Ok... my laptop worked fine for a while... it came with windows ME but a while ago i put xp on it... then not to long ago it starts where it says compaq and then it goes to a blank screenand i hit F10 and it brings me to the setup screen and it has the date and time correct so im not sure what it could be. any suggestions?
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First of all go to your cmos setup screen (normally this is done by hitting the delete or f2 key) and setup your computer to boot from cd. Once this is done you should be able to reinstall windows xp.
Next go to the library, a friends house, or any other computer that will allow you to access the internet and go to www.toshiba.com.
Now you can download the drivers to a flashdisk and install them on your computer.
Once you can access the internet from your computer download sp2 and sp3 from www.microsoft.com and your good to go.
If you are getting a Blue screen repeatedly and you can't start up towindows in any custom setting ( from f8 start up menu ) one way tosolve the problem is to Use the restore disc or windows installation cdor dvd to installwindows into the computer or perform a repair installation if a windowsalready exists on the computer and the setup can find it.
how to perform a repair installation
this is for xp, but its similar on 2000 and on vista.
insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.
1.Whenthe Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen,press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
ifnot then the computer is not set to start up from a cd, you can eitherenter the setup / bios to change that setting OR right when you powerup the computer look at the screen it will say what button to press inorder to enter boot menu or bios, it will very likely be button F12 or similar, it should say on the screen when you power on.
if it doesn't, then you need to go into the bios and change the boot order so that the computer starts from the CD first.
after that you should be able to start from the cd and install the OS (Operating system, eg.Windows)
here's some info on how to work the bios: http://www.whitecanyon.com/how-to-change-boot-order.php
Repeat step 1 when you have changed the boot order.
2.Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.
3.Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.
4.In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
5.Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
6.Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.
7.Oneswindows is working you will need the drivers for your computer, theyare at the makers website, for hp and compaq. www.hp.com for acerhttp://support.acer-euro.com/drivers/downloads.html for all otherbrands go to google and write Brand drivers. Should get you to theright place. Dell is most likely www.dell.com and so on.
It's not booting to the OS I take it. THen you need to do a recovery it you have one. First try F8 key when you turn laptop on try safe mode see if that boots. If it does restart F8 again try last know see if that one work that would be your last start up backup if that works you should be ok. If not then go to setup do boot from CD install your Windows CD restart your laptop and try doing a windows repair if that does not work then you will have to do a complete reinstall.
insert your Windows XP Setup CD, and restart your computer.
When the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed on your screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.
Press ENTER when you see the message To setup Windows XP now, and then press ENTER displayed on the Welcome to Setup screen.
Do not choose the option to press R to use the Recovery Console.
In the Windows XP Licensing Agreement, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.
Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Setup.
You need to download and burn the files on a CD or put on a Pin drive.
After installing windows XP, you will need to install all the XP drivers for that model.
Go to the manufacturers website, download all the chipset, bios,audio,network drivers, and video drivers they have for XP and Install them after installing windows XP.
Installing XP requires you to boot from the install CD, partition the Hard drive in the windows install. Then install, It will reboot after it finishes and restart, go into more installing and when its done, you should be able to go into windows wher you are going to start installing all those drivers.
Start with the Mother board chipsets and then the video , the audio and network.
After you get all those, run windows updates to get everything up to date. Then you can start installing other software like MS office and whatever else.
If you're running Windows XP, put your Windows XP (or recovery) disc in, load Windows Setup, then press R for Recovery in setup.
You'll be asked eventually which installation of Windows you want to use, it's usually 1. It'll ask for an admin password, if you haven't set one, hit enter.
Then type "fixmbr" and confirm the action. Restart, then that should sort your problem.