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    Need laptop help please....

    I can manage to solve desktop problems but when it comes to laptops i am a noob.

    I have a Toshibe Satellite L300 laptop. When it boots up it goes to the windows recovery window where i can choose from either choose from launching startup repair or start windows normally.

    It doesn't matter which one i choose it just goes to a blank screen. I've tried booting into safe mode and still get a blank screen.

    To me it seems that when trying to access the hard drive it fails and thus the hard drive has gone bad. Before i go and buy another hard drive i just want a second opinion.

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    mine did this and when opened it turns out there was a loose screw and the hard drive wasnt sitting properly so wouldnt boot up once screw was back and tightened up it was fine, this might not be the case but thats what happened to mine hope you get it sorted

    Original Poster

    I just took the hard drive out and put it back but does the same thing. Thanks for the advice tho.

    I doesn't sound like the hard drive. It's most likely a conflict with drivers or that the Windows didn't close properly.

    If you can get into the bios, it might be an idea to see if your hard drive is visible which should hopefully rule out a problem there.

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    what happens if you start in safe mode?

    Original Poster

    hard drive is visible in bios. But when i go into advance boot options by pressing F8 i clcik on anything in there even repair computer i get black screen.

    Original Poster

    whatsThePoint;8342847

    what happens if you start in safe mode?


    can't, get black screen

    Sounds like one of the windows System 32 file is corrupt.

    You need to repair the problem, just put the Windows XP cd in and press "R" then type in CHKDSK

    Will update in a bit

    Original Poster

    it's windows vista but don't have a vista disc so don't know which one it is, is there a multi disc that i could download to try it ?

    It's my cousins friends laptop and she has no discs for it either.

    zeus9876;8342929

    it's windows vista but don't have a vista disc so don't know which one it … it's windows vista but don't have a vista disc so don't know which one it is, is there a multi disc that i could download to try it ?It's my cousins friends laptop and she has no discs for it either.



    Ok then use the recovery partition on the Laptop then, should have built in windows recovery mode

    Original Poster

    i can't do that either as i said when i try to do anything past the bios i just get a blank screen as it seems to do that when it tries to access the hard drive which led me to believe the hard drive may be bad
    Trying a dell vista home basic disc just to see what happens


    Edit* Just get a blank screen when trying to do that also......When i press any key to boot from disc i see the windows vista logo and the progress bar at bottom of screen....after the goes i get blank screen....so again leads me to hard drive and when ever something tries to acess it i get a blank screen

    Original Poster

    Ok got new hard drive today...now when i boot from windows disc i get BSOD. Really confused now as i don't know what the problem is

    Original Poster

    memtest running..... 1 pass and 0 errors and still running

    Original Poster

    2 passes complete, no errors, press esc to exit

    Original Poster

    3 passes and 0 errors


    any more ideas anyone ?

    Original Poster

    This is the error i get when i install the new hard drive and run a windows xp disc

    http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa71/zeus98765/SDC12843.jpg

    is the HDD properly installed

    Original Poster

    I think so.....it's a sata drive so i just installed it into my desktop and formatted into ntfs and still getting blue screen

    Original Poster

    hmmmm went into bios and Changed hdd from AHCI to compatable and now it's letting me install windows... don't know how far i will get but it's going so far

    I had to use the new hard drive as it told me it could not format the old one... and then when i tried it again it said no hard drive was reconized....odd i think

    But anyways 53% copying files
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