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Flashing Toshiba satellite 1800-S204

I've tried a lot of software flashing utilities, but only error messages i get as an result, no progress.
The real problem is that the bios wont recognise the hard disk any more, it was not replased, and it works good as an USB connected on my other computer. Ive checked the hard disk , did FDISK /Cmbr 2 to check the master boot record and evenmade an HD image from a syster computer (same Brand ) and forced the image from that HD on this one. but stil the bios wont "See" it, i'm suspecting an virus, cause when i put the HD before i cleaned it in an other laptop the other on also stoped booting and giving me the same message "C drive not detected." or something like that.

Any suggestions?

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  • DanserMax Mar 23, 2008

    Thank you, for the interest . it gives me the feeling not being alone out here struggling for an sollution.

    Additional information requested follows.

    Model Computer Toshiba Satellite 1800-S204

    MotherBoard(mobo) ????????

    Bios original ACPI version 1.10

    Bios Downloaded ACPI version 2.10

    Cmos Information (only relevant)

    HardDisk Mode = not used

    Boot Priority = HDD => FDD => CD-ROM => LAN

    Power On Boot Select = Enabled


    HDD = No Drive

    CD-ROM = Secondary IDE (170H/IRQ15)

    Floppy Disk = (3F2H/IRQ6/CH2)

    Build-in LAN = Enabled

    I am basically an Computer Programmer,but used to help neighbours colleges and or friends whith their computer related problems free of charge of course.

    Normally it doesnt take more than a day or two to fix one. Used to go to the Registry and scan out the threats manually.

    But now with this one i'am in big trouble an need help urgently.

    What i;ve done already

    downloaded and burn on a bootable CD windows and DOS routines like snapshot.exe (Works Like Ghost) to make compleet image of an HD.

    And HD Tune 2.52 to scan HD disk surface for damaged blocks

    connected the HD to an USB to IDE /SATA cable and backed up the data on my Computer then I've formatted the HD zero filled it and trieid again , no luck kept searching the internet for infos found out about Fdisk MBR command and bingo managed to clean the HD then but stil no luck for the computer to recognise the HD.

    So i thought let me Flash the BIOS and get rid of every thing. Start with a clean HD and clean bios/cmos.downloaded routines like bios.exe , xbios.exe, uniflash.exe and the new bios from the toshiba site. and here i am now unable to flash the bios because when a program tries to overwrite the area the the threat is protecting an message apeares "the file XXXXX.bin can not be found on diskette" . of course this is an misleading message. what happens is the threat stop execution of the flashing program and then send that misleading message.

    What i need from you.

    Either a way to show me the running tasks in dos.

    then a routine, program that enable me to stop the treath from executing first then i'll be able to flash, or a route that enables me to flash true the threat.


    It istablish himself on two places First Somewhere in the MBR area.

    and in the bios but the boot area of the bios. it accept normal flashing of the cmos area but when you tries to replace the boot area command/instructions from the bios you'll get an error message "the file XXXXX.bin can not be found on diskette"

    Hope to have imform you enough.

    thank you for your time




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You query did not give any clues abt the PC/Motherboard and its BIOS revision.

That said if the PC/BIOS will not "see" the HDD then its is unlikely a cause of a virus.

Some old motherboards can't recognise a HDD if its size is more than 137GB. Some older motherboard also require than you set the HDD jumper correctly (Master or Slave).

At this stage, i am assuming the HDD in question is PATA or IDE (Old Spec). If the HDD is SATA (New Spec), then you will need a SATA port to connect the HDD. Ensure not to use both "old" molex power connector and "newer" SATA power connector together.

If the HDD is SATAII but the SATA spec for your motherboard is SATAI (initial spec), some motherboards and SATAII drives require that you jumper the HDD to allow it to work at the lower SATA speed.

If none of the above points apply try upgrading your system BIOS of the latest version. Also review the mortarboard's manual for more info.


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