Screen comes up with four options to boot, hard disc is highlighted , but have tried them all, no success. Tried to boot from DVD and get message can't access swap file, hard disc light comes on and stays on.
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I see that you are having issue booting into windows on your machine and that you are getting black screen and a blinking cursor.
The issue you are experiencing can be a Hard Drive issue not being detected on the machine or possible something else is wrong with the system to be able findo ut we try doind some steps to check the machine.
>First turn the Machine OFF.
>Turn the Machine ON again then Keep on tapping F12 on your system to boot into the Boot Menu, or if it shows on the screen Press F11 Boot Menu then you should press F11 if your system uses F11 but in regular machine F12 is the Boot Menu.
>Once you have the Boot Menu Screen it should give you options from your Hard Drive to the DVD drive on your machine.
> Select you Hard Drive it should be the first on the list highlighted in Blue then press Enter on it to boot into your Hard Drive.
>Check if this will boot into your Hard Drive if it does not then, possible your Hard Drive is nto detected.
>If you can try to reseat your Hard Drvie from the machine just to see if it went loose, then try restarting the system again and see if it will boot into windows.
>If still the system will still not boot into windows then try setting the BIOS to defaults then restart the machine agian if still the issue is the same then most probably your Hard drive may need replacing.
If you insert your Vista or Win7 disc into the DVD drive and boot form that, make sure that the BIOS is set to recognise the hard disc. The OS disc will do the rest. If it cannot find the hard disc, maybe the hard disc is faulty. When you are successful, go to toshiba.com and download the latest drivers and firmware for the BIOS. Hope that helps.
Blinking ? mark folder means that your OS can't be found. Take out your RAM underneath the keyboard and re-insert and try again. Nothing? Install a different new RAM chip and try again. Nothing? Install your disc 1 install disc, power down, wait a few seconds, now press the power button to turn on, now press and hold the option button, until your disc 1 shows up, select it, and bring your pointer to the right arrow on the screen and press enter. Now your booting from the disc 1. Go to disc utility folder at the top of the screen and select your hard drive and then select repair disc permissions. Then shut down and reboot when finished. Nothing? Your hard drive is fu.k.d-Try re-installing the OS. Nothing? Your hard drive is really fu.k.d-You need a new hard drive. Installing a new hard drive in the iBook is a *****. You may want to pay someone to install a hard drive or you can just get a new laptop.
Shut down the laptop, make sure that no light is lit up. Before booting it back up, press and hold the F12 button. It will lead you to boot options. Open up your DVD drive and insert Disc 1 of recovery then make sure you select the ODD or the dvd drive to boot up. This will start the recovery process.
Other models has Icons for boot options. Make sure you select the single disc option to boot the ODD.
Insert your Mac OS disc and start your laptop with the c key held down. It will launch the system on the disc instead of your computer. Once it reaches the desktop, you can choose "Disk Utiltiies" from the menu bar and run a disc repair on your hard drive to fix any damaged OS file... then restart without the OS disc.
There are two ways to reset your Toshiba Laptop to factory settings.
First is using Recovery Media Disc and the second is the hidden partition on your hard drive.
If you're going to use Recovery Media Disc follow these steps:
If you have two or more recovery media disc try to insert first the disc that has a label of 1 of 2 or 1 of 3. Then turn of your laptop.
Make sure that the disc is inside. After that try to find the letter "C" key on your keyboard. Now turn on your laptop and keep tapping the letter "C" key. If you have successfully accessed the Boot Menu choose Toshiba Recovery Wizard.
After choosing the Toshiba Recovery Wizard there will be a big warning screen that will appear choose the option yes and after that you will have a series of option. Remember to choose always the first option after the big warning screen appears.
That's it. You will have a message that the Windows is initializing files. That process will take 1-2 hours for it to finish.
Hidden Partition on the Hard Drive.
Turn on the laptop and as soon as the laptop turns on press and hold down the number 0 key (the number 0 it should be on the top of the keyboard beside the number 9 key) keep 0 pressed until Toshiba leading innovation appears. Usually you will have a beeping sound when you are trying to access the System Recovery of the Hard Drive. That's an indication that you have successfully accessed the Systrem Recovery of the laptop. Wait for the screen that say Windows is loading files. After that you will see a big warning screen the choose yes and Choose 1st option always. Cx able to initialize the partition. Disconnect cables and turn off the wireless switch. Recovery would take 1-2 hours for it to finish.
yes it could be, the best way is to get a new hard drive and new installation using your recovery discs. take the old hard drive to a repair shop to recover data or buy a hard drive reader for laptops.