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Don't boot using a bootable CD or DVD (your "Product Recovery Media" is a DVD) yet. Try this first:
Your mboard has 256mb of ram built into it.
Try removing the ram module and booting normally.
If that allows the computer to work normally, and if the computer will not work normally after having tried cleaning the ram contacts and re-seating the ram, you have probably installed a 1gb ram module that is not compatible with this computer.
You specify your CPU/Ram as 1gb.
Since your CPU is apparently 2.8ghz, that must be what you think is the total amount of ram your computer has. You are supposed to report the total amount of ram your mboard has - that is sometimes not the same amount as the amount of ram you have installed in ram slots, and that applies in the case of your mboard.
1gb of ram, total, CANNOT be right in this case!
Apparently your mboard has a 256mb ram module built into it (soldered into the mboard), and one ram slot in which you can install more ram, up to and including a 1gb module.
Since there is no such thing as a 768mb ram module (there's 1,024mb in a gb), and you have only one ram slot, you are either mistaken about the total amount of ram, or you just installed ram that is not compatible with your mboard and the bios is reporting the wrong amount.
Your system probably originally came with no ram modules installed in the ram slot, and you originally had just the 256mb of ram built into the mboard. So - if you have more ram now, you have probably added that yourself, or had someone do that for you.
If you or somene else added a 1gb ram module, you have 1.25 gb of ram (1,024mb/gb - 1.25gb = 1,280mb) installed total, not 1gb (1,024mb). However, it's quite possible the ram you added is not compatible with the mboard's chipset and the bios is only seeing 1gb of ram.
Apparently your mboard has:
"Video: ATI Mobility™ Radeon™ 7000 IGP Graphics Accelerator.
Video RAM: 64MB default (configurable to 32MB, 64MB (default), or 128MB (when system memory is expanded above 512MB)"
IGP means the video is built into the mboard, and it shares some of the ram.
The bios on some computers subtracts the amount or ram that is shared with the onboard video.
So, for example, if your mboard bios is still set to the default of it sharing 64mb with the onboard video, and you installed a 1gb ram module, the total amount of ram reported by the bios may be 1,280mb (1.25gb)- 64mb = 1,216mb (1.1875gb).
Some bioses also subtract 1mb for the amount of conventional memory that can't be used by the user or the operating system, XP in this case, for storing data, so in that case the total amount of ram reported by the bios might be 1,279mb, or 1,215mb.
Your computer came with XP Home with SP2 updates included.
If the ram you installed does not work properly, that usually does NOT mean it's actually BAD ram - usually the problem is the ram is not compatible with your particular main chipset on the mboard - it will probably work fine in a mboard that has a main chipset it is compatible with.
Ram that works in another mboard , or any ram you buy or have lying around, may not work properly, or sometimes, not at all - even if it physically fits and is the right overall type (e.g. SDram, DDR, DDR2, etc.; PCxxxx, xxx mhz) for your mboard. In the worst cases of incompatibilty your mboard WILL NOT BOOT with it installed, and the mboard may not even beep - the ram has to be compatible with the mboard and it's chipset.
See response 5 in this for some info about ram compatibilty, and some places where you can find out what will work in your mboard for sure:
Correction to that:
Once you know which module ID strings work in your mboard, you can get them from anywhere you like that has ram with those ID strings.
If you have brand name ram, it is usually easy to look up whether it's ID string is in a list of compatible modules found by using your mboard or brand name system model number.
If the ram is generic, that may be difficult or impossible.
When you look for ram that will work in your mboard for sure, you probably will NOT find listings for a Toshiba Sattelite Psa60c-cjw00e, but you should find listings for the model series - in this case it's the Toshiba Sattelite A60-CJW series.
E.g. Kingston lists these modules for an A60-CJW:
If you don't find listings for A60CJW, the same 1 gb module will work in all these Toshiba models:
(What components and software came with your model, and their specifications)
The default Toshiba Hardware (bios Setup) settings are stated in that under CONFIGURATION.
"Memory Slots / Max: 1 RAM slot, unoccupied; (1280MB Max = 256MB x1 + 1024MB x 1)
Memory: 256MB DDR built in Module"
"Memory Slots / Available: 1 Slot, One Available"
"Video: ATI Mobility™ Radeon™ 7000 IGP Graphics Accelerator.
Video RAM: 64MB default (configurable to 32MB, 64MB (default), or 128MB (when system memory is expanded above 512MB)
Operating System: Windows XP Home (Service Pack 2)"
" CD ROM's or Floppies: Product Recovery DVD-ROM for Toshiba Satellite A60 (1 DVD) (GX0C000B8110) (TR04A02E1DVD)(Jewl case has Microsoft® Office OneNote™ 2003 image with Certificate of Authenticity (Product Key) on the back)
Documentation: Toshiba User's Manual Satellite A60 Series (6061B0043601)
Certificate of Authenticity (Windows XP Product Key) on the base of the notebook "
"Hard Drive: 40.0 billion bytes, 4200 RPM, 9.7mm height, Enhanced IDE "
To Enter: ESC, Boot Option: F12 "
That's how to get into the Toshiba Hardware settings (the bios Setup settings) at any time while Windows is running.
May be able to get into the bios Setup while booting, using some of the info for using the Product Recovery DVD.
"Hold down the F12 key and turn on the power. When In Touch Tomorrow Toshiba appears, release the F12 key."
Boot Priority = HDD->FDD->CD-ROM->LAN"
Apparently the default Boot Priority setting will not allow a bootable CD to boot the computer.
If you can get into that, I recommend you change the Boot Priority setting to FDD->CD-ROM->LAN->HDD
That will allow a bootable CD to boot the computer, and it also works for booting by other means for most people without you ever having to change that setting again.
Specs, another place:
Standard Memory: 256MB DDR (256MB x 1)
Maximum Memory:1280MB (256x1 + 1024MBx1)
Expansion Modules: 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1024MB PC2700DDR SODIMM modules
One expansion slot total. Open slot can be filled with 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, or 1GB PC2700 DDR SODIMM modules, for maximum of 1280MB use; 256MB (onboard) + 1024MB."
If you do a ram test, do that AFTER having tried cleaning the contacts and making sure the ram is seated properly - otherwise any errors found may be FALSE.
If the ram is incompatible with the chipset, it will likely FAIL a ram test - that is NOT a true indication of the ram being faulty - there is probably nothing wrong with it, and it will pass the test if installed in a mboard it is compatible with.
If a ram test DOES find errors, if you have more than one module installed, try the test with one module at a time - sometimes they won't work properly when more than one is installed, but it will pass when by itself.
If you want to try a memory diagnostic utility that takes a lot less time to run a full pass than memtest86 does, this one is pretty good - Microsoft's
Windows Memory Diagnostic:
It can be toggled to do a standard or a more comprehensive set of tests - use the default 6 test one first - if it passes one pass of that, use the latter one. A few of the tests in the latter set are intentionally slower.
That makes a bootable floppy. Your computer may have orginally come with a USB floppy drive.
If it did, your Boot Priority setting must be FDD->CD-ROM->LAN->HDD.
If it didn't, and if you don't have one, you can get an iso image to make a bootable CD of some memory testing utilities on another computer if you need to. E.g. search for memtest86.
OR - see the Quick Start Information at that Microsoft link for how to make a bootable CD of the Windows Memory Diagnostic (you need Windiag.iso - you don't necessarily need to use the program they mention to add it to the CD).