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Toshiba A105-s4034 My laptop stopped working about 5 months ago. I tried to restore the computer but found out i had lost the second recovery disc. I bought replacement discs from toshiba but it keeps telling me - check media cable. when i tried running the recovery disc from my external dvd drive it says wrong machine. I have bought 2 sets of recovery discs and both don't work but the original set that is missing the second disc works. I have changed my boot settings so my HDD is first, disabled my lan so it cannot boot from the network. Removed my HDD and put it back in and still it doesn't work. I'm at a loss here i've done countless reserach and tested this computer for so many errors and still can't fix it. If anyone knows the answer please let me know a.s.a.p.

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  • beowulf3069 Feb 11, 2009

    just want my system back have no data to loose.

  • beowulf3069 Feb 11, 2009

    Yes, my bios show no problems or undetections.

  • beowulf3069 Feb 11, 2009

    The new recovery disc are working but now i'm getting this error right when it loads the ram disk image. C:\BIN\ERROR DIALOG.EXE

  • beowulf3069 Feb 11, 2009

    Ok. I did that

  • beowulf3069 Feb 11, 2009

    it boots the cd then gives me this wierd error that i haven't seen before. C:\BIN|ERRORDIALOG.EXE

  • beowulf3069 Feb 12, 2009

    my toshiba laptop is now giving me the error code C:\BIN|ERRORDIALOG.EXE for all of my restore discs now

  • beowulf3069 Feb 12, 2009

    will my toshiba restore dics work again after i reinstall windows MCE 2005. just in case my computer crashes again or will i be better off making a internal restore partion on the HDD itself

  • beowulf3069 Feb 12, 2009

    where can i get the drivers for the toshiba if i reinstall the software. Since my comp is showing no operating system found.

  • beowulf3069 Feb 12, 2009

    My intel boot agent FEV4.1.18

  • beowulf3069 Feb 12, 2009

    The laptop crashed 5 months back when it went into hybernation. I tried to restore it when i found that i was missing the second restore disc. so now it says no operating system found all i can do is go to bios and acces the boot menu.

  • beowulf3069 Feb 14, 2009

    is there any way to restore deleted partions or where can i download or buy the oem version of windows media center edition 2005

  • beowulf3069 Feb 14, 2009

    is there any way to reatore the toshiba image that allows my recovry discs to work or do i just need to buy the software discs

  • beowulf3069 Feb 14, 2009

    so by formatting the harddrive i can use the toshiba recovery disc to reinstall everything??

  • beowulf3069 Feb 14, 2009

    can anyone help me?

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What error do you receive? If any
If no error,Please explain exactly what it is doing
so I can tell you what to do and I can leave out all the unnecessary stuff.

Posted on Feb 14, 2009

  • Randy Hough
    Randy Hough Feb 14, 2009

    If you can start with a command prompt,



    Start System Restore using the Command prompt, follow these steps:


    1. Restart your computer, and then press and hold F8 during the initial startup to start your computer in safe mode with a Command prompt.
    2. At the command prompt, type %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe, and then press ENTER.
    3. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer.

    If still nothing,just keep posting details

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

May I offer an alternative procedure?

  • remove HD from Toshiba laptop;
  • attach said HD to a 2.5 IDE/SATA to USB adapter and connect to the USB port of a 2nd computer;
  • it will now be read as an external storage device by your 2nd PC;
  • delete all partitions of the Toshiba's HD;
  • re-format the HD to NTFS;
  • reinstall back to the Toshiba;
  • enter CMOS/BIOS or F12 to boot from the CD/DVD with your recovery disc #1;
  • follow on screen instructions.
Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Feb 14, 2009

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Go bios set cd rom first then use the windows cd to install windows and after it just download drivers from toshiba support site - http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/modelContent.jsp?ct=DL&os=&category=&moid=1372981&rpn=PSAA8U&modelFilter=A105-S4034&selCategory=3&selFamily=1073768663&selModel=1372981|PSAA8U


Posted on Feb 14, 2009

  • Teet Bergmann Feb 16, 2009

    U can format your drive in the windows install to start windows install go to bios with F2 and set under boot - boot sequence the cd rom as first then save changes in bios and put the windows cd in your cdrom. when it ask to boot from cd then click enter and start the setup protcess after the setup is readin out all drivers can u go to installation. read the indroduction in setup carefully there is writen the keys u need to press to format the drive.

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So it sounds like your machine is not recognizing the internal hard drive. Have you tried checking that to be sure you don't have a loose connection?

Posted on Feb 14, 2009

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It will be better if you have a operating system CD like XP or Vista since now there's no operating system on your hard drive, with the XP or Vista installation CD you can install a fresh copy of operating system and that should make everything work...

Posted on Feb 14, 2009

  • Mark Gil
    Mark Gil Feb 14, 2009

    Sorry but you cannot use the recovery disc to reformat and reload the operating system for that computer we need a XP or Vista installation cd to do that....

