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Toshiba satellite a105 s4004 cannot boot. When click on the power button laptop tried to boot but stay on TOSHIBA menu and wouldn't go any further.

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  • Mark Phan
    Mark Phan Dec 08, 2007

    Tried Recovery disc. Tried Spotmau PowerSuite disc. same result wouldn't boot stayed on TOSHIBA menu and wouldn't go any further.

  • Mark Phan
    Mark Phan Dec 08, 2007

    Toshiba A105-S4004 Specs:

    • Processor Type :

      Core Duo

    • Processor Number :


    • Processor Speed :


    • Operating System :

      Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

    • Memory Size :


    • Display Size :


    • Display Type :

      Widescreen XGA with TruBrite Technology

    • Graphics Chipset :

      Graphics Media Accelerator 950

    • Graphics Memory :

      8MB-128MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory

    • Hard Drive Size :


    • Hard Drive Speed :


    • Optical Drive :

      DVD-SuperMulti drive (+/-R double layer)

    • Wireless LAN :

      Intelã‚â® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g)

    No Start up disk. Just Recovery disk came with laptop, with no result.

  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2007

    My Toshiba Satellite A 105 was hit by a serious cas of spyware, and I lost my CD recovery, and the system restore not working. What should I do to save it??

  • Mark Phan
    Mark Phan Dec 08, 2007

    I'm thinking that the hard drive is shot myself. Tried to take out the RAM one at a time with no result, no changes. When I tried to boot with the power button, i would get the same screen every time. PC tried to load and stayed on the TOSHIBA screen each and every time. No blue screen. This is odd since I didn't experience anything wrong prior to this. I had left my laptop unattended for about two weeks and then two days ago I tried to turn it on to do some work and this is to only result it would give me. TOSHIBA screen... As you can see the loading bar below. This is as far as it will go every time.

  • Mark Phan
    Mark Phan Dec 14, 2007

    bought a new hard drive today install it and same result nothing. freeze on Toshiba screen and just wouldn't install anything. I'm stump.

  • Mark Phan
    Mark Phan Dec 14, 2007

    I'm running McAfee at all times and run complete scan regularly, therefore i don't think it's a virus.

  • mini_floppy Jan 12, 2008

    I too have a satellite a105 s4004, it is now slow and sometimes freezes at start up at the toshiba screen. I usually turn it off pushing the start button for 10 seconds. sometimes I have to take out the battery as stated in this forum. Anyway I believe I have a bad case of spyware or trojan horse that masks with mc afee, norton, avast, avg... So I hope you recover your machine. I had one similar experience on an older machine, and it was the "internal" battery, I asked to change it, despite the fact that tech support said that my notebook was useless, I was right :), the machine worked perfectly afterwards. That was the internal memory battery, I believe that you shouldn't have this problem since your machine is not too old, but who knows....
    I usually take the pc to toshiba, to a technician that I know he knows and have it fixed, configuration has been cumbersome with other toshibas losing some system applications when using the recovery disk... (i have used about 5 toshibas, one ibm and some other brands away from the market right now, like everex, XT) good luck!



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Regarding the Trojan and Spyware issue trashing computers, I've used Norton, and McAfee on my computers in the past years. With a recent laptop purchase for my wife, I decided to go with Trend Micro which Dell now installs on their computers. Istalled it on my wife's laptop, and then decided to install it on a desktop computer that had previously had Norton on it.

The result was that it found about 54 different problems and two critical Trojans all dating back to the Norton time frame of use for their full suite of products. That computer ran slow and was reduced to a boat anchor with Norton on it. Now, it runs better than ever.

I'll qualify this by saying that this is just my experience, I don't work for any of those companies, I was just tired of all the Norton updates, interruptions and hogging of computer resources which MIGHT have been justified if it had worked. However, it almost cost me a computer. No one antivirus software is "full proof". If your computer goes belly up due to bugs, it might be worth swithing brands to find the culprit if your subscription is up.

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If the recovery disk would not run to load the program than your hard drive is probably bad have you been into the machine and seen the hard drive have a look at the front where the wires plug in and there is a slot for jumpers to select the hard drive function make sure its set for master only. most hhard drives will not have a jumper for master setting if there is a jumper make sure its set right .

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I need more info what os are you using nut as a guess did hyou make a start up disk if so this will let you boot up and check out the software.

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    james kilgore Dec 08, 2007

    you have to make the start up disk from the utility when the computers running it helps you boot up in a situation like this. usually if a piece of hardware other than the hard drive goes bad the computer will not stay running after start up. thats why i believe its your hard drive.. and the fact that the recovery disk is not working. see if the recovery disk was working but had the wrong drivers the computer would get a blue screen.

  • james kilgore
    james kilgore Dec 08, 2007

    do you think you contracted a virus that has corrupted your drive. if so, the safest way to save it would be to set it as a slave with a jumper put it into a system with a good spyware program. i am partial to the new xp program from microsoft, then use the host computer to try and save your files it sounds like you have a worm in the program. oh! do you have a fire wire hook up on the laptop if so hook up to it from another computer with xp and try to run your laptop from a remote this will work some times if not use another computer with xp and make you a floppy start up disk from the utility manager. try these things if it dont work all you can do is wipe the drive with F Disk and then restore the partitions. good luck wish i could do more.

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    james kilgore Dec 16, 2007

    OK now lets go a little further, you might have been infected with a trojan horse, there is one going around now the infects the bios this will stop you from being able to do anything. so I need you to try this, remove the battery from the bios memory it looks like a big watch battery, leave it out for 5 minutes this will erase problems from bios as most of the important bios programs are hard wired into it. after the 5 mins put the battery back in. then start your computer, you will need to enter the bios set up, and turn off the cache shadowing and disable the setting that keeps you from changing the changeable info cant remember the name of it. my mind is slipping in my old age. you might have to push F 1or 8 depending on your pc some will automatically take you to bios when you reset it. after changing these see if you can boot from your hard drive once its started you will have to reset the cache settings in bios. but this might get you going if not let me know there are other symptoms that we can check for.


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