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I'm at my wits end with this laptop. Right now I can't get it to start up Windows. Here's some history: March 08 - Purchased from Best Buy as an open box (display) item. July 09 - Laptop was dropped and damaged the HD. Installed HD from older Satellite (50GB) after recovering files from damaged HD. April 10 - AC power cord falling apart, wires exposed near jack causing occassional shorts. Replaced with Kensington power cord. July 10 - Old HD fails, replaced with new 500GB from Newegg. Works for 2 weeks, then system crashes and won't reboot Windows. Recovery disc of no help. Windows Repair options useless. Most options just cycle back to restart. Safe Mode loads to driver crcdisk.sys, stops, then cycles back to reboot. Running Windows Vista Home Premuim. Avast anti-virus, Malwarebytes anti-malware, Microsoft Office 2007. My power cord is good and still charges the battery. The HD is good as it is brand new. Could I have a bad motherboard? I don't want to go throwing money at this thing for something that is not bad, but also don't want to drop $700 on a new laptop as this one is still less than 3 years old. Someone help me please!

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I have personally worked on over a dozen of this model, all of which were "Display Models" for some reason, all from either Wal-Mart or Best Buy. The laptop getting dropped probably has nothing to do with it, several models from the last two or three years from both Toshiba and Dell have had major issues with HDDs becoming corrupted or damaged internally for NO reason, but for some other 'strange reason' neither of them will acknowlege these obvious design flaws.
I would think going to some place like Tigerdirect.com and looking for a new one (not a Dell or Toshiba) would be a smart idea- Cut your losses and list that dead one on ebay "As-Is'

Posted on Sep 17, 2010

  • crxmanpat Sep 17, 2010

    Well, the HDD did go bad right after it was dropped, but we replaced the HDD with an older one and it ran fine up until the older HDD died. New HDD installed and worked fine, but only for 2 weeks. Now trying to determine what is wrong so I can fix it.

    I will say this, my most recent purchase is an ASUS and I love it! I just can't drop another $700 right now for a new one.

    Pat

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