|Ran Seatools for DOS on the Toshiba; detected 1 device (identified the HDD accurately after running the diagnostic test) and no errors. |
Re. attempts to reinstall Windows, I have on recent attempts been able to get a screen which offers F8 option, then I get the option for Start in Safe Mode, Command Prompt, etc.. I chose Start w Command Prompt, then received the original result of all Windows files loading then stalling at "Please wait..."
Ran Avira Antivir rescue scan on Boot Sectors Only. This shows two warnings:
[IO error on file]Master boot sector (disk/dev/sr0)
[Error reading file]Boot sector (/dev/sdal)
The Avira Rescue scan on All Files stops after scanning 260 files, 81 directories. Internet connectivity should be possible but Avira indicates that it is not (re. updates). No problems (0 infected, warnings, suspicious) detected.
Is this pointing to a faulty/missing partition, or a mainboard problem?