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To start contact Toshiba and get the proper and complete recovery disk set with no need for additional drivers here: Contact Toshiba.

To solve the C:\BIN\ERROR DIALOG.EXE problem you need to format the hard disk.

This can be done by chosing Complete Recovery from original recovery disk.

If you do not want to use a recovery disk you can use a generic windows disk, but you will need to download all drivers and software from : Toshiba - Download drivers.

If you use a generic CD follow instructions below:

Media Center Edition 2005 Setup Instructions

Install MCE 2005 on Windows XP

How to install Media Center from CDs



Posted on Feb 12, 2009

  • Ginko
    Ginko Feb 15, 2009

    If you select complete recovery, then the toshiba recovery disc itself will do the format.

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Get a copy of whatever operating system either xp or vista, then go into the bios, and set the machine to boot fron disk not hard drive, place the disk in the dvd drive and restart, allow it to boot from disk, and follow the prompts, you should be able to reinstall the os.Also clear the cmos before starting, by removing the battery for 5 minutes. If this does not work then you need a diagnostic test run on this machine.these Operating systems are self installing right from the disk, good luck

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Since you have a set of system disks, just format the hard drive and then boot up with disk #1. Follow the directions and you should be back at factory shipped settings. It's a pain in the **** but, it will get you up & running again with a totally clean system. Defrag, cleanup, anti spyware, registry cleaners all have ther place but you have too many multiple level issues. You will have to reinstall all of your programs but your internet & email stuff, you should be able to get them from another computer---If you have them on another computer. I run 2 computers and I import / export about once per month so I have 2 with basically identical access.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009

  • David Shaub Feb 14, 2009

    If you got into the bios and changed things, you will probably have some problems until you get the settings back to the original settings.

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Try booting up from d or e drive first. 
you can erase you entire operating system by finding and downloading and burning a disc  The program is called "system rescue" by linux program. Resets your computer like BRAND NEW.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Feb 14, 2009

    use the program called system resuce, or format your entire hardrive and reinstall your disks.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Feb 26, 2009

    right before you reformat your hardrive, first boot your cpu, while it very first turns on, press F12 or F2 for boot up options. Then you will have to change cd drive as #1 boot device and save it. then reboot computer, reformat hd or (use a program called " system restore" which a free download linux program for windows that will restore your cpu back to dos only. you can than install windows from then.)

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Set boot order to CD-ROM
Insert Windows Xp CD Rom and start Installing

if Blue Screens Show up that means a RAFm Module iS DEFECTIVE.

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Hi there
Download Hirens boot cd and burn it to a cd.

http://www.9down.com/Hiren-s-BootCD-9-5-23765/

Go into the bios and set it to default, save changes and exit, cd drive will then become 1st boot drive, insert hirens boot cd and check the drive for bad sectors this will be in the hard drive tools sections (it will take a little time) also clean the lens of the CD/DVD rom and make sure the install cd's are clean also.
Once done fixing bad sectors try the recovery cd's again to see if the operating system will install.
If this fails, i would look into the hard drive be corrupt and may need replacing.

Good luck and thanks for using Fixya!!

Posted on Feb 11, 2009

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  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Feb 12, 2009

    Yes that amount of install errors points to the hard drive being possibly full of bad sectors or faulty

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Feb 12, 2009

    you can download the drivers direct from toshiba support website, just type in your model and download the driver that the clean install hasn't picked up.

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson Feb 12, 2009

    Another thing to check is the system memory, take it out, clean the contacts and slots free of dust and re-seat it.
    Try to install again after doing this, if it installs buy a can of compressed air and clean the fans and filters


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It kind of sounds like it is possibly a bad HD. Does the HD make any sound when you power on the computer at all? If it doesnt replace the hard drive then reinstall everything.

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I would try running the disk defragmenter and, i would run a registry cleaner as well. this may bring back the stability.

Posted on Feb 11, 2009

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    Michael Masters Feb 14, 2009

    Once deleted, you cannot restore the partitions. you can get a different version of windows on the main windows website or eBay.

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Hey,

since the recovery cds are not working, you need to borrow the windows installation cd from a friend or collegue buying the disc may cost too much.

with the installation disc you can get it installed and it wont bother you with wrong machine messages or anything else.

after the setup you need drivers for the laptop. which I can provide you with.

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If you try and boot your system what message do you get on screen.

As you said your laptop stopped working 5 months back. And then you said you have changed the boot settings. So is it a windows crash or some thing else

Posted on Feb 11, 2009

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  • Chetan Gupta Feb 11, 2009

    are you able to enter windows by any chance

  • Chetan Gupta Feb 11, 2009

    Because in case its a virus then I will deal in a different manner.

  • Chetan Gupta Feb 11, 2009

    There is an option to make your own recovery cd or if a system has a password you can reset the laptop mannually

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Set it to boot to the ext drive first

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You need to set your CD/DVD/CDRW Disk Drive to Boot First. If the Second set of Recovery CD's don't work, Then they are the Wrong one's for that unit.

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hi,
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