Toshiba Satallite A215-S5818 ~ Windows XP

March 28, 2011 at 16:03:00
Specs: Windows XP Service Pack 3, AMD Turion 64x2 Mobile / 2GB of Ram
I know that Toshiba does not support changing their laptops from Windows Vista to Windows Xp, however I had so many issues with the laptop (I received it from a friend) that was related to viruses and other issues, and didn't have the original util disc's that came with the computer so I reformated the system and installed a copy of Windows XP instead.

I have currently upgraded all the device drivers on the computer and everything is currently working great.

My problem with the system is that when I boot the computer, it rocks right on past the (f2 for setup, f12 for boot up) bios startup page, however thats when it turns into a turtle and takes 15 to 30 mins to load. Then it flashes into the animated Windows XP load screen and then hurrys right on along.

What can be causing the computer to slow down during the boot process? The screen looks black, with the bottom of the screen having incremental vertical dashes as a progress bar... it seriously takes the computer anywhere from 15 to 30 mins to complete the process that it is doing, I have no clue what process it is, but then it speeds right back up and works perfectly.

Is there anyway I can speed up this load time? It used to take 1-2 mins to load with windows Vista, now 15-30 with xp? Doesn't make sense!


Toshiba Satallite A215-S5818 ~ Windows XP SP3 ~ No Anti-Virus Software or Firewall programs installed yet. I've only upgraded device drivers, got everything working, and now waiting to try to speed up the boot time.


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#1
March 28, 2011 at 19:36:19
You didn't mention loading the main chipset drivers.

You MUST load them.

XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.


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#2
March 28, 2011 at 22:55:16
Ok, where do I find the information of what chipset my computer has? I have no clue when it comes to laptops, I'm a desktop type guy that can tear one apart and put it back together and set up a brand new OS with no issues.. but these tiny laptops screw with my eyes.

Everything seems to be working on the computer, and under Device Manager, I'm not finding any yellow markers showing that theres an issue. I can list the drivers that are installed though..

Battery Drivers, for the battery adapter and such... the ACPI Multiprocessor PC, Toshiba MK1646GSX for the hardrive... ATI Radeon display adapter, Cd Drive... Human Interface Devices x2, a list of IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers for primary and secondaries... Bus host controllers, keyboards, mice, modems, monitors (I use an external monitor), network adapters including wireless which is working, drivers for the processors, host controllers, sound ect..

I also have drivers installed and working for the USB ports, root hubs, and the huge list of system devices..

I honestly don't THINK that there is an issue with drivers, unless its from a missing Bios driver? (not sure how laptops work on that aspect).

I have updated the Windows XP OS to Service Pack 3, with everything from microsoft, so it works great once its booted up.. it just takes forever to boot. Gets past the bios access screen, then gives a black screen with vertical white lines on the very bottom of the screen with a progress indicator where it takes 20+ mins to complete, then windows loads just fine and the computers good to go.

It's driving me nuts :(


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#3
March 29, 2011 at 01:34:16
Alright, I don't know how, but the problems fixed. I updated Windows through Service Pack 3, and downloaded all 94 security updates and such, and now it boots from off to usable in 1 to 2 mins... wow.... :D Thanks for the info though, will file it away for the next time I need to reformat.

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#4
March 29, 2011 at 07:45:29
Loading the SP3 updates or doing an Express search on the Microsoft Update web page and loading everything found would not have cured your problem, but if you did a Custom search and chose to download and install something optional that might have.

Satellite A215-S5818 (home support page)
http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/...

Detailed Specs

AMD M690V chipset

Graphics ATI Radeon X1200


Downloads - 5 pages - most drivers and info are for Windows 7 / Vista only
............

Main chipset drivers

http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downlo...

Motherboard/Integrated Video Drivers

I'm assuming
Windows XP 32 bit

Optional Downloads

Southbridge Drivers
........

Or - in this case I found this -

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/lapto...

Excerpts:

Toshiba Satellite A215-S5818 XP drivers here!
After six hours of hunting on the net I finally managed to get together all the drivers necessary to run a Toshiba Satellite A215-S5818 perfectly on XP, Toshiba only have the Vista ones on their site. So you don't have the same boring experience I've packed them up and you can download them all from my site at the following link:

Update Dec 2008.

For various reasons I've moved the drivers on to rapidshare, I'm glad to see the thread has become a success.
http://rapidshare.com/#!download|29...


I downloaded it.
It has
AMD Low Level Device Driver
AMD IDE Controller driver
AMD SM Bus Driver

All those are probably ALL in the Southbridge drivers

Also has

ATI Radeon Express 1200 series drivers - just the onboard video drivers

All the other needed device drivers.


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#5
March 29, 2011 at 17:12:30
Yes, I found that file (collection of drivers) and downloaded those which is where I got the majority of them. However it was still very slot to load, but it ran fine when loaded.. but I dont know how however the computer is running perfectly now.. with out a really long load time.

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#6
April 13, 2011 at 19:33:53
Hey, the rapidshare site is not functional. No links work, wont got to new page when registered. Any other lings to these drivers? Installing win xp pro on toshiba
a215-5818. Thanks

Mike


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#7
April 14, 2011 at 06:52:07
bigfam7

Try again.

I tried both the hardwareheaven and rapidshare link in response 4 just now and they both still work, and the download link works, at least it does for Slow Download.

If the rapidshare link still don't work for you something, probably a setting on your own computer, is preventing you from accessing it

You don't have to register to download it - you can choose the Slow Download button and wait a short time until you can download it.

Note that the download window defaults to opening the *.zip file - you may want to change that to Save to disk.


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#8
April 14, 2011 at 07:08:18
bigfam7

Try again.

I tried both the hardwareheaven and rapidshare link in response 4 just now and they both still work.

( NOTE that this site uses software that automatically shortens links that are longer than a certain length to save visual space in the posts - the shortened link has 3 dots at the end of the line and is a link to the actual full length link.
When you copy the text in posts on this site, the highlighted links included in them that have 3 dots at the end will NOT work in the copy, and the shortened links are incomplete !
If you want to copy the link(s), RIGHT click on the shortened links that have 3 dots at the end of them, and select Copy link location in IE, or similar in other browsers, and RIGHT click and Paste that into your copied post text - you might as well delete the useless shortened link in the copy at the same time. )


If the rapidshare link still don't work for you something, probably a setting on your own computer, is preventing you from accessing it

You don't have to register to download it - you can choose the Slow Download button and wait a short time until you can download it.

Note that the download window defaults to opening the *.zip file - you may want to change that to Save to disk.


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