Satellite Windows 7 Won't Load

January 3, 2012 at 20:49:45
Specs: Windows 7
Toshiba Windows 7 won't load
Went on vacation, AC not plugged in, battery died, not sure if laptop was shutdown before we left or not
Came back and on start, screen is dim, but not if plugged in to TV with VGA cable
PC goes to a screen to select repair mode or normal startup, but does not react to anything on the keyboard.
Timer to start in selected mode times out and "Windows loading files" comes up
This finishes and screen goes to Microsoft corporation and goes black except for a little back light in lower right corner.
None of the tips about holding esc or various F keys do anything.
Downloaded a windows recovery DVD and tried it with and without hard drive, no luck.
Any ideas?

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#1
January 4, 2012 at 00:31:41
Below is just a wild guess.

If the main battery was depleted fully, causing backup batteries to also deplete, then some of the settings in BIOS may be lost. When power resumes, settings in BIOS revert to default values, which in some cases cause the OS to not be able to load.

For example: If you install Windows on a SATA HDD when SATA setting in BIOS is IDE/IDE compatibility mode and the setting in BIOS is changed for whatever reason to SATA/AHCI mode, your Windows 7 cannot start.

Another reason could be RAM timings, which also revert to defaults upon backup battery depletion.

One other thing: Just out of coincidence, something might have stopped working inside your laptop.

Hope the above helps.

CoolGuy


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#2
January 4, 2012 at 09:50:03
CoolGuy,
Your guess sounds reasonable. Where do I go from here to get the laptop back running?

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#3
January 4, 2012 at 23:42:32
You may start with getting into BIOS and checking the settings. Read the documentation of your Toshiba Satellite about how to get into BIOS and the specs of your computer. Then you can post back your findings here along with the full model name of your computer.

CoolGuy


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#4
January 9, 2012 at 07:49:21
Toshiba L455 - S5000
Sometimes I can get into the Bios, sometimes I can't. The keys appear to work when they feel like it and may not take you where you think you're going. Very frustrating. It may take hitting a key three or four times till something happens or it may take one hundred times. When something happens, it may or may not be what the key should have done. Let's me feel like I'm getting somewhere and then dead end. I am trying to restore defaults, but the F9 key doesn't work at all and I can't cursor to it on the Exit screen either.

I need to add what's probably critical info. I am also getting the PXE-061 Media test failure message on a dos type screen right after the Toshiba screen. I don't believe this message was there at the start of the problem, but it's there now.


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