toshiba satellite, vista, did bios update now won't boot

February 26, 2012 at 05:02:42
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-60 ramConfigured with 2048MB PC5300 DDR2 SDRAM 4096MB
installed bios patch sent out by toshiba, now won't boot past power check and powers down after a few minuets. need instructions on how to make a bootable usb stick to flash the bios

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February 26, 2012 at 07:01:19
First thing to do would be to call Toshiba and find out what happened. See if it's reversible. Don't mess with the bios yourself, you could end up with a paperweight.

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February 26, 2012 at 07:11:44
It is a paper weight already lol toshiba wants $300 + to flash the bios for me

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February 26, 2012 at 07:49:23
That is a lot of money. I hear ya. First you should go into the bios and see if it will let you boot to a usb device. If it does, set it for that and google how to make a jump drive bootable. I'm assuming you don't have a cd or dvd drive.

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February 26, 2012 at 08:41:34
Was it actually sent out by Toshiba? or did you go to the Toshiba website, see that a BIOS update was available, & decided it was a good idea to update it?

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February 26, 2012 at 08:43:11
can you still get into the bios, by tapping the appropirate key at the right time? do you still see the toshiba logo when you power up or does it just go to a blank screen with a blinking cursor?


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February 26, 2012 at 09:21:57
update was recommended by toshiba, anyway, cant get into bios. I get nothing but a power check. not even a screen flash, even with an external attached.

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February 26, 2012 at 09:23:51
no I get nothing. dvd spins for up to 15 sec, no hd though, no screen flash or beeps.

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February 26, 2012 at 09:43:20
If the machine is basically dead, doesn't seem to be much choice except to send it back to them. Probably replace the Mobo. I would call them and chew them a new ass if they recommended something that screwed up my machine. Good Luck with this.

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February 26, 2012 at 10:10:07
Why haven't you posted the model number of your Satellite?

"update was recommended by toshiba"

Please explain. Did they call you & tell you to do this? Did you receive an e-mail telling you do this? Or were you trolling the Toshiba download site, saw that a new BIOS was available, saw the word "recommended", & decided it was something you needed?

If Toshiba actually TOLD you to do this & things went bad, it's on them to fix it. But if you did it on your own just because "it was there" & then botched the flash, it's on you. I'm guessing it was the latter. As the old saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

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February 26, 2012 at 10:23:32
I just did a quick search for Toshiba Satellite with the TL-60 & took a guess that you have an L305D. I couldn't find anything "recommending" a BIOS update. I downloaded the latest BIOS file, unpacked it, then went thru the contents of the folder.

Did you follow the instructions exactly? Did you perform the flash while running on AC rather than battery power?

"During the upgrading of your computers BIOS, if the computer loses power or
fails to complete the process of upgrading the BIOS, the existing BIOS in
the computer may become damaged. Toshiba HIGHLY recommends that the computer is powered via the AC adapter during the entire BIOS update process.

In the event of a power loss during the BIOS update process, the BIOS Key
Installation Method, described below, can sometimes be used to recover from
the failure. If it does not, you'll need to have your computer serviced by a
Toshiba Authorized Service Provider (ASP). You can select an ASP in your
area at

Toshiba also recommends that you disconnect all peripheral devices from your
computer before you perform the BIOS update. Peripheral devices include, but
are not limited to, docking devices (Desk Stations, port replicators), PCMCIA
and CardBus cards, USB and IEEE 1394 devices, printers, scanners, digital
cameras, etc.

On some models, it is not unusual to see a CMOS checksum error when you first
reboot the computer after installing the new BIOS. If you see this message
on your screen, press F1 as instructed. This displays the "TSETUP" screen.
Press <End> to save the CMOS data. You won't see the CMOS checksum error

And this:

"Due to the somewhat increased risk of errors updating the BIOS from within
Windows (as compared to using the boot diskette method), it is HIGHLY
recommended that the computer be connected to AC power via the AC adapter, and that the power-save mode is set to 'Full Power' or the equivalent while installing the BIOS.

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February 29, 2012 at 14:49:34
Some bios's have a way to recover even if a failed flash. See the owners manual to see if that can be used.

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