Uninstalling Flash Memory Drive?

Toshiba satellite / A100
January 1, 2009 at 13:50:48
Specs: winXp Home, Centrino Duo/1 GB
I have a flash memory stick stuck in my computer. It was working fine until I took it for repair at future shop where it became more stuck and now I can't start my computer normally (I'm using safe mode right now).

Is there a way to disable the flash memory drive so that I can boot up my computer normally? I know that it was on removable drive E but don't know where to locate it in device manager.

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#1
January 1, 2009 at 14:16:52
Until you can remove the flash drive, when you first switch on and you see the 'Toshiba' name, hit F12. This will give you a list of start up devices. select the hard drive, press enter and it should start normally.
You could also go into the bios by pressing F2 instead of F12, go to the Boot section and disable booting from USB or removable devices, save changes and exit.
If you don't like the idea of changing the bios stick with the F12 option.

Computers... designed to entertain,help with work but most of all to frustrate you!


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#2
January 1, 2009 at 14:28:23
"until I took it for repair at future shop"

yap there's your problem, very go to a repair shop run by 14 year old part time kids who dont give you documentation.


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#3
January 1, 2009 at 18:23:48
Pressing f12 and trying to boot it with HDD doesn't work.

I tried the f2 option as well but when I go in the boot option, it won't let me disable booting from USB/removable drives (when I highlight and click enter, it doesn't let me do anything). It only lets me move the order up or down.

I got the flash stick out but the guys from Future Shop damaged the bronze wires on the inside, wonder how long it will take to fix that at their depot.


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#4
January 1, 2009 at 21:54:34
"tried the f2 option as well but when I go in the boot option, it won't let me disable booting from USB/removable drives (when I highlight and click enter, it doesn't let me do anything). It only lets me move the order up or down."

move the order so that ur HDD is above your USB/removable drives


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#5
January 2, 2009 at 12:00:28
The USB is at the end of the order already, I know that other BIOS' let you disable it but this one doesn't looks like.

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#6
January 6, 2009 at 14:40:19
" I got the flash stick out but the guys from Future Shop damaged the bronze wires on the inside, wonder how long it will take to fix that at their depot."
If you managed to remove the stick I guess you can now start up ok. If the contacts inside the USB port are not shorting to other pins, the other USB ports should still work, but this damaged one will need replacing. I hope they don't try to fob you off with a new main board! Most USB port sockets can be obtained from ..
http://www.digikey.com/
They are not difficult to replace, so don't accept 'you need new main board' if you are told that!

Computers... designed to entertain,help with work but most of all to frustrate you!


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#7
January 6, 2009 at 23:52:13
If you remove your USB port (open up your computer and remove it only if you know how to) , will it startup properly? If it doesn't, then the USB isn't causing the problem

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