't stop then you know the keyboard is faulty. If you heard clanking sounds then you know the hard drive is bad that way as well.