Question about Toshiba Satellite A100-S8111TD Notebook
You need to use the recovery discs or windows installation disc that came with the laptop.
Posted on Sep 11, 2009
You should have a restore disk that came with your computer, put in the disk and reboot. Or you can got to your > control panel> System > look for a link to > system Protecton > look for > restore system files and settings > click on that and restore to an earler date when everything worked like you want. Try that.
Posted on Sep 11, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You're going to need a few bits before you start:
1) Drivers: Start here:
...and download a complete set of drivers for the operating system you intend to install. I couldn't give you a more exact page...there's 3 different flavours of A200. You'll probably be able to tell which by looking at the label on the bottom of your machine.
2) Operating system:
Now you have an OEM copy of (presumably) Windows, so you're licensed to run a different copy of the same OS. So go here:
...and pick out your OS. You'll need a bittorrent client to download it, and there is a good free one here:
I can personally vouch for TinyXP Rev09 and Tiny7 Rev01, as I repair people's computers with them relatively frequently. The big advantage to these versions of windows is that they come with driverpacks...so quite often your computer works without needing any additional drivers. Sometimes you have to load one or two for your particular machine.
3) Insurance: Hiren's boot CD:
...it does come packaged with the eXPerience windows discs, but I find it more convenient to have it on a separate CD
Right, you have your drivers; a copy of Windows and Hiren's Boot CD. Hiren's and Windows will come as disc images, and they will need burning to CDs. A free burning program that does disc images is here:
...if you don't have one. Burn the windows disc. Burn the Hiren's one BUT add your Toshiba drivers to the image before you start burning (just drag and drop them in). Hiren's is a shade under 200Mb, so there should be room on the CD for the drivers.
Now you have your toolkit, in the shape of a Windows install disc, and a Hiren's disc with your drivers on. Nearly ready to start. But! Have you got any data you need to get off your infected machine? You can buy a USB stick cheaply, or an external USB hard disk if you want to get a lot of stuff off. Obviously you are the best judge of what you need to rescue, but some things commonly forgotten are:
-bookmarks from your browser
-work done (have a good look at your 'My Documents')
-sometimes programs store data (chat logs for example) in the program folder. These are easily missed.
NOTE: THERE IS A RISK OF CARRYING A VIRUS FROM YOUR BACKUP TO YOUR NEW SETUP. You are almost certainly safe if you don't run any executables from the USB backup device; but backup; take it out of the machine when finished backing up and put it to one side for now.
We have the install CDs, we've backed up all the stuff you want to keep and we're ready to begin:
1) Put the Hiren's disc in and boot from that
2) If it doesn't boot, you'll need to restart the machine, hit F2 (repeatedly) as soon as it starts and in the BIOS change the boot order so that "Boot from CD" is above "Boot from HDD". Save changes and exit.
3) An options list will come up- you want to "Start MicroXP"
4) Start Acronis Disk Director...it will show you 2 partitions on your hard disk. Delete them both. THIS IS THE POINT OF NO RETURN...MAKE ABSOLUTELY SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED OFF YOUR DISK BEFORE DOING THIS.
5) Put your Windows install disc in and restart your computer.
6) You'll get a list of install options...choose one of the "With added driverpacks" ones....whether you want to install Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player is up to you.
7) You'll need to create a partition; format it and install Windows on it- the windows setup will talk you through it. Just follow the onscreen directions
8) Once you're past the partition creation and formatting, Windows will just install. Don't worry about a serial number- it's all done. Your machine will reboot a time or 3 during the install, but it'll tell you what it's doing as it goes along.
Now you have formatted your machine and have a shiny new copy of windows on it.
1) The screen is probably too low a resolution, so right-click anywhere on the desktop; select "Properties" or "Screen Resolution" and adjust it upwards until you're happy. If it doesn't go high enough, you may need to load the video driver (that you have a copy of on your Hiren disc, remember?).
2) Do you have sound? My advice here, is if your sound works, leave it alone. I have had some computers where the 'proper' sound drivers have argued with the eXPerience ones, necessitating a reinstall.
3) Webcam? You'll probably need the 'proper' driver.
4) Wifi? Probably works already. Leave it alone if it does. Use Windows Zero Configuration and keep it simple...you almost certainly won't gain any advantage by installing the 'proper' drivers and may end up having to reinstall if it all goes horribly wrong.
Alright! Shiny new Windows and it all works! Remember that we're only here because of a virus, so a good idea would be to reduce the chances of it happening again.
Download the following 4 programs and UPDATE THEM (you may choose different programs, but I use these ones...they're pretty effective (nothing is 100%) and they work well together. And they're free!):
One final thing to do: Plug in your backup disc of rescued data from the 'old computer' and do a full scan with Antivir AND Malwarebytes before you click on anything or let the files anywhere near your clean install.
That's it. Good luck!
Posted on Mar 20, 2010
a couple of ways to do that 1) if you have the recovery CDs supplied with the PC - then you can use these - put the CD into the drive and when it boots follow the instructions 2) If you have a recovery partition on the laptop - have a read here to see if you have one http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/outFrm.jsp?ofId=AskIris&searchString=recovery+to+factory 3) This link shows you how to use the partition http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/bulletinDetail.jsp?soid=2291088&pf=true basically as the PC boots TAP F8 key - from the menu that appears choose "repair your computer"
Posted on Mar 22, 2010
Testimonial: "tnx i just remembered it never came with a recovery cd but it did come with toshiba recovery disc creator, might give it a try wen i get some cd's."
Format the drive, then install an operating system such as xp, or
windows 7 .... it should install most of the correct drivers. If you have the original disks that came with the computer, use those.You may
have to go to the manufactures website to find the exact drivers for the
video and sound cards., but that should pretty much return it to
factory settings. If you are really picky and have the bucks, you can
contact TOSHIBA for the original disks.
PLEASE CLICK ON SOME THUMBS UP FOR THE ADVICE!!!
Posted on Apr 23, 2010
SOURCE: How to reset to factory
To access the Toshiba recovery partition, power off the laptop. Hold down the 0 (zero) key and turn the laptop on. Keep holding down the zero key until the TOSHIBA logo appears, where you should start tapping the zero key repeatedly. Stop if the unit beeps or when the TOSHIBA logo disappears. The screen should flash ** HDD RECOVERY MODE ** for a split second, then load the Toshiba recovery program right from the hard drive.
Note that this erases all data, and reloads all factory default software. Be sure to back up all your important personal data beforehand!
Posted on Dec 31, 2010
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