Toshiba boot trouble

Toshiba satellite / S1410 s102
March 27, 2009 at 08:02:58
Specs: Windows XP HE, 1.60GHz/128mb
I have aquired a Toshiba Satellite 1410 on booting up the Toshiba main screen comes up then going to "Invalid System Disk Replace disk and then press any key"..it did come with a Product Recovery CD Rom disk,but I still get the same message when I try putting this disk in..by holding down "Esc" and pressing "1" I get into Bios and the boot priority reads HDD-FDD-CD/ROM-LAN but nothing I have tried can change the boot priority,I tried putting a new OS disc in and get the same "Invalid System Disk" message.AQny help would be gratefully recieved...

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#1
March 27, 2009 at 08:08:01
Is there a floppy disk inserted?

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#2
March 27, 2009 at 08:36:22
No there is a floppy disk port but nothing inserted.

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#3
March 27, 2009 at 10:50:19
The hard drive may no longer be bootable for some reason. That said, you should be able to boot to the CD drive when using a bootable disk.

You say you tried changing the boot order in the BIOS. Did you save the changes when exiting? You need to watch the screens for a message to hit any key to boot from the CD. If you don't hit a key the computer will skip over the CD and go to the hard drive, which may be messed up.

Verify your CD is bootable by trying it on a different computer. You can just quit if it starts to boot to the WinXP CD.


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#4
March 27, 2009 at 11:11:09
When I said I tried to change the boot order this was not from Bios as the Satellite 1410 does'nt allow that,you have 5 automatic selectable icons when the "In Touch With Tomorrow Toshiba" screen comes up when you boot,I actually tried to force the laptop to boot from CD by removing hard drive then booting up forcing the Boot Agent to change when I put the recovery disk in then switching it off,putting the hard drive back in and rebooting,sadly this was fruitless..
I have check the disk in 2 different computers and it works fine on them..I am now at a total loss..

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#5
March 27, 2009 at 11:27:45
Are you sure the BIOS doesn't allow you to change the boot order? If it doesn't then the CD must always be before the hard drive. Otherwise there would be no way to ever boot to a CD for any purpose.

Sometimes the method required to change the order of thing in some BIOS screens is kind of cryptic. You may need to highlight the CD drive and then get an option to move up or toggle using the page up/ dn or arrow keys.


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#6
March 27, 2009 at 13:26:15
You were absolutely correct..I have managed through trial and error to change the Boot Priority,but still I get the same result when I try to load a new operating system...it still says the same thing "invalid system disk"

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#7
March 27, 2009 at 13:38:55
Do you see a message to hit any key to boot from the CD? If not, then either the CD is not set ahead of the hard drive, is not working or the boot disk is not good.

When exiting the BIOS you must save the changes.


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#8
March 27, 2009 at 13:49:35
Yes I chose "Exit & Save Changes"
The message I get now is.....
Intel Boot Agent Version 4.1.06
PXE-E61: Media test Failure,check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent
..
..
Invalid System Disk.
Replace the disk and then press any key.
The Operating System Disk works in other computers I have...so the disk is fine

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#9
March 27, 2009 at 14:53:19
It sounds like you are attempting to boot to a network drive. Check the entire boot order to make sure you don't have anything other than your floppy in front of the CD drive.

Is the CD drive an internal drive?


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#10
March 27, 2009 at 15:05:31
My boot order is as follows at the moment..
CD/ROM-LAN-FDD-HDD
The other options are as follows
*CD/ROM-LAN-HDD-FDD
*FDD-HDD-CD/ROM-LAN
*FDD-CD/ROM-LAN-HDD
*HDD-FDD-CD/ROM-LAN
*HDD-CD/ROM-LAN-FDD
..
This is the full rundown of the sequences it will allow me to change to...the internal optical drive is working

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#11
March 27, 2009 at 15:22:27
If you are sure the internal CD drive is working then your boot CD is no good. I suggest you remove the boot to LAN option. That option is only useful in a business environment.

Your computer is skipping over the boot to CD option and going to boot to LAN at which point the boot fails.

Do you see any POST screens when you first start the computer? If not, boot to the BIOS screens and disable fast boot and all logos.


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#12
March 27, 2009 at 15:44:47
If I leave it to boot,I get the "In Touch With Tomorrow Toshiba" logo with 5 icons below you can select from..
*The 3 disc pile icon
*The single Disc icon
*Floppy Disk icon
*2 laptops linked
*And what looks like a hard drive icon(not too sure)
..
How do I remove the boot from LANS option...I also don't see fast boot or logos listed in Bios...

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#13
March 27, 2009 at 16:32:04
You should have a selection to disable. Just select disable instead of LAN. Or move it down the list below everything else.

When you start your computer do you see any text that mentions your RAM and hardware configurations? After that you should get a prompt to hit any key to boot from CD. If you don't get anything like that You may need to hit the spacebar continously.

Or try the single disk icon. I am not familiar with your boot choices. I am guessing either of the first two should be the CD drive.

I suspect you are getting that screen because the BIOS already has tried all the selected boot options and none of them worked.

When you see the CD drive light come on start tapping the spacebar. Failing that you need to read the manual to find out how to boot to the CD drive.


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#14
March 28, 2009 at 11:44:02
I disabled the LANS...rebooted and as has been happening it goes straight to "Invalid System Disk"...I guess we're out of options but i am very grateful for your time and help.

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#15
March 28, 2009 at 12:57:18
You need to figure out what is going on with your CD drive. If it is working then your WinXP CD is bad.

Doesn't seem to be working or you would get the message to hit any key.

Is the CD drive in a removable drive bay? If so, it may need to be reseated.

I am guessing the drive is bad. See if you can boot to any USB devcies.

The hard drive probably has been wiped before someone got rid of the laptop.


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#16
March 28, 2009 at 14:40:44
Ok I just fitted another optical drive into the Toshiba Satellite from a Compact NC6320..they are exactly the same but I still don't get any change,yesterday I tried connecting my external DVD player but again with no possitive results,I also tried a flash drive...this is driving me insane,I was expecting with changing the optical drive it to at least do something...the laptop was wiped clean as it was an office laptop at one point,but this should not prevent me loading a new OS on it.

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#17
March 28, 2009 at 15:30:07
Are you getting the message to hit any key to boot from the CD? Make sure the CD drive is enabled in the BIOS.

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