Hi i have a toshiba 1800 laptop which has hardly been in use since from brand new 5years ago now i went to use it and it is showing a quarter of the toshiba Logo then goes into a cmos error with the cursor blinking on a black screen i am suspecting that the cmos battery needs to be changed but dont know where to start looking (the serial numner is:32081881J Model No:PS183Z-ooPK Toshiba system unit, this info is on the labels on bottom Please can you help with instructions how to go about finding & replacing the cmos battery thanks for a reply
Carefull! The 1800 had a notoriously lousy MB/bios problem. While it still works, get yourself to Toshiba support and get the LATEST bios for the right version of your board, and get it IN ASAP... Otherwise you might well end up with a brick..
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The hard disk has a password on it. If you haven't activated yourself then it went active on its own, a sign that the disk electronic board is dying. This can't be fixed, the hard disk is practically dead so take it out of your laptop before it damages something else. Then put in a new one and reinstall Windows.
You first need to make sure your cdrom is in the first bootup sequence. To do this, you need to go to your Bios or Cmos setup. Upon bootup, its either you press Del or F2 continuously or depending on your laptop brand, it should tell you on the screen what key to press to enter Setup. Once in, go to the Bootup settings and make sure to define your cdrom as the first on the list. Save and Exit. Then try again.
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Hi, The simplest way to remove a BIOS password is to simply remove the CMOS battery. A computer will remember its settings and keep the time even when it is turned off and unplugged because these parts are powered by small battery inside the computer called a CMOS battery. If we pull out this battery, the computer will forget alot of its hardware settings, including its BIOS password. This should not be performed on Laptops if you are not experienced working with laptop hardware. Anyway, open up the computer case using a screw driver and locate the flat, circular and metallic CMOS battery. It should look something like the picture to the right. Some computers have this part standing upright. Once you have located it, observe how the latches are holding it. There are many different ways to remove a CMOS battery but the most common way on newer computers can be seen in the picture below. Make sure to power down the computer, unplug the power cables and unplug any USB devices if they are powered. The computer must not be able to get power from anywhere for this to work. Take out the CMOS battery and wait 10 – 25 minutes before putting it back in. The reason for this wait is because the computer can still store power in its capacitors even though everything is unplugged. The waiting period allows enough time for them to discharge. Plug everything back in, power up the computer and enter the BIOS again. If everything went well there should be no more password. In some cases, if you get weird error messages during bootup now, you will need to goto “Load BIOS Defaults” in BIOS and save the changes to fix them. Good luck! And Thanks.
It does sound like your cmos battery. It is located on your system board. If your confident you can take the laptop apart and get the details from the battery and then goto a pc shop and buy a new one if not take the laptop to the shop and they can replace it for you.
That is a memory error. Remove and reseat the memory in your computer. If the error persists and you have more than 1 stick, try each stick separately to find the faulty unit. If you only have one stick, then the memory will need to be replaced.
Hello Lunartiger, i have one suggestion. My 4 year old toshiba satellite has had the same problem (almost.....). It would not boot or format. the hard drive's running sound was weird. It would do tic-tic-tic... instead of the normal chirrrrrrr.... I thought the hard drive was broken . So i went to a computer shop and replaced its original toshiba hard drive with a cheap refurbished Fujitsu hard drive. It's been working well(maybe faster) since then. If your hard drive sounds different then before, consider buying a new one.
search the web for your laptop's motherboard to see where the CMOS bettery is. I used irisvista.com for my laptop but they might not have hp laptops there