Hard drive

Toshiba / Satellite a105-s101
January 18, 2010 at 08:33:13
Specs: Windows XP
My system crashed. The hard drive is completely wiped out. I have the restore disk that is supposed to have everything on it to reinstall to factory settings. My internal cd/dvd rom is broken so I am using my external one. I put the disk in and it starts loading RAMDISK image. Then it prompts windows can not find C:\Bin\errordialog.exe. Then it just starts the process over again. What do I do. Please help I'm a online college student and I really need my laptop.

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January 18, 2010 at 09:01:22
First you need to get into the BIOS setup to see if your laptop can be set to boot from usb (if your external cd drive is connected by usb).

If there is no 'usb' option in the boot settings, you will have to fit a new internal cd drive to replace the broken one. A laptop with a non-working internal cd-drive is pretty crippled anyway these days, even without your current problem.

To get into the BIOS setup you press a specific key as soon as you turn the laptop on. The key varies by make of laptop. Turn on your laptop and immediately look at the bottom of the screen. It should say "Press XX to enter setup" (XX will be the name of the actual key). On most laptops it's usually one of the 'F' keys.

If you need more help please continue posting. I'll help you all I can.

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January 18, 2010 at 11:38:21
Thank you it doesn't say usb, but it does say external drive. Should I use that? It does read the CD when it starts up, but then when it goes to say starting recovery I get this C:\Bin\errordialog.exe message. Could it be that I need to change it from CD drive to external?

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January 19, 2010 at 04:47:13
Sorry, been very busy. Yes, set the first boot device to "external drive" and try that. Don't forget to choose the 'save and exit' option when you exit the bios settings. If, when you turn on the laptop, the read-light on the external drive starts flashing and the cd starts to spin up, then you know the laptop is attempting to boot from it.

I've been unable to find any useful information regarding the error-message C:\bin\errordialog.exe in relation to Windows. Most reference to that are on computers running Linux-based operating system. The path 'C\Bin' does not exist in Windows XP, it's a Linux/Linux-based directory as far as I know.

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