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Toshiba Portege M300 laptop not detecting external devices

I have TOSHIBA PORTEGE M300 laptop.
Windows XP is the OS installed.
Due to some problem, i am not able to run it in normal mode.
I am able to log in only in safe mode.
i tried to repair the windows XP OS in the safe mode.
But unfortunately the laptop is not detecting the cd or any other external device in safe mode.
This happened when i tried to restore the system to last working configuration.
The system didnt respond for this and it disabled all the services. I was not even able to connect to the net.
Then i went to computer management and manually enabled some of the services and now i am able to connect to net.
But, my laptop is not detecting any external device now.
I dont know which is the service responsible for detecting external devices.
Please let me know if you can provide any inputs on this.
this is really buggin me out.
you can mail me also: udayasankarc@gmail.com

thanks in advance,
cheers
uday

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Did you try booting from the Restore CDs?

In reply to: Toshiba Portege M300 laptop not detecting external devices

I wonder if this is that age old story of someone installing XP Pro? The OS and other details are missing.

Bob

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please lemme know the details you need

In reply to: Did you try booting from the Restore CDs?

i tried booting from the installation CD for Windows XP..
but its not happening.. :((..

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That's a sign.

In reply to: please lemme know the details you need

But please tell if there is any sign of someone installing XP Pro (retail or other version.) You need to tell the full story as well as what's asked for when you post (words in red.)

I don't ask since the forum note asks for me.

Bob

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