Re: My external microphone jack and USB's doesn't work on...
I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop and experience this problem with the mike stopping suddenly too. Your solution may not be as easy as mine was, but here goes ... Did you check the audio setup? Go to Audio Properties, and click Advanced so you can see the Microphone properties. Mine was muted and it wasn't me that muted it -- just seemed to happen suddenly and hopefully it's that easy for you!!!!
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Follow the link below, it is an illustrated guide to the disassembly of the P15. Pages can be changed at the bottom of each page shown. Just copy and paste the link into your web browser's address bar.
cd tray button dead? means power failure. step one is remove that old bad shorted huge battery first. and run on AC pack only(even forever) bad power pack (or wrong kind) bad power jack on PC side it for sure needs service, guessing is not possible (or very expensive) if the P15-s420 (the dash matters ok./) Satellite P15-S420 (is the full name ok?) a true relic with only XP OS loaded. XP is trash, a pure virus magnet. 15 years old today. all batteries inside and outside are bad 15 years old not one will be good, and that is bad. the HDD will be bad too as will the CCFL LCD back lamps bad.(black screens forever) 2004 made, a pure relic with zero value.
worse yet is the DC jack is soldered down and all are cracked now. all are, if not parked on shelf for 15 years.
a better PC has pig tail jack that lasts 10x longer.
like HP 8540 has. and all top grade HP and Dell have.
not this toy grade old laptop
On the Phoenix BIOS:
Go to "Advanced BIOS Features". Go to the "1st Boot device" and set it to "USB-ZIP".
(Phoenix BIOS, Revision 6. you need to go to the Boot Order screen and select "Harddisk" and hit enter, giving you a list of IDE hard drives this BIOS prefers to call a USB device an IDE harddrive)