04-17-2011 07:50 PM
My Sattelite is the A205. I was not able to start factory recovery from recommended options so I tried loading the OS from an install disk - bad idea. Now none of the bootup options are available. But I can see that the restore partition is still there. My question is, can I boot to a command prompt, change to the restore partition and inintiate the factory restore process? Or are there any other opeions other than ordering the restore DVD set?
04-17-2011 11:40 PM - edited 04-18-2011 12:07 AM
Given what you've done, the odds are not good. But, try the steps in this article:
But, you need to be able to get to the 'Advanced Boot Options' menu.
04-18-2011 09:15 PM
I tried that. But since the wiping and installing-over of the original OS, the options have changed. But I did in fact tried that before this and it didn't work then either. I explored all the "Repair Computer" etc. options and all of them asked for a backup media instead of bring up the restore partition. I don't know why Toshiba makes this so hard. Also don't know why they apparently refuse to post all the drivers for download so I can just install from an XP setup disk. XP does not have drivers for modem, sound, wireless, NIC or graphics! I checked the downloads for this model and neither does Tosiba. Shame on them!
04-18-2011 09:31 PM
This is a peer support forum. Even though Toshiba USA freely provides this space, no Toshiba techs, customer support, or other personnel view, comment on, or offer advice here.
But, there are quite a few knowledgeable users and Toshiba owners here who are happy to help you in anyway they can. Please post your full model number, like Satellite A205-S4537. Also, please include your laptop's part number, like PSAF0U-01P010. You can find this information on the Toshiba label on the bottom of your laptop.
After you post this information, let's see if we can find the XP drivers you need to get working again. Don't despair just yet.
04-19-2011 02:15 PM
My original inquirey regards the following Toshiba Satellite laptop model:
A205-S5800 System Unit
MOdel No. PSAF3U-0NQ015
OS: Windows Vista Home Basic
04-19-2011 07:38 PM - edited 04-19-2011 07:41 PM
It is unclear to me now if you are trying to use a Windows Vista 32 disk, or a Windows XP disk, to try to rebuild your system.
If you have a Vista 32 disk, use that and the Windows Vista(32) drivers/utilities from your Toshiba USA site.
In that case install the drivers and utilities in this order:
Then all the other Vista hardware drivers for your system. Use this method to help you identify any unknown devices for example your WiFi card:
After loading the hardware drivers, then load the Toshiba utilities/software in this order:
Then all the other Toshiba utilities and software
However, if you want to install Windows XP, we can use the Toshiba Australia version of your model, and the XP drivers for it:
In this case, first, you will need to download the storage driver to a floppy disk or CD to install when requested by the XP setup:
Then after XP initial setup, load these drivers in this order:
Then all the other hardware drivers for your system.
Next, load the Toshiba utilities and software:
Then all the Toshiba XP utilities and software.
However, you may decide that getting your system's Recovery Disks is an easier, more efficient way to go, and worth the investment. This will rebuild your unit's hard drive recovery partition and automatically reload your OS, as well as all the drivers and software your system came with, to return it to its factory default out-of-the-box state. The instructions for running these disks begin on page 64 of your A200-A205 Series User Guide. The overall Toshiba Recovery utility instructions begin on page 57.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do, please let us know if we can be of further help.
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