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Toshiba Satelite M35-456 Error 0201 Failure IDE #0


I have been having this problem with my father's old toshiba laptop.

After I turn it on it remains loading in the BIOS screen for 30 seconds and then gives me a prompt with the message  Error 0201 Failure IDE #0 with two options Setup and Boot

If boot is presed it attempts to boot but i does not recognize the hard drive.

I have tried a couple of aproaches to solving the problem including

1) Using the Toshiba Recovery Disk
      - It boots until the windows installation
      - The program does not recognize the hard drive

2) Using an Ubuntu Live CD
      - It boots and recognizes the hard drive as external media
      - Partitioning, Formating, Installing Linux, and any disk                           management utilities work from the live cd. But even if linux is                 installed on the hard drive the booting procedures do not                       recongnize it.
      - It should be noted that files can be added and removed from the             hard drive using the live cd with no complications.

3) Cheking the Hardware
      - Tried to clean the pins as sugested in a related post
      - Bought a new hard drive of the same model as the old one on               ebay.
             * The problem persists, tried redoing the previous steps in the                   the new drive just to make sure just to make sure.

3) Flashed the BIOS
      - Got the latest version from toshiba and installed is from a bootable         cd-rom
      - The older BIOS version was 1.30 the new one is 1.50

I have been fixing computers for at least three years now, but I have to admit that I have never encountered such a persistent problem that apears to be so beyond my capabilities. While as a seventeen year old the thigs that I have yet to understand are numerous. the fact that this problem has been unsolved from so long is is quite a blow to my ego.

Any help that you guys could provide me with in order to shed some light to the way of solving this problem will be greatly apreciated.



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  • Jean Obando Jun 17, 2009

    Thanks for your prompt response!

    I had already checke Toshiba's oficial response for the error code, have run the basic diagnostic/repair  tools including Chdsk /r and tried restoring the master boot record. But as I described before the problem persists with diferent hard drives (both specifically desingned for the laptop model)  and instalations of varied operating systems (windows and a couple of linux distributions). 

    For now I am going to try to run the diagnostic tools on the Ultimate boot CD (as soon as I find my old copy or compile a new one) and check the links provided.

    Any extra help provided is still apreciated. 

  • Jean Obando Jun 17, 2009

    I'm working myself trought the boot troubelshoter.

    And yes I have formated both drives and repartitioned both drives, the original drive now has only a FAT 32 80 gigs partition and the new drive and the new one is split betwen FAT 32 60 gigs and Ext2 20 gigs. Both drives have a clean windows XP SP3 instalation right now (I used another computer to install it so I am almost completelly sure that the problem is not on the drives).

    And can you please elaborate on bare bones boot...I am not completelly sure what you are refering to by it.

    Oh and thanks again for your promt help even if we are not able to fix my problem I am certanily giving you a good rating.



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Here is the Toshiba official line on that error.
If you've already run through their fixes, you could try using the Ultimate Boot CD to test the hard drive, or run Chkdsk c: /r from the recovery console to attempt to recover any bad sectors
Then consult this link and apply the pertinent fixes to attempt to repair the MBR.
Other possibly helpful links here and here.
I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
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    efs_perpends Jun 17, 2009

    Did you try to work through the boot troubleshooter I sent you. (another link here)

    Have you formatted the drive? See here about partitions.

    Have you scanned the drive for malware?

    If you're convinced that it's a hardware problem, then try a bare bones boot after stripping all non-essential devices and ram from the system.

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    efs_perpends Jun 17, 2009

    Let's assume that because you get the same error with both hard drives that the contacts are not the issue, and you have already tried reseating the drive so that it will make contact. (Though this could be incorrect, and both drives could be failing to make contact, or the connection could be faulty.) And we won't even mention changing the bios settings for the boot order as a possibility. At any rate, let's say the drive is detected and MBR is loaded, then examines the disk for the master partition table, but fails to find either an extended partition or an active partition. The error code reported could be the same as that reported by a BIOS that fails to locate the hard drive. (See #4 here.) I'm just guessing here, but is it possible you neglected to mark the primary partition on the hard drive active so you could boot from it? If so, then the volume boot code will never get loaded, and the windows boot process will fail. Here's a link from MS to adjust the active partition settings, and another link to help clarify the nomenclature. Basically, if your system partition has not been activated, windows won't boot. That's just a wild guess about your problem, though.

    Normally what you describe is a hardware problem, and eliminating non-essential hardware from the boot process can sometimes narrow down the field of possible causes. Of course, this is more difficult with a laptop....

    The other major problem can be a boot sector virus. I would scan for this just to eliminate the possibility. (Use MBAM from here or Avira from here.)

    And finally, even though you mentioned you had already repaired the MBR, here are a couple of tutorials that walk you through that.

    Best of luck sorting it out.

    Let us know what you find.


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