Question about Toshiba Satellite A15-S127 Notebook
I recently lost sound on my Toshiba Satellite laptop running WinXP. Of course, I've checked all the obvious volume and mute buttons that I can find; Device Manager/Sound, Video and Game Controllers shows no problems or conflicts, and a system restore to a previous date has had no effect. Just prior to loosing sound I was using a microphone to record a website (live); the software was DAK Wave & MP3 Editor (which is a fairly decent little tool).
If I plug headphones into the 3.5mm jack I hear a click, click, click at about 200x/minute; also, my speakers will occasionally make a little "pop" sound. I uninstalled the sound card driver and rebooted; XP recognized the sound card and reinstalled -- still no sound.
Today, I found your (very helpful) site and downloaded the driver for this model that you recommended to another user; still no sound. I installed UniBlue Registry Booster 2 about two weeks prior to this problem (don't know if that matters as everything was working fine just prior to loosing sound).
The Toshiba Help Center troubleshooter was unable to find the problem; do you have any ideas? I would be extremely grateful for any direction you may be able to point me towards. Thanks.
It seems logical when we see the things that you have tried. I like to advice you to try use volume dial (physical), Use Ctrl+ESC to mute-unmute main sound channel. 3rd party registry editors are really dangerous for non advanced users. it might cause some severe issues. Since you claim issue happened after installation of the said software, you may use "System Restore" by choosing earlier date that sound worked fine. If issue persists, please post for more assistance. Also you may consider Full System Recovery by using Toshiba Discs.
Posted on Apr 13, 2008
If the sound card is part of the motherboard (well it is) you are not out $1000.
Thanks to your new best friends at Creative you can get a pcmcia soundcard that is a million times better then the onboard soundcard anyway for around $80
This is a link to a review for it, but you should be able to pick this up in any half decent PC store. Avoid the major retailers at all costs.. They will sting you in the wallet for the exact same thing. Just make a few phone calls and you will be surprised how the prices will vary.
Posted on May 15, 2008
You will need a windows installation disc to repair the boot up,. If the bootup files on the hard drive are corrupt, then the computer needs the bootup files from a disc to complete a repair. If you can get a disc, this is the repair procedure......
Windows Start-up Errors
Step one, you need a Windows XP CD. If you only have a recovery disk set like the ones from HP or Compaq they will not do what you need done. Under normal circumstances however, you can use a Dell disk because the Operating system is on a stand-alone disk. All retail versions are also acceptable as well as upgrade disks. For a rule of thumb, if the disk has the Microsoft hologram it should work. You can order a boot up floppy disk from here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994 with this file, if you know how, you can use “ImageBurn” to burn the file into an ISO file which can be burned to a disk. Now make sure your computer boots to the cd rom first. If you know how to do this skip on down, if you don’t, while the computer is first starting up and you see the manufacturers splash screen, tap F12 (some computers it’s F9, others it may be another key, you may have to watch and see if the computer lists the key strokes for getting to the boot menu. If you still cannot find it, boot into the BIOS settings and change your boot order there. Save your settings and exit, the computer will now seek the cd rom as its boot source first.
Place your Windows disk in the computer and start it up. When you see the test at the top of the page “Press Any Key To Boot From CD” Just hit the space bar to activate. The next screen you will see will most likely be a Windows setup screen, when you see this press the “R” key to get to the recovery console. It will get there, it may take a little time, patience. Once it loads you will be given a choice of Windows installations, there should only be one, if there are more, always pick number one. It may ask for an administrators password, if you have not set this particular password, then just leave it blank and press enter. The next prompt you see is:
You need to type the following:
hit enter. Pay close attention to the spacing between the characters. There is a space between the character “d” and the “\”
You are now at the ROOT of the drive, this is where basic commands can be given and changed. You should now see the following:
Now type the following:
Hit the enter key.
The chkdsk /r command also includes the P command and will also look for lost recoverable information in bad sectors.
There are occasions depending on how corrupt the system is, that this process could take several hours, so be patient with it.
Now, after chkdsk has run type the following:
Hit the enter key.
It may prompt you with a warning, that’s ok, just continue. When fixboot has finished, type: EXIT hit enter and windows will reboot. When the system reboots, tap the F8 key during this time and you will see the multi-boot menu come up. Scroll to the title “Last Know Good Configuration” and hit the enter key. If you were having some simple drive errors this should have fixed them.
Posted on Oct 10, 2009
Hey, I just purchased a Wifi card that works great. The only downside is that the physical WiFiswitch on the front of the Toshiba A15-S127 does not do anything.
I purchaed it on amazon.com for $6.42 plus $3.56 shipping = $9.98 total cost. Best $10 I ever spent.
Hope this advise isn't too late for you to benefit.
Posted on Aug 18, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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