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Cannot start up the laptop

I'm having some issues with my toshiba satellite laptop. Everytime I turn it on i get the normal windows screen with the progress bar at the bottom as if its booting fine, then the whole screen turns black for about a minute and i get a nice message saying that windows has failed to start because it has experienced a power cut or wasn't shut down correctly etc etc (in this case what happened was i had turned it on and while it was booting up i started moving it the laptop, the psu fell out the back and sinec there was no battery in it at the time it just turned off) anyway, it gives me the usual options like do you want to try running windows as normal, use last working configuration, safe mode, safe mode with networking etc etc etc but having tried them all several times and all of them end up just going to the windows xp starting screen for a minute, then going black for a minute, then a blue screen (not the dreaded blue screen of death though) with some white text on it which appears then diappears in half a second so I can't tell what it says (helpful) and then just reverts to the screen asking about safe mode and use last working settings etc etc again. if i leave it alone on this screen it tries to just restart windows automatically in 30 seconds. i left it in this cycle all night hoping it would magically work but the next morning it was still stuck restarting windows, failing to boot, waiting 30 secs, restarting windows I've already tried to use my recovery CD but it didn't help either

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  • darinetta May 20, 2009

    @frankzjm

    no i didn't enter the BIOS to set the cdrom to first priority ... but i remember that i used to directly enter thew cd and the cdrom always took action immediatly without entering the BIOS ... and i wouldn't know how to do it ... could you please explain what should i do after entering the BIOS?



    @leecom72

    i've never took the laptop apart before do you think its safe to do so?

  • darinetta May 20, 2009

    @frankzjm

    a blue window pops up with several options -HDD

    -CD/DVD

    -....



    and i choose cd/dvd

  • darinetta May 22, 2009

    I tried unclipping the memory and cleaning it but it didn't work





    HELP!

  • darinetta May 23, 2009

    @frankzjm
    i did choose to boot from cd/dvd

    but nothing happens the toshiba screen comes on the windows then -windows has failed to start - screeen and this loop keeps going on and on and on

  • darinetta May 23, 2009

    now i've entered the BIOS & set the cd/dvd to highest priority , then entered the recovery CD but the -windows has failed to start Successfully - window came up again and the same loop went on again 'n again 'n again

  • darinetta May 24, 2009

    @frankzjm

    i did save the new settings

    & i did press F12 for booting

    & a blue window appears with many choices so i choose Cd/DVD

    but still nothing happens

    i think it could be a double problem ... maybe my CD/DVD drive isn't working ??

  • darinetta Jun 01, 2009

    i found out my cd/dvd rom was really not working .... but i need to know if i fix it ... would the reboot from the recovery cd solve the problem or it maybe a bit more complicated?

  • darinetta Jun 01, 2009

    i found out my cd/dvd rom was really not working .... but i need to know if i fix it ... would the reboot from the recovery cd solve the problem or it maybe a bit more complicated?

  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 11, 2010

    change your CD drive see how?

  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 11, 2010

    so you did revovery CD install your HDD?

  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 11, 2010

    do you save your new setting in bios? press F10 for save. if cant boot from CD, you may press F8 or F12 choose CD boot, boot a windows start you may see blue screen and message show. tell me how?

  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 11, 2010

    please do enter bios this step very focus, there are some method enter bios depends different model: you need try one and another:

    when yrun on laptop: 1) ESC+F1 2) ESC+F2 3)F2, could you enter the bios? let me know thanks

  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 11, 2010

    are you sure you can not choose CDdrive boot on the blue screen?

  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 11, 2010

    what show on screen when boot a recovery disk? please tell me.

  • Frank Zhang
    Frank Zhang May 11, 2010

    do you try to enter bios and set cdrom to first priority? and boot your re

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Hi there.
That really quick flash of a blue screen is the blue screen of death and there is a possibility that the error could be memory related.
What you have to do is remove and clean the system memory and the slots the memory goes into.
Take out the battery and the AC power (if attached)
The memory will be located behind a panel underneath the laptop, unscrew the panel unclip the memory, clean the brass contacts and the slots with a clean, dry, soft paintbrush, then reseat the memory making sure it clips into place, replace the memory cover and reboot the laptop, see if it lets you into windows.

Please post back with the results and more help if needed, good luck and thanks for using FixYa!!

Posted on May 20, 2009

  • Lee Hodgson
    Lee Hodgson May 20, 2009

    Hi again.
    Your not taking it apart your just unscrewing the panel under the laptop and unclipping the memory and cleaning it and the slots and its safe to do so.
    Take out the battery and the mains power before you open the panel up and just follow my direction.

    Good luck


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