It seems to go through the bios setup, then comes up to a white and black screen that has 3 choices
it says "the device in the system modular bay cannot be identified. it
may not be completely inserted or may have some other problem. follow
the steps below,
1 make sure device is fully closed
2 press esc key wait for system to power down
3 press power button to retry detecting the device
well none of that stuff works, and then it just shuts down, i have nothing in any bay.
is the bios messed up, is the mobo bad? thanks in advanced! john
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Re: it won't boot to the os
The modular bay refers to the optical drive (CD drive). There is a small screw holding it, I've had machines at my shop that this screw fallen out and the drive wasn't making a good connection. Be sure that the drive hasn't slid out a bit. Take it out clean the connection and put it back, making sure it's seated properly. Try this, then let me know, and we'll go from there.
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During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup usually the Delete or F2 key this will vary depending on your operating system and computer Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios features press enter Change the first boot device to your hard drive. The BIOS is AMI. Under ADVANCED SETUP: The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include:
IDE-0 means Pri master ? IDE-1 means Pri slave ?
IDE-2 means Sec master ? IDE-3 means Sec slave ? Hope this helps.
1) You can set your boot options in your bios, watch as you laptop boots, you should see something like "Hit F2 to enter setup". Hit F2, select boot options then choose to boot from CD, HDD or external drive. Take care because you don't want to mess up your Bios. So read the screen carefully before changing anything. When you're happy, select save and exit then reboot, you should then boot from the device of choice in the order of choice.
2) Windows boot options, windows has several options for booting from, including safe mode. To do this, hit F8 several times while the laptop is booting, you should come to a screen with the several options on offer.
Turn on your laptop and look at the first screen that comes up as soon as it is on. This screen will tell you "Press x key to enter setup", replacing "x" with the actual BIOS access key. It's usually "Del" or "F2" on Toshiba systems.
Press the key firmly and quickly before the screen goes away. If you do not react quickly enough, you will miss the window of opportunity to enter the BIOS. On Toshiba systems, this window of opportunity is somewhere between two to five seconds.
Navigate your BIOS configuration screen to the "Boot" tab. It is usually just before "Exit."
As the first boot device, select "USB," or "USB HDD." If you have a "USB ZIP" option, you might be able to boot from it, so select that if you have no other choice.
Press the button for "Save and Exit" in your BIOS. The correct button is usually F10.
It seems the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) settings have been changed on this computer.
This type of error message occurs when the computer is trying to seek a network device to boot from, or is set to boot from a removable disc or other media that have bootable files stored on them that the BIOS requires prompting or selection for in order to proceed to the boot stage.
First check that there is no disc in the Optical (CD/DVD) Drive -> if there is remove it -> restart the computer by pressing and holding down the Control (Ctrl) and Alternate Value (Alt) keys 2 fingers of your left hand -> press the Delete (Del) key with your right hand -> release all 3 keys -> tap either the Del or the Function 2 (F2) key 2-3 times as the first white writing appears on the black background of the screen after powering up -> the (Power On Self Test (POST) procedure will then redirect to BIOS Settings (often referred to as Setup) -> use the keyboard arrows to navigate to Set Default Values -> press the F10 key -> press y for yes or Enter for OK -> test the boot process again.
If the computer still does not boot properly repeat the above steps to enter the BIOS Settings/Setup again -> use the keyboard arrows to navigate to Boot Menu -> arrow down to Boot Device Order -> look at the BIOSControl Options at the bottom or side of the window to find the appropriate control keys for changing the order of the boot devices (often the + and - keys, the F5 and F6 keys, the Page Up [PgUp] or Page Down [PgDn] keys -> move/promote the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to the First Boot Device position -> press F10 -> y for yes or press Enter for OK -> test the boot process again.
During the boot process you
will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup Press and hold that key
during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios
features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then
press f10 to save to cmos to restart (note after you have loaded
the operating system you must go back and change the first boot device to your
hard drive) The BIOS is AMI. Under ADVANCED SETUP:
The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include:
IDE-0 means Pri master ?
IDE-1 means Pri slave ?
IDE-2 means Sec master ?
IDE-3 means Sec slave ?
If it won't let you go to safe mode,then there's something that the BIOS(setup) or Boot Manager needs before starting the operating system(Windows Vista). You should have a Toshiba Recovery Disk which will fix this . The disk will not touch any of your current files and data,so don't worry about that.
to solve your black screen with just cursor
1. disconnect all (external) devices on your netbook
2. remove battery and adapter then press and hold the power button to drain flea power for about a minute
3. put the battery and adapter back in.
4. power on (as soon as you hit power button tap "F8" key)
5. advance boot options>safe mode (after loading still black screen and just cursor: press alt + ctrl + del then access task manager - new task > run > explorer.exe (should bring up your desktop)
6. access system restore under start > accessories > system tools > system restore
7. restore to an earlier time
to solve your re-installation of OS
1. boot to bios by pressing "F2" or "Del" (depending on your manufacturer)
2. once in bios look for restore defaults
3. save and exit
4. boot options under "F12" highlight media drive press enter and continue pressing enter until you see windows loading screen
Remember, there are many things you can do which will make your Windows installation as well as your laptop unstable, or even make it so it will not boot. Try to get into your bios. Different computers have different ways to get there - some have it on the screen, such as "hit delete key toenter bios" or "hit f12 to enter bios" or some other key combination. I think you enter the bios on your computer by pressing F10 repeatedly while booting. You should get to the setup screen. See if your hard drive is listed. You should see a hard drive as well as a dvd drive. If your drive is not listed, either someone has changed your setup so it is not the boot drive, or your drive may have gone bad. While you are in the setup, if it is not already the first choice, make your dvd (or cd) drive the first boot device. If it shows up, make the hard drive the second choice. Then when you boot, the Ubuntu should load. Try not to make any other changes, as you can make your laptop unuseable.
1. Turn on your computer 2. press the proper key in order to enter bios setup while black screen in progress. this key may f2 or f8 3. investigate the boot device order 4. set the cdrom as #1 5. press f10 key to save and exit. 6. put a bootable installation CD/DVD into the cd/DVD reader's tray. 7. cut off the po-wer 9. power on the computer
if everything ok, the computer will check the cdrom device to boot and start booting from cd.