02-12-2009 09:57 PM
02-13-2009 10:09 AM
02-13-2009 07:45 PM
02-13-2009 08:16 PM
I figured out the restore discs wont do it..
What led you to this conclusion?
Time to verify that you can boot from a bootable CD when you turn the power on. Do that.
02-15-2009 05:32 PM
I am having the same problem with an A135-S4467. No, it will not boot from a CD, even a recovery CD that is supposed to run via the ram. I think its a mobo issue but I'm not sure.
PS: to the original poster, I've never heard of a virus that would lock you out at that point in the system.
02-15-2009 06:36 PM
Hey broken stuff! The virus was my first suspect but as time pass by I think it's the mobo.. you're right I guess. Darn the mobo is quite expensive on ebay, I wish there's something else we can do... better sell it for parts I guess ei???
02-15-2009 09:26 PM
02-16-2009 09:38 AM
If the original Restore partitions was lost, the F2 or Shift-F8 will not work.
You can ask a friend if have a OEM Vista cd (same version Home, Business, etc to installa is a clonic machine)
Install in your Toshiba using same Vista key of Toshiba. Download the respective drivers from Toshiba site.
To prepare the hard disk you can boot with Ontrack Disk Wizard cd or the free Acronis DW 11 from Seagate
02-16-2009 09:41 AM
02-16-2009 10:08 AM
You're right Josepe, F2 and F8 does not work. I only have the Upgrade disc, No restore discs either. I Don't get why the Restore Partitions got lost since we swapped the hard drive on my other toshiba laptop the OS was there and is working. Is there any other way I can restore it without the vista disc?
Jerry, I can not select a boot device from BIOS. I tried that to no avail. I'm not sure what to do next, but there's a software on ebay that claims to boot any computer.
02-16-2009 10:15 PM
A friend of mine is looking into mobo's for me. I don't think it's a matter of reloading the op sys because it doesn't appear to get to a point where it ever even tries the drive. If that makes sense. I've got a usb hdd case on the way to make sure the hdd is viable (which I'm 99% positive it is). If it is, then yes, the mobo is dead. Abi, you might consider finding someone that can test the chips/capacitors/etc on the board and see if you can pinpoint what part is bad. It's cheaper then an entirely new board. Some laptop repair places offer fairly cheap diagnostics for that also. I just haven't committed myself yet. The other thing that I heard at least with my model was that sometimes when parts on the board go bad, leaving the machine to get hot may actually help it boot? Didn't work for me but perhaps it will for you. Worth a shot anyway right? I tried that, removing the wireless card (apparently if the seat is wrong it can cause a boot issue), tested both ram slots with several sets of viable ram, and a linux cd..... no dice.
Remember sometimes it pays to fix it yourself (if out of warranty of course) - for example, a no power machine is usually the powerjack which is a simple solder that repair shops charge at least 75$(usually much higher) for, and the part is actually under about 2$.
Good luck, keep me posted if you figure out yours and I will do the same if I manage to fix mine.
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