Toshiba Laptop bios update when it improperly detects hdd pw

September 1, 2012 at 22:33:04
Specs: linux, Pentium / 2 gigs
Hi, I have an old Toshiba laptop with a hard drive that had begun failing.
I was able to salvage all the data and then formatted the drive.
I was going to load a Linux OS to make a kick-around laptop for the kids, but after a few reboots prior to loading the new OS, the pesky Toshiba bios bug crept in and it started asking for a non-existant HDD password.

I got nervous and thought maybe I did something to mess up the drive while formatting, so I took a known good drive from another computer, which has a known HDD password, and tried booting. The Toshiba again asked for the HDD password, as expected since this drive has a known HDD password. But when I entered the password, it's not recognized as good by the Toshiba and I can't boot.

So, I put the known good drive back into its original laptop and tried booting again to make sure it was still good...and it was. The good laptop asked for the HDD password, I entered it, and the OS booted fine.

So, this leads me to believe the problem is in the Toshiba bios. It's not checking against the real HDD password, or something along those lines.

Toshiba has issued a bios update that's supposed to fix the HDD Password issue.
The problem is, it requires that you boot the Toshiba laptop to an OS and run the bios update.

How can I boot to an OS if it's failing the HDD password check? I tried putting a Linux live DVD in, but it won't boot from the DVD until after I put in a HDD password...which won't work of course.
Any ideas on a way to update the BIOS in my situation?

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September 2, 2012 at 08:56:43
I doubt any bios bug would create a hdd password issue.

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September 3, 2012 at 09:11:49
This sounds like the old BIOS bug Toshiba laptops had a few years ago. BIOS updates were supposed to fix it but, IIRC didn't always work.

I think the fix was to short two solder points on the motherboard near the memory chips.

What is exact model of the laptop?

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