Where Can I Find Updated Bios

January 8, 2010 at 21:22:35
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I am currently trying to restore a Toshiba Satellite 225CDS to working order. This was my college laptop way back when, and I am trying to bring myself some nostalgia. However, I have run into several glitches.

First off, when I turn the computer on (it doesn't have an OS yet) it checks the memory normally, then gives me an error stating "Remove Disks Or Other Media then press any key to restart." Now, I noticed that this error only appears when the hard drive is formatted to FAT. FAT32 and NTFS give me other errors worded differently that vaguely mean the same thing.

Before giving up completely and telling myself that it is a Motherboard failure, I wanted to attempt to update my BIOS, since the version installed on it is from 1996. I have searched for hours trying to find a download for my exact model, but am having no luck at all. Does anybody know where I can find the most resent BIOS upgrade that will work with a 1997 Toshiba Satellite 225CDS? Any help is much appreciated. Thanks!

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January 8, 2010 at 22:26:39
Firstly, what do you hope to accomplish with a bios update? Unless you have a specific problem that you know is addressed by such a bios update there is no advantage to counter the risks associated with flashing bios.

Next, since you have no operating system installed it is to be expected that your attempts to boot will be interrupted with an error message. If there is no bootable media such as a boot floppy, and the harddrive has not been formatted as a System Disk, then you would get an error message saying it was unable to locate a bootrecord and to remove any disk and try again. What you should be attempting is to boot up into setup to verify that the harddrive is being correctly recognized as well as checking system time/date etc since the unit has not been running for some time.

Next, what operating system do you intend installing?

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January 8, 2010 at 22:57:17
I agree with Richard. The fact that you are getting the error messages you are getting is a very good indication that the BIOS is doing its job and there is nothing wrong with it. If the BIOS worked in 1996 there is no reason why it shouldn't work now, it is still powering the same hardware.

Install an Operating System and the errors will go away.


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January 8, 2010 at 23:15:04
All available downloads are here:


I agree you probaby don't need a bios update but there is one there.

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January 9, 2010 at 09:45:59
Okay, in that case I won't risk anything by trying to update BIOS. I was just concerned the current one in the computer is corrupted since I can't get to any sort of command prompt, and it will not load the OS disk.

I am trying to install Windows 95 from a CD, since the computer does not have a floppy disk drive. So here's another question, then. How can I install the OS if the computer won't let me into any sort of command prompt, and won't run the disk automatically?

((Oh, and thank you all for the quick responses!))

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January 9, 2010 at 10:43:41
To get a command prompt you need some kind of Operating System loaded. This can be something on the hard disk or something on a floppy disk or a CD/DVD drive

There are a multitude of reason why you cannot load anything from a disk, not least of all the disk you are trying to use is damaged.

Can you read the Windows 95 CD in another drive?

Have you made sure that the CD drive is the first boot device?

Can you actually get into the BIOS to check this?

"Remove Disks Or Other Media then press any key to restart." means the computer is reading something but just cant boot from it.

Is this the CD or the hard disk?


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January 9, 2010 at 10:59:20
I see. The error is gives me basically is saying that there is no operating system, so the computer can't do anything else for me at the moment. That makes sense. The windows 95 disk I am using was in mint condition up until yesterday when I opened the package for the first time, so I know it is scratch and error free. Opening it on another computer confirmed this. I am able to enter the laptop's BIOS, and it tells me that the Hard drive is identified by the computer. Also, boot order puts CD drive first, floppy drive second (there isn't one installed at the moment, though) and finally the hard drive. I know for a fact that the CD drive does work as I was successfully able to run a Dos CD from it, as well as a repair CD for another computer. However, that disk gave me an error and didn't allow me to install from it.

I am planning on trying to load the OS onto the hard drive from another computer, then installing it back into the laptop. Is this possible to do, and will there be any negative effects from that on either the laptop I am trying to repair, or the computer used to install?

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January 9, 2010 at 15:23:43
It's likely the 95 cd isn't bootable so that's why it's not booting from there.

You could connect the hard drive on another computer and install the OS there but when you move it back to the toshiba and boot, the OS will start loading drivers for all the new stuff. Usually it works out OK but occasionally there are problems. The best thing is to connect it to another working PC and just copy the WIN95 folder from the install cd onto the hard drive. Then move it back to the toshsiba and run the installation that way. But you can install it while the drive is on another computer if you decide that's the easiest way to do it.

Another way would be to create a bootable cd, start up the toshiba with it and start the installation.

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