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Toshiba Laptop crashing

Toshiba satellite a100 laptop just keeps resetting itself! windows icon shows for a split second and then computer restarts! any ideas apart from throwing it out!!!!!!

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  • vfcork4al67 Mar 21, 2008

    Hi Mike - thanks for your help!

    the original XP disc wouldn't work so I had to use an installation disc with service pack 2 before it would even go to the install screen and the only way it will let me re install windows is to reformat the partition so I'll lose all my files. I've tried the repair option but unfortunately I don't have a repair disc!! do you think reformatting is the only option?

    al67

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Hi vfcork4al67, did your notebook come with restore cd's or a windows cd? If yes load your restore cd or windows cd into the cdrom drive. Boot the notebook. The notebook should go to the cdrom & start to load the cd. Follow the on screen instructions if you booted to the restore cd & re-install the operating system. This will over write windows & repair windows files. If your not using a restore cd but do have a windows cd repeat the same instruction above as if it were the restore cd.
I'll post a link for your Toshiba Satellite a100 notebook but there are many A100's. You will need to find the correct notebook you have. Click the link below & find your notebook.
http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/afin.to?stt1=Notebook%20PCs&stt2=Satellite

Once you find the corect A100 download the network card driver. You will need this to enable you to get online & download all the updated drivers for your notebook. I suggest you update windows asap. Many drivers & software installs need many window updated files in order to function correctly. Turn on windows firewall to help protect you while downloading & untill you install virus protection. Need some free virus protection. Click the link below & download & install AVG.
http://free.grisoft.com/doc/download-free-anti-virus/us/frt/0

Have more question, feel free to ask.
Thanks for using FixYa

Good Luck & have a Great Weekend!
Mike

Posted on Mar 21, 2008

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso Mar 21, 2008

    al67, yeah try this. When you start up the notebook press the F8 key every two seconds untill windows boot menu loads. Hopefully you can get this far. There should be a line listed there thar says Disable automatic restart on system failure.

    Give that a shot, with any luck you can load windows long enough to run winXP sp2 tools. I'm looking for the correct tool now & will post the instructions asap!

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso Mar 21, 2008

    Lost it al67. Still, if you can disable the restarting long enough to get into windows maybe you can burn some data to a CD. What was the last program you installed before windows went into the looping/ restarting?

    You should have been able to run the Win CD but I do not find it odd that your could't. The fact windows would only allow a reinstall with a format hints a problem with the partition.

    Troubles like your issue is a good reason to buy a USB back up drive.

    Sorry al67, wish I could have been more helpful.

    Mike

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