What is happening now is that when he turns the computer on (Toshiba Satellite C650) it starts to load with the Toshiba logo and then it says "Disc read error" and stops loading. Windows doesn't load. It stays on disc read error.
He tried using his recovery discs, but once he inserts the 2nd disc everything stops and the recovery process doesn't happen.
He can get onto the setup utility page but doesn't know what to do next. Any ideas?
EDIT: Having searched around on the internet, I found someone on a forum who was having a similar problem and it seems the problem was as simple as his own burned disc, containing Windows 7 (which is the operating system for my brother's laptop also), was not being read. My brother's recovery discs are, obviously, also burned. This chap on the forum tried an original Vista disc he had and it was actually read. He eventually downloaded Windows 7 from a site and burned that to disc following specific instructions for burning this software to disc, this time he didn't get the "disc read error". This time, the disc was being read and the process began to fix some errors and restore things.
Is this the likely problem and, if so, how can he get hold of Windows 7 and burn it to disc correctly so that it can be read properly?
Edited by cleanprophet, 02 May 2012 - 06:45 AM.