I've got an old Toshiba Satellite (2435-s255) that has been down and out for a few years. It would be cool to get it running again, but I am stumped. This may be an impossible challenge but I will list out everything I can discern and see what you guys think.
Here is what is happening:
-- the initial problem was that I would get a BSOD, immediately after Windows loading bar graphic (XP), stating c000218 (see this thread http://phorums.com.a...p/t-135305.html ) which appears to be a corrupt registry error
-- The Toshiba will post to bios, I can update settings, it will save them upon restart. (CMOS ok)
-- RAM checks out fine, tried swapping out sticks and all work. (RAM ok)
-- CD/DVD drive is totally nonfunctional. (unable to access factory disks/boot from factory discs on this laptop)
-- I managed to completely delete all partitions by swapping out this HD into another laptop (a newer model Toshiba) and running that computer's factory disc utilities.
-- I was unable to reformat the dead laptop's HD using the dead L's factory discs in the newer laptop (gave me ASCI character error saying WRONG MACHINE, kinda funny)
*put newly wiped HD back into dead laptop.
-- after posting/Toshiba splash screen, it drops to DOS and says some message about Realtek Ethernet EMX...basically some type of NIC failure. This message cycles in infinite loop
-- Have tried booting with factory discs using an external CD drive...No luck, just keeps repeating the NIC error
So, the only thing I can think of doing at this point (besides just throwing it away) is to:
-- buy an external 2.5" enclosure
-- format it via the factory discs using another computer...
But is that even possible? Or is there an easier method that I am just not seeing here?
Thank you for any advice you may have.