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Toshiba 2415-s205 wont boot


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SlitNek

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i have found another forum with this but there was no solution. When the laptop boots it starts like it was improperly shut down and asks how you would like to boot windows. no matter what you choose windows does not boot. if you choose safe mode it gets to a file W****440.SYS and haults. I have tested the drive itself and there doesnt seem to be a problem, I can even boot from a knoppix cd with no error. If i use a windows cd to boot and install an OS the computer shuts off when it askes me if i want to install the OS. For some reason it only shuts off when i try to load windows. when i ran knoppix i let it run all night long and it didnt shut down!
Problem is it must have windows, my friend dont know what hes doing with linux
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Hi, welcome to this site
remember we are working blind so bare with us
to help others reply to your question
if you haven't mentioned it yet:
- what model of computer
- what os, XPpro or home
- how old is it

sorry more questions
- do you get to the recovery console
- when you tried to load the os was that after the format stage
(if so then repairing with XPcd, or restoring the system with recovery console are out)

if so


to repair the ntldr (the ntldr is the boot loader) and the ntdetect.com (the ntdetect.com is responsible for detecting basic hardware)

fix you will need a Windows XP CD.
- stick the Windows XP CD in, and boot your computer from the CD
(once you have booted up, you will see a blue screen)

click: R
(To go into the Recovery Console)
- type: password
(if you don’t recall setting a password for the Admin, try leaving it blank then hit enter, if you get an error, that means that there was a password. You will need this password to continue)

Once in the recovery console,
type: copy D:/i386/ntldr C:
(note my CD Drive is letter D: so change this to whatever your CD Drive is and my Windows is on C: so change that drive to whatever your Windows is on):
- press: enter
( if it asks you if you want to replace a file, say yes)
- type: copy D:/i386/ntdetect.com C:
- press: enter
( if it asks you if you want to replace a file, say yes)
Then Reboot.

Edited by fleamailman, 13 November 2006 - 09:42 AM.

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SlitNek

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- what model of computer: Toshiba satellite 2415-s205

- what os, XPpro or home: XPhome

- how old is it: ?? too old for me

- do you get to the recovery console: kinda... i can get there but soon after the computer shuts off

- when you tried to load the os was that after the format stage: both.. i tried just starting it every way possible and i tried getting to repair but as soon as i hit "R" the computer turnes off. I also tried using a boot cd and formating the drive to start over and reinstall the OS. Unfortunatly there is no way to do this via the windows cd, i have also tried to install new and if i click quickly i can get to the "format ntfs" and then it shuts off. I tried many diffrent xp cd's although i know for a fact the one i was using works, just to make sure i tried a diffrent one but nothing. btw, if there is any question since i said i have more then 1 windows cd, i do own these legitly

the machine did this for no reason, it was running fine and i got a new battery from toshiba for my exact model and matched the battery spec for spec and installed it. i tried to boot and poof wont work. i didnt believe it was just because of this so when i did some reasearch nobody has left and resolution for this problem. so i have found theres just shut down for no reason and wont start and it want after a restart or change of battery it was just coincidence that i changed the batter and it wont work.
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I thought maby at first it was a cooling problem but when i left the computer on all night with knoppix nothing happend but when i use a xp cd it gets to the same spots and shuts off, if i leave it at a randow window it will stay there all night with no problem something is making is shut off and i have no idea what it could be.

when i looked at the partitions in fdisk there was only 1, there was no sub partitions or backup partitions to specify a certain recovery disk so i doubt it having to be the original recovery cd

i also took the drive out and put it in another laptop and was able to put an OS on it. i was just testing it to see if it had any bad sectors causing it not to take an OS
I did a flash BIOS update wich did nothing BTW

Edited by SlitNek, 13 November 2006 - 11:39 AM.

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when you were testing the harddrive outside your computer were you putting it into another computer or did you use a caddie, because I feel that it would be best to use the caddie get the data you need back off it, and then wipe the disk, normally in a caddie the harddrive is readable even if windows is installed on it.
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yes, i got the data off that i needed with a caddie, then i was testing the drive in a computer to see if it would take an OS or not. wich it did but the toshiba with that fresh OS and drive back in still does not boot. now it just goes to a black screen unless i boot with a cd or floppy
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I would double check to see if this microsoft article is related to your problem.

http://support.micro...kb;en-us;324764

It does seem it is some kind of graphics driver problem.

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I found the problem, while running memtest-86 v3.x the machine turned off, and it did it 2 more times. eurika! finnaly i got an answer!

this would explain why it wouldnt continue to boot, the boot dumps to memory :whistling:
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