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Toshiba Satellite Laptop Won't Boot!


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Yup,.. I think it's gone. I don't have an Xp cd to try and repair it by pressing "r" the way the error message says. I can't run it in safe mode or anything of the sort.
I dont have a floppy drive to do the boot disk thing Microsoft recommends.
I was able to boot from a Knoppix cd (Linnux, I think ),.. but thats about it.
Any suggestions before I lose everything??
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Hi Chaze!

Take a look at this link and follow along with what it says. You said you don't have the windows XP CD, so download the Recovery Console CD image from HERE and burn it to a CD and boot off of it to get to the recovery console.

If you can't burn the file to a CD, then you are just going to have to wait until you can get/borrow an XP CD from someone so that you can do what is suggested in the first link I posted in this reply.

Good luck!

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Edited by Fenor, 20 November 2005 - 08:35 PM.

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Hi Chaze!

Take a look at this link and follow along with what it says. You said you don't have the windows XP CD, so download the Recovery Console CD image from HERE and burn it to a CD and boot off of it to get to the recovery console.

If you can't burn the file to a CD, then you are just going to have to wait until you can get/borrow an XP CD from someone so that you can do what is suggested in the first link I posted in this reply.

Good luck!

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Ok,... thanks for pointing me to the disk.
But,.. I'm a little stuck in the beginning.

Part one
In part one, you start the Recovery Console, create a temporary folder, back up the existing registry files to a new location, delete the registry files at their existing location, and then copy the registry files from the repair folder to the System32\Config folder. When you have finished this procedure, a registry is created that you can use to start Windows XP. This registry was created and saved during the initial setup of Windows XP. Therefore any changes and settings that occurred after the Setup program was finished are lost.

To complete part one, follow these steps: 1. Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted to do so.
2. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
3. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.
4. When you are prompted to do so, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.
5. At the Recovery Console command prompt, type the following lines, pressing ENTER after you type each line:
md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\config\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\config\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak


I don't know where to type that md tmp?? :tazz:
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You type that in after you have logged into your windows installation in the recovery console using either your XP CD or the recovery console CD. Once you are at the c:\WINDOWS prompt.

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You type that in after you have logged into your windows installation in the recovery console using either your XP CD or the recovery console CD. Once you are at the c:\WINDOWS prompt.

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Ok,.. I got that part already. Thanks for your help.

But,.. after I get to the part where I'm suppose to type "delete c:\"
After I type the last part (default)...I get an error message that reads "file cannot be found"
I hope it didnt have anything to do with the power going out on my laptop... :tazz:
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I suggest you do what it says about creating the .txt file by copying and pasting the code into notepad and saving it as regcopy1.txt and putting it on a floppy disk and typing batch regcopy1.txt when you are in the Recovery Console.

Sorry for the delay in responding but I was at work earlier and we got busy and the had an hour drive home. Normally I'm much faster in replying. :tazz:

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I suggest you do what it says about creating the .txt file by copying and pasting the code into notepad and saving it as regcopy1.txt and putting it on a floppy disk and typing batch regcopy1.txt when you are in the Recovery Console.

Sorry for the delay in responding but I was at work earlier and we got busy and the had an hour drive home. Normally I'm much faster in replying. :)

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I have no floppy drive on my laptop. :tazz:
Any other suggestions??
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Just type the text carefully and double check it before you hit ENTER. Not much else I can tell ya to do.

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Just type the text carefully and double check it before you hit ENTER. Not much else I can tell ya to do.

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Thanks,.. I'll give it a try and post any error messages I receive...
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:) :tazz:

Thanks,.. I'll give it a try and post any error messages I receive...

Now when I type the first line,.. I get "the system cannot find the file specified".
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What was the first line you typed?

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What was the first line you typed?

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first, I type md tmp, then hit enter,....it says the path'/file aready exists.
then I type the first line of part 1,..then it says cannot find file specified.. the same thing for line two.
I'm totally lost. :tazz:
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Sorry Chaze, but I was really busy during the holiday weekend and haven't been able to be on here as much as I would of liked. Have you tried creating the txt file and running the batch command on it in the Recovery Console? Copy & Paste the text to notepade, don't do it by hand, so you are sure there are no typos.

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Sorry Chaze, but I was really busy during the holiday weekend and haven't been able to be on here as much as I would of liked. Have you tried creating the txt file and running the batch command on it in the Recovery Console? Copy & Paste the text to notepade, don't do it by hand, so you are sure there are no typos.

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Thanks,..but I just purchased a 5 gig usb drive and transferred all the data.
Then I had to reformat.
Wasn't too hard.
Thanks for your time. :tazz:
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