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Toshiba Satellite A85 S107 No Sound issue

by russvt1 / April 3, 2008 10:55 AM PDT

I have a Toshiba Satellite A85 S107 Laptop thats about 3 years + old.
It has XP Home with SP2
About a month ago I got the unit back from a repair shop (out of warranty) after getting the CPU cooling fan replaced. The unit had been shutting off by itself randomly and after some research and some $ the local "Best Buy" sent it out and replaced the fan.
When I got the unit back I basically started over with it and ran the recovery disk so when all was said and done it was a new unit. It ran good for about a week and then the 1gig additional RAM chip I put in it after I bought it new failed. I got the new RAM chip replaced and it seemed to be running great.
2 days ago for some reason or other the sound stopped working. I have gone through troubling shooting problems to attempt to determine if the issue is software or hardware related. There appear to be no software related issues (at least to the best of my abilities)
I then ran my recovery CD again and started from scratch reinstalling all of the original software and drivers and started as if "out of the box from the store again"
Once I did this I ran Toshibas PC Diagnostic tool and all of the sound tests failed.
Based on this information I am seeking some input.
If it was a software or driver issue would running the recovery disk typically deal with the problem?
Based on the 1st problem that showed up with CPU fan failing and continuing to run the computer off and on for a couple of days before the random shut offs become more frequent and I sent it out for repair. Then the RAM chip failure and now possibly the motherboard (at least I think that is where the internal sound is supplied from) would it be "reasonable" to think that the unit suffered some damage because of the high heat issue and more components are soon to fail as well.
I'm fairly computer literate but getting real frustrated with this computer.
My bottom line question is $ on repair.
$ on upgrading certain key components and if I chose this route are there any repair guides available so I could attempt the repair myself?

Or do I just cut my losses now and look at a new unit??


Thanks for any feedback you might offer

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Does not look good.
by megamannt92 / April 3, 2008 11:12 AM PDT

If you ran a system restore disk and its still not working its probably a hardware issue. You could get PC card Sound unit, Creative sells them for around 50$.

They don't make Toshiba Satellite's like the used to...

I have 10 + year old Toshiba Satellite 460CDX P1 133mhz laptop that still runs well.

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I'd cheat.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 3, 2008 11:20 AM PDT

Look for any USB sound system. Even an USB headset could have you put off the new laptop for a few months.
Bob

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