I have a toshiba satelitte p500 (pspg8u) bios version 3.1

April 30, 2014 at 12:50:03
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, 4
question about bios toshiba p500

I get a flashing cursor upper left screen..and boot up time is between 5 and 10 minutes...I recently reinstalled windows 7 home premium ...and I had reflashed bios from 2.9 to the current 3.1....
should I flash back to 2.9 and is 3.1 causing my problems...
I reinstalled windows from the 3 discs i made when i bought the unit...and also used a windows upgrade disc...
I hope someone can set me straight....Thanks in advance for any help...
Steve


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#1
April 30, 2014 at 21:01:01
Have you seen anything suggesting the bios update was successful? You were able to install the disks, and see the screens but it does not load on start now is that correct. Just making sure the flashing of the bios or upgrade was successful.

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#2
April 30, 2014 at 21:01:33
....or you flashed bios and now you have the blinking cursor.

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#3
May 1, 2014 at 00:30:42
Thank you for your help.....When I hit power, then F2, I see the bios listed as 3.1....this bios version was flashed some time ago....
The first time I reinstalled win 7, before I realized it , over 100 windows updates had installed, some from 09, rest to present...so I did a second install and monitored the updates ...
Steve

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#4
May 1, 2014 at 09:09:04
I don't know if this is the correct bios....when I press the power button, it takes 5 to 10 minutes to boot up...once it boots up everything seems to work ok...I do not know if the bios should be flashed back to 2.9 version...Also, when I reinstall with the 3 restore discs, should the bios setting return to out of box....Hope I am explaining things properly...
Thanks, Steve

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#5
May 1, 2014 at 09:31:12
No I wouldn't flash the bios, if anything goes wrong during the flash, it is toast usually. I would be tempted to go into the bios and see what the boot order is, perhaps set the hard drive as the 1st boot device. I"m wondering if it looks for a cd boot, a network boot a usb and ...then eventually the hard drive's turn comes up. You might check the boot order.

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#6
May 1, 2014 at 09:32:58
Also in the bios see if it set to do any self diagnostics on start up such a memory test or similar.

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#7
May 1, 2014 at 11:39:23
Did it ever work after you updated the BIOS to 3.1? If so it is a fair indication that the update went well. If not you could be in trouble. Was there a specific reason you updated BIOS, as it is rarely needed and risky.

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#8
May 1, 2014 at 16:21:24
Hello Derek...
I had tried to upgrade to windows 8, ran into problems and the microsoft help desk told me to update bios and yes it did work after that...the tech from ms could not get windows 8 to work properly(he handled the update ) so I reinstalled windows 7 using the 3 discs...worked ok...
Bought a new computer Windows 8 and put the notebook away for a bit...my wife wanted the new computer to replace hers...and so I started the toshiba and as I mentioned in an earlier post windows update downloaded and installed over 100 updates, most of them old...
The problems began and so I reinstalled windows 7 again...now when it finally boots up(takes 5 to 10 minutes)it is working ok....Just the very long bootup time...
Steve

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#9
May 1, 2014 at 16:36:39
Hello HopperRox,
This is the boot up order...

HDDI/SSDI; TOSHIBA MK5055GSX
HDD2/SSD2; TOSHIBA MK5505GSX
CD/DVD; MATs---ABD-CMB UJ14IES
LAN;ATHEROS BOOT AGENT


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#10
May 1, 2014 at 17:07:03
Thanks for the background info.

I think we can safely assume the BIOS flash went fine - if there was any problem it would have been immediate.

What problems began after the 100 or so updates?

As the slowness was straight after the re-install of Win 7 I'm wondering if it went badly. Might be worth cleaning the CD's and trying again.

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#11
May 1, 2014 at 21:22:47
Does it have 2 toshiba hard drives?

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#12
May 2, 2014 at 04:20:21
Yes, I bought it from toshiba and had it built with items I wanted, i.e.., two hard drives, lighted keyboard, etc.

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#13
May 3, 2014 at 06:09:42
I'm not sure how to check the things you mentioned....

Help ! Is anything below THE problem?

Also, I may have listed the boot order wrong in an earlier post...
This is the correct one...(f2 boot)

HDDI/SSDI;TOSHIBA MK5055GSX
HDD2/SSD2:TOSHIBA MK5055GSX
eSATA HDD:
CD/DVD:MATs---ABD-CMB UJ141E5
FDD:
LAN: ATHEROS BOOT AGENT

Hope this helps
Steve

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