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Toshiba Laptop Fails To Start With Black Screen


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#1 AzzOVF

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 10:16 AM

Hi...

i have recently been having a problem with my toshiba equium a100-027 laptop, which is running on vista.
when i start my laptop i just get a black screen with the mouse cusor on, after the toshiba welcome screen
if i try and start in safe mode the same happens.

this has been occuring the last week or so, but starting in safe mode and doing a system restore seemed to fix the issue for a few days. but now i cant even start it in safe mode.

the only things that i have installed lately are windows updates, and avg updates, and the new firefox.

i think it is something to do with the update which must install after the few days and trigger the problem again

but as i cant start windows i am stuck as a way to fix the issue, any help you could give would be much appreciated

thanks in advance

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 11:13 AM

Start off by trying to repair Windows Vista using Startup Repair. Check this Bleeping Computer Tutorial:

How to automatically repair Windows Vista using Startup Repair

Startup Repair is a diagnostic tool that can be accessed via the Windows Recovery Environment. In order to start the Windows Recovery