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by Bulletrushout / September 6, 2008 11:04 AM PDT

I am working with a Toshiba Satellite Laptop, Xp-Home Edition,496mb and 20Ghd. I would like to change the boot-up sequence from whatever it is presently set at to CD-ROM first. I have tried everything at start-up to get to set-up but the computer simply boot pass whatever keys or combination of keys i have tried, and i have tried them all.
Any suggestions. I would like to do a xp repair but it ignores the cd.

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You didn't mention the model
by Steven Haninger / September 6, 2008 11:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Cannot access setup

Some need a 2 key sequence and for some Toshiba models it's Esc and then F1. Most laptops I've seen will display something on the screen during post telling you how but you might need to quick eyes and fingers. Does yours mention such?

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Cannot access setup
by Bulletrushout / September 7, 2008 12:52 PM PDT

sorry for my tardiness, but so far your suggestion did not help. Please try again.
Model no. issatellite A55-S326

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I tried your suggestion, but!!!
by Bulletrushout / September 9, 2008 10:07 AM PDT
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Here is the deal with this computer.It is riddled with virus and even now suffering from the BSOD. So my intention is to wipe the HD and do a clean install. It is not booting from the CD, this is why i wanted to get into setup to set it to boot from CD-ROM. I check the manual and the Laptop does not respond to any of the major keys. Like F8 for setup,ESC OR any key that would get me to safe mode.When the computer starts up a flash of a little bar in the upper left corner, then nothing, then the scroll bars appear then request for password which it no longer accepts. Seems i am now lock out, then 2 minutes later a deep blue screen appears. Fellows i am lost and frustrated.
Toshiba Satellite, 512mb, 40ghd, XP-Home and model #A55-S326 Series(PSA50U-03C021)

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Try again.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 7, 2008 12:57 PM PDT
In reply to: Cannot access setup

Tap the ESC key as you see the red Toshiba text. And keep tapping about 2 times a second.

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Tap "esc"
by Bulletrushout / September 11, 2008 10:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Try again.

I have a lot of trust in your recommendations and suggestions. So believe me i tried that taping of the "ESC" when the TOSHIBA red writings appear, and the damn thing just went about its merry way and boot up to password screen. Then when i type nothing happens and then come the "BSOD" I wanted to take the HD out, slip it into my Dell Laptop model #PP02X IF IT FITS, and just wipe it clean from there.... but unable to locate the HD on the dell. Not sure this would work anyway.

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by bobbo4775 / October 15, 2008 2:46 PM PDT
In reply to: Tap "esc"

I don't know if this is still a problem for you, but I have the same laptop, try pressing ctrl+shift+esc I know a weird combo but it works.

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