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Toshiba Satellite M30 - Unable to boot from USB drives -help

Hello All,

I am new to Toshiba forums, so greetings!

I have this weird issue for almost an year now that, my Satellite M30 notebook (little old though) is not able to boot from any USB drives such as bootable OS disk, app disk (like Acrosnis True Image ), USB external CD/DVD drives - NOTHING! I change the boot order, or use F12 and hit 'Removable Devices' but the system quick skips and return to my Windows. My internal CD drive is out of order and my only resort is USB boot for a system rescue!

Here is my system information if that helps,



Property Value
BIOS Version Version 1.60
Firmware Version 83.72
BIOS Date 08/25/2004
BIOS Size 512 KB
BIOS Starting Segment E000h
DMI Version 2.31
Characteristics - supports ISA
- supports PCI
- supports PC Card (PCMCIA)
- upgradeable (Flash) BIOS
- allows BIOS shadowing
- supports VL-VESA
- ESCD support is available
- supports booting from CD-ROM
- supports selectable boot
- supports booting from PC Card (PCMCIA)
- supports Enhanced Disk Drive specification
- supports INT 13 3.5-inch/720K floppy services
- supports INT 05 print-screen
- supports INT 09 and 8042 keyboard services
- supports INT 17 printer services
- supports ACPI
- supports legacy USB
- supports AGP
- BIOS Boot Specification supported
- Function key-initiated Network Service boot supported




Property Value
Manufacturer TOSHIBA
Product Name Satellite M30
Version PSM30E-7102E-AR
Serial Number 94695566G
Infrared (IR) Supported Yes
DMI System UUID 324A4680-09241884-8030B1D7-94695566
UUID 80464A32-2409-8418-8030-B1D794695566

Disk Space Disk C: 5466 MB Available, 25000 MB Total, 5466 MB Free
Disk D: 2582 MB Available, 32224 MB Total, 2582 MB Free
Disk F: 0 MB Available, 615 MB Total, 0 MB Free
Disk G: 6517 MB Available, 304574 MB Total, 6517 MB Free

Physical Memory 1535 MB Total, 1074 MB Free
Memory Load 30%

Virtual Memory 3434 MB Total, 3105 MB Free

PageFile Name \??\C:\pagefile.sys
PageFile Size 2046 MB
In use 21 MB
Max used 21 MB

Profile GUID {3f52f340-92f1-11e1-a3c6-806d6172696f}

The system clock interval 10 ms


Please help! What I am supposed to do/check?

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Back to Tosh.

In reply to: Toshiba Satellite M30 - Unable to boot from USB drives -help

I have to take your word that these USB sticks and drives boot fine elsewhere. If so, Tosh needs to fix this.

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It is working!

In reply to: Back to Tosh.

Yes sir, those USB drives are working everywhere else than my laptop. What am I supposed to do now?

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Talk with Tosh.

In reply to: It is working!

I think I'm reading you know about setting the boot item and more. There was this one member that left out a detail such as the USB HUB they had inbetween and another didn't reveal they had a printer plugged in. Details matter but given what you've told, it's time to call Tosh support.

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