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Toshiba M65 will not boot


This is the second time this has happened. Last Christmas I powered the unit down and took it with me out of town, on the second day it would not boot up. The fan would come on for afew seconds, the cd/dvd drive light would flash for a few seconds then it would shut back off. I replaced the mothercoard and it has worked for exactly a year. This year I did the same thing powered it down and took it with me. Got to my destination and same thing. I'm positive it is charging so it is not a battery problem. I removed the cover off the hard drive, it does not spin nor the head move. I cannot believe the motherboard is bad (again) I've re-seated all the normal parts (not processor as yet). Do you have any suggestions???

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  • pwdby460 Jan 02, 2008


    Yes I tried that, no good. Thanks though. Toshiba wants $35 just to get support. I'd hate to pay and not actually solve the problem. Most support techs just go by a book they have. Anything out of the ordinary I've found them to be useless.


  • Ken_in_Chad Jan 02, 2008

    I have two M65s. We are missionaries in Africa and the day we left the states to come back here my wife's wouldn't boot. I brought it anyway since there was no time to do anything. I swapped everything from the other computer with no luck. Bad mother board! Replaced under warranty, came back sound didn't work, Sent back for another board. In the mean time the other one failed with the same problem, light comes on for a few seconds. Not under warranty so i took it apart to reseat things even cpu, no luck. Put in the closet for a few weeks. The first one fails again, same problem. I keep the fan and fins clean with compressed air. It never gets above 80-85 degrees in the house. This one still under warranty but we plan to return to the states in a few months so will bring it then.

    I took the other one out of the closet because i read something about hitting the power button repeated times. It came on the first time I hit the button. I shut it down to put it back together and it worked fine for about two weeks but i didn't shut it down or let it hibernate. I tried the first computer and it started again also after several minutes of hitting the power button and worked fine. Again i disabled hibernate and standby. We got a new computer and decided to send the one back for warranty with someone so i had to shut them down to swap the hard drives since they were in the wrong computer. This only took a few minutes and then nether one would come back on. It has been weeks now and I can't get either one going now.

    We plan try to get the one replaced since it will be the third time returned for a mother board. I will not spend $300 on a mother board for the other one unless i am sure they have solved the problem. I can buy a similar machine new for about $700 on sale with duo core etc. Then there is the problem with Vista of course.

    If anyone knows of a recall or an updated board i would be very interested to find out. Almost all of the laptops that our organization uses are Toshibas and although some live in areas were they are operating at over 100 degrees we haven't seen this problem with any of the other models that we have.

    Sorry this is so long but i thought that it might be useful to some. It is definitely a mother board problem. I did notice with the one machine that for several days in the morning it did not want to boot right away.

    This is the condensed story! LOL

  • pwdby460 Jan 05, 2008

    Hi Bear,

    Yes, I've tried another hard drive. No good. I also tried my hard drive in another computer it booted part way, then locked up on a driver initialization. So the drive does work. I hooked an external monitor up and it flashed a few times before the 'puter shut back off. I'm wondering if it is the video part of the motherboard not initializing. I'm going to take it all apart and re-assemble this weekend and see what happens. Kind of frustrating it being my work computer.


  • wmdfh Feb 12, 2008

    I have the same problem now. I can not boot up my laptop (Satellite M65). The power button has blue light on for a few seconds and then goes off. Sometimes, fan runs with the light at the begining, sometimes, fan does not run at all. I do not know what to do. Please help. Thanks.




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Usually the capacitors on mobo for voltage regulators are bad. Replace all 4 of them and you're happy for a while :)

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I started having the shut off problem in spring of 06. I thought I had some virus, looked online and everywhere. One site suggested the grounding was bad to the monitor. I disasembled and reasembled, problem fixed......until, it dropped about 2 weeks ago.....problem resurfaced......I'm disasembling right now.

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Do you have access to another Hard drive you can try. I have a feeling its your hdd, I had a problem like you are talking about and found it to be my HDD I replaced after I tried a friends to see and it works. Presto it works, Thank the Computer Gods LOL Hope that gets you going again. Take Care Now. Bear001

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  • bear001 Jan 04, 2008

    Did you get a brand new mother board the first time because, The problem thats been happening may be a bad or faulty part made from the factory and the never fixed it They just hope that the part don't go bad while the computer is under warranty and if it does its much cheaper to fix than to have a recall. So what I would suggest doing is finding A remaned board that has already had that problem and its been fixed with a good part that won't fail, So thats all I can suggest that, or Keeping a fan on it all the time, But that sounds rediculous Hey, Ok I sure hope you all get that problem fixed, And I sure am sorry that You all are having problems. Take Care bear001


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