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Hard drive failed, new hard drive won't boot

by Jagalubnan / February 6, 2013 12:00 PM PST

Toshiba Satellite A665
I bought this laptop 14 months ago, last month the laptop refused to boot. It would say:
Isolinux disk error 05, ax4250, drive 9f
Boot failed

Often times on boot it would just show the black screen with a blinking underscore.

I tried all my known methods and nothing so I took it to a couple of shops. Both said that the hard drive was beyond repairable and not recoverable.
So I bought a new hard drive, installed it with the Toshiba recovery media. The recovery and install on new and drive went well. Had to restart, and upon restart, the original problem came up again- black screen with blinking underscore. I am unable to boot up. Any suggestions?

Thank you all

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The first message is that Linux boot manager.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 6, 2013 12:49 PM PST

if the restore media failed my only guesses are the bios is not set to defaults or the machine has other bad parts.

Too bad the full details are not here.

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by Jagalubnan / February 6, 2013 1:23 PM PST

My problem is I'm not even able to get past the black screen. So I can't press F2 or anything to check the bios. It's still a relatively new laptop I don't understand by there would be bad parts on it, it's really a shame. 1 month past the warranty end date as if it was planned haha. What other details can I provide?

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As a test.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 7, 2013 1:27 AM PST
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Unplug the HDD. Again, I'm working with so few details that I can't offer much.

Some laptops would give that cursor (cursing?) screen if the HDD was too new/big/fast? But the new and old HDD model numbers are not here for me to take a look.

I'd unplug the HDD for now.

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