01-24-2011 12:01 AM - edited 01-24-2011 12:50 AM
I have a Toshiba p100 laptop. I'd like to boot on a DVD. When the computer starts, the screen goes directly from black to the windows welcome screen, and there is no message that says what key to press to enter the boot menu. I've tried to press F12 but if I do the screen stays black and windows doesn't even start.
A few weeks ago (I haven't made any changes to the bios or anything like that, all I've made is windows updates), I had a white line that said which key to press (I think it was F12), but now it's not there anymore.
Can you help me ?
I've now tried 5 keys (F1, F2, F10, F12, Suppr), two of them (F2, F12) prevent windows from starting (the screen remains black, the lights stay on but the computer stop working - no fans, no noise, no mouvement), and the last 3 provide the same result as when no key is pressed at all. In all cases, I never get a bios or boot menu.
01-24-2011 06:47 AM
thanks for your answer.
i don't have an external keyboard at hand, but as far as i know, my keyboard is working properly:
-> if i hit the F keys while in windows, it does work as intended.
-> as i said in my previous post, there are some keys that make the OS not start, and that somehow means that the keyboard works...
so unless you have serious reasons to make me try that test, I think I'd not try this right now because I'd basically have to buy a keyboard, and I don't want that.
Any other ideas?
01-25-2011 11:05 AM
Turn the computer on. Then immediately press and hold the Esc key for three seconds, and then release it. When prompted to, press the F1 key. The Setup screen will appear.
The PC will have to be truly off (not suspended, or in standby mode, or in hibernation mode) for this method to work
01-26-2011 09:47 AM
This is the US site, John. Your best bet is to inquire in the European forums. You may find somebody there with new ideas.
So far as Toshiba is concerned, my guess is they will not want to deal with a machine of that vintage even if you pay them.
01-26-2011 01:28 PM
I have new intel: since the problem seemed to come from the screen (some keys (F2,F12) "work" in the sense that it does something peculiar, rather than just logging into windows, and that unordinary thing that they do is to make the screen stay black - as though the screen was not yet powered on, but the computer was waiting for a user input), I tried to link my laptop to another screen. I counfounded the vga cable extremities and ended up linking my laptop to a desktop computer instead of its screen. The result of that was rather odd: when my laptop is connected to a desktop computer, the laptop screen is powered on normally and I can see the toshiba logo and the bios/boot menu shortcuts. Other than making the screen power on, the connection had obviously no effect: I didn't see the content of the desktop computer on my laptop, I just saw my laptop as I normally do, and that's because the vga port is usually meant to be linked to another screen and not to another computer.
So what do you make of this experience, which is definitely interesting, and do you see now what could be my problem and hence how to fix it?
ps: if you have any more questions/details, please feel free to ask.
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