I'm trying to upgrade a faulty HD for a friend. Originally he hit his lappy (the Toshiba this board is for) and it started booting Windows but wouldn't get past the Windows loading screen (started reseting) and wouldn't get into safe-mode. I thought it might be a corrupted HD, but when I was running a surface scan he got impatient and stopped it close to the beginning of phase 4 (of windows' scandisk running in an enclosure). Then it stopped booting at all and there are now hundreds of corrupt sectors (I really shouldn't let this guy own a computer. :) ). So I formatted an old HD of mine and stuck it in his lappy to try and install XP Home. Problem is, when I formatted it, it didn't clear the boot sector and GRUB was throwing an error because it couldn't find the partition tables. Since this is still technically a valid boot disk, his lappy wouldn't try to boot from the CD. So I had to use another laptop to install XP Home onto that hard drive since I couldn't figure out how to change the boot order on his. After the installer made the HD bootable I stopped it and put this HD into his laptop again. Now it won't boot to anything. It will recognize that Windows didn't boot properly on the previous load, but even after saying "start Windows normally" (and it works fine at this screen) and waiting 5 minutes, nothing happens. What might be causing this problem? I should mention that the fan is NOT turning at any point during this. I think it might be broken because I can't feel or hear air moving inside other than the HD and the CD drive.
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Probably a faulty hard drive. go into the setup screen and verify the HD setting is correct. save your settings and reboot. if this doesn't solve it, then take out battery and disconnect power, remove hard drive and reconnect. try reboot. if none of that works, then replace hard drive and reinstall OS.
Computer does not boot up The problem maybe the RAM, it is faulty or just needs reseating to make proper electrical contact. Reseat the RAM and then boot up your laptop. If it still does not boot up then remove the RAM module/s and take them to your friendly computer repair shop and get them to test the RAM for you. Just like you sometimes need a mechanic to repair your car, sometimes you do need a technician to diagnose and identify the fault or faults on your computer. Not only does a good service technican have the experience to deal with this type of problem, they also have the equipment that allows them to look at things the average computer user can't see, and he has a collection of replacement parts that can be used to quickly test individual components on your computer.
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Try hitting F8 during startup and choose last known good configuration. Or you could try starting in safe mode and doing a system restore. Have you made any changes to the system prior to this problem, as sometimes installing programs/drivers can cause similar issues. If so you will need to remove or configure the program causing the conflict. You can do this in safe mode.
Making a bootable flash drive involves a few tricks. I have had much better success using a utility to do the setup on those. Doing it manually works but not all the time.
I'd beg borrow or buy a usb dvd drive and boot off the install cd if nothing else. These have really dropped in price and are handy to have around.
I'm assuming you have set the bios to boot from the flash drive before it hits the hard drive? You would also have to set it to hit the usb dvd drive prior to the hd as well if you go that way.
When you get it booted it will ask if you want to format the drive before installing. You can also just pick a new directory to put windows in as well.
Don't forget to download all the drivers from Toshiba. You will need system info, video, and a network at the very least to get running and able to download the rest. These are very handy on a flash drive to plug in when you get xp started.
Changing boot sequence.
Go to bios setting, click "F2" upon start up( when you read the bios and HD readout ). Choose the part boot sequence, click " enter" and choose what drive will be use first.
Save the settings upon exit.
You need to get disk for Vista from anyone and then use your windows product key mentioned on the sticker on back of your Toshiba Laptop to install Vista again on your computer. But as you had already formatted it so all data is lost now.
get a lappy external caddy that is powered by usb place new harddrive in it. download a copy of hirens sorry dont have the link or use norton ghost ifyou have that boot lappy to os then load cd norton ghost or hirens.hirens has multiple software to disk copy simple and user friendlyso hirens is you best bet. after disk copy swap lappy drive around. send lappy model if you dont know how to install new harddrive i'll loook up to hirensfor you but you could try it was easy to find the last time i got it.
Sounds like you have a "loose connection" in your lappy, thats NOT acceptable with a new unit.
I suggest ya take it back to the shop and quietly "read em the riot act"... and get replacement or repair...... A repacement would be the most desireable outcome, as far as I would be concerned, Claiming under the "Manufacturers Defect" side of things.
One should NOT have to "Hit" any device to make it work.. more so when new!