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Toshiba laptop won't boot.

by kemperhills / September 14, 2011 2:47 AM PDT

I bought my son a Toshiba Satellite C655-S5132 laptop running Windows 7 for Christmas. He used the laptop about a week ago, and a couple of days ago tried to use it and it won't boot. Most of the time when the computer is turned on there is simply a blank screen. Sometimes a scree will show up that has Toshiba's name on it with F2 go to utility manager and F12 go to boot manager in the bottom left corner then a blank screen. Then sometimes it screen with Toshiba's name and the F2 and F12 will show up and them after a while something that looks like and underline that is blinking will show up in the upper left hand corner and there will appear a message that says ...

Intel UNDI, PXE-2.0 (build 083)

ForAtheros PCIE Ethernet Controller v2.0.1.9(12/15/09)

Check cable connection
PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel PXE Rom.
No bootable device--insert boot disk and press any key

When it opens pressing F2 in Setup Utility the system time is correct, the System Date is correct and Language is in English. You can enter these three and change them. But the CPu Type, Cpu Speed, HDD/SSD, Total memoy Size, an Sytem Bios Version cannot be selected or entere.

The boot manager can be entered and the boot sequence can be changed. Nothing else can be done, can't even enter safe mode.

So does anyone have any idea why this laptop won't boot. Or is the computer history. We have lost the receipt so Toshiba won't talk about repair.

The computer was on sale for a little over $300 so to take it to a computer repair place will probably cost more that simply getting another computer on sale.

Thanks for any help

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Sounds like a dead hard drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 14, 2011 2:54 AM PDT

But why not try one of those LIVE CDs? Google UBUNTU for one I use a lot. It boots from CD, no install and gives me a good idea about the machine's health.

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Sounds like
by kemperhills / September 14, 2011 9:28 AM PDT
Well, might be, the computer doesn't recognize the SSD. Thanks for the help.
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SSD's are hit and miss
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 14, 2011 10:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Sounds like

I see it came with a 250GB HDD. Time to put that back in?

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SSD's are hit and miss.
by kemperhills / September 14, 2011 11:26 PM PDT
In reply to: SSD's are hit and miss
Happy Can't Proffitt, it has the HD that came in the computer. Grin
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I looked at the Toshiba Satellite C655-S5132
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2011 1:16 AM PDT

And it came with a 250GB HDD. You wrote SSD which isn't stock according to Toshiba.

I noted it in hopes you could slip the original drive back in. At least HDDs are cheap now.

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I looked at
by kemperhills / September 15, 2011 7:41 AM PDT

Ok, in the BIOS it is listed as HDD/SSD I just typed the last three. Blush

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2011 8:02 AM PDT
In reply to: I looked at

Makes a lot more sense (to me.)

HDDs are pretty cheap now. While I really like the speed boost I got from that 99 buck Seagate Hybrid HDD some will cringe at that price. I think the stock model is 49 bucks now.

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I have seen that before
by TWB404 / September 14, 2011 3:13 AM PDT

The last time I saw that the BIOS had been password protected. It will allow you in for the very basic of things but you can not change anything. How are you getting into BIOS? Do you get any windows that look like you should type a password or anything else?

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I have seen
by kemperhills / September 14, 2011 9:32 AM PDT

No, no password windows appear. And when I press the F2 button it takes me to utility setup where the HD is listed and it shows that the HD is not recognized. I was hoping that something had happened that could be fixed, but it looks like the SSD may have fried.

Thanks for the reply.

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Try this
by TWB404 / September 14, 2011 10:53 AM PDT
In reply to: I have seen

If you want to test try this. Follow the procedure below to see if you can reset the BIOS back to factory setting. If it will not do this there is a password in play. This should not cause any problems, I reset BIOS all the time. BUT, I offer no guarantee on how it might affect your laptop.

To change BIOS settings to default power on the system. While the Toshiba logo is being displayed, press the F2 function key to start BIOS Setup. From the BIOS setup screen press the F9 key to load defaults. The system will prompt the user confirming that the settings are to be reset. Press the enter key then press the F10 key and follow the prompts to save settings and exit. The computer will automatically reboot.

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Try this
by kemperhills / September 14, 2011 11:28 PM PDT
Happy TWB, tried that before I posted. But thanks for the help. Happy
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