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I have a toshiba A205-S5804 and when i turn my lpt on it goes to a black screen with a blinking line at the top and then it says media test failure,check cable and exiting PXE ROM. Operating system not found

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Hit F2 on Bootup. Check and see if your HDD is listed in media. If the PC cannot see it, it is bad and needs to be reseated or replaced. Burn a copy of "linux minty 14" onto a DVD (998MB too big for CD-R) and try and boot from that (F12 boot options, use - key on hdd on top to move down below CDROM and then itll boot from the CD. it is a live CD so youll be able to work on it, just a little slow but you dont even need a hard drive.

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You have a Windows installation disk, put that in the DVD drive and see if it reads that. The computer won't boot because Windows is not loaded on to your computer it sounds like.

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My monitor is black but i can still see the desktop somewhat. what could be wrong with it?


Your lcd's inverter has gone bad. Google: "Toshiba Satellite A205-S5804 Inverter". They're about 20 bucks. Then to replace Unscrew or pry apart your screen bezel and it will probably be under or above your lcd. Then just unplug and replace.

Oct 24, 2012 | Toshiba Satellite A205-S5804 PC Notebook

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Toshiba satellite monitor is scrambled, how to fix?


Check to see if the problem is the screen Inverter, or the graphics chipset, or the LCD screen.
Use an external monitor as a test.

If the screen of the external monitor shows a scrambled display you have a problem with the graphics chipset.

If the screen of the external monitor does Not show a scrambled display, you have a problem with the screen Inverter, or the LCD screen.

90 PERCENT of the time the fault is the screen Inverter.


External Monitor;
1) You can use a CRT monitor, (Looks like a small TV), as a VGA monitor,
Or
2) You can use a flat LCD screen monitor that has a VGA cable.

A) Laptop OFF, and monitor OFF, attach the VGA cable from the External monitor, to the VGA port on the Toshiba Satellite A205 series Notebook PC.

This is an example of a VGA cable, and it's connector, and a VGA connector on the laptop,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA_connector

B) Turn the monitor on. If it is a CRT style let it 'warm up'.
Turn the laptop on.

C) The display is supposed to automatically show up on the external monitor.
If it does not, press, and hold down on the Fn key, and also press the F5 key.

Still no?
Holding the Fn key down, tap the F5 key again.

Display good on external monitor? Problem lies with the screen Inverter, or the LCD screen.
Either OR.

Primer:
An LCD screen does not produce light. It needs an additional light source.
A Backlight is the additional light source.

A Backlight is a CCFL.
Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp.
Similar to Fluorescent lighting used in homes, and businesses, but on a MUCH smaller scale.

An Inverter (screen Inverter) is used to convert the electricity provided by the laptop, for the LCD screen, and Backlight.

As previously stated, 90 PERCENT of the time the fault is the Inverter.

Laptop open looking at the display assembly, the plastic thin frame in front of the LCD screen, and surrounds the LCD screen, is the Display Bezel. (Resembles a picture frame)

The Display Bezel is removed to access the screen Inverter.
The Inverter is right behind the Display Bezel, and located at the bottom area of the LCD screen.

The Display Assembly has to be removed from the laptop, to remove the Display Bezel.
Toshiba's term for the Display Bezel is Display Mask.

The Toshiba Satellite A205-S5804 Notebook PC is one of the Satellite A205 series of Notebook PC's.
This is a link to a free Service Manual for a the Satellite A205 series of Notebook PC's,

http://www.tim.id.au/blog/tims-laptop-service-manuals/#toc-toshiba

Scroll down to the second Satellite heading. The one that begins with Satellite A10.
Scroll across, and click on A200.

After you click on A200 it may take as long as 30 seconds before the first page comes up.
It may also take additional time for the file to fully download.

At the top of the PDF file is the page number box. It is to the right of the Down Arrow.
Go to Page 146.
4.10 Display Assembly

Page 151 shows how to remove the Display Mask.
4.11 Display Mask

Page 153 deals with the screen Inverter.
4.12 FL Inverter Board

Takes a really sensitive (Read fairly expensive) multimeter to test an Inverter.
Due to the low price, and ease of replacing, the screen Inverter is replaced to test whether the old one is bad.

Example of a screen Inverter (FL Inverter Board) for a Satellite A205-S5804 Notebook PC,

http://www.batterysupport.com/toshiba-satellite-a205-s5804-inverter-p-216526.html

Compare to the price of a replacement LCD screen,

http://www.laptopscreen.com/English/model/Toshiba/SATELLITE~A205-S5804/

To summarize so far;
1) Display shows good on external monitor. Replace screen Inverter. Still the same problem? Replace the LCD screen.

2) Display on external monitor is scrambled also?
Fault lies with the graphics chipset.

Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_Circuit

The graphics chipset is a GPU.
Graphics Processing Unit,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPU

The GPU for a Toshiba Satellite A205-S5804 Notebook PC (Part Number PSAF3U-0NR00V), is an Intel (Mobile) GL960 Express,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_chipsets#Core_2_mobile_chipsets

It is soldered directly to the motherboard, therefore it is Integrated Graphics.

{Integrated Graphics is also known as OnBoard graphics.
ON the motherBOARD.
The GPU is soldered to the motherboard.

In comparison if the GPU were soldered to a removable adapter card, it would be a graphics card, and Not integrated graphics }

This means if the graphics chipset is found to be bad, motherboard replacement is the solution.

{ Disassembly guide,

http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/toshiba-satellite-a205/laptop-disassembly-1.htm }

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Nov 05, 2011 | Toshiba Satellite A205-S5804 Notebook

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My girlfriend has a PSAF3U-0NR00V Toshiba laptop and the monitor gave out. Any way to get a replacement without buying a whole computer?


Yes, you can change just the LCD screen. In this case, for Toshiba PSAF3U-0NR00V Satellite A205-S5804 you need part number V000061680 which ranges around $150.
Here is a parts seller for reference: http://www.sparepartswarehouse.com/part.aspx?partnumber=V000061680&mfg=OEM&sdevicetype=Laptop

Nov 15, 2010 | Toshiba Satellite A205-S5804 Notebook

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Toshiba model A205 S5804 ; where is the lid switch


No Lid Switch...
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Nov 25, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Will Not Power Up


YOUR COMPUTER MAY HAVE BURN OR OVER HEATED.....

SO UR GONNA HAVE TO CONTACT TOSHIBA
TELL THEM WHAT IS WRONG OR WHAT HAPPEND....

Nov 29, 2008 | Toshiba Satellite A205-S5804 Notebook

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Hard disk help


Hi
I have Satellite A205-S5804
Im try to download wendows xp to my lap top
Iwas do it successful
But I cant find any driver for my lap top
Like vga –Ethernet- sound-display-wireless
Plz can u help me

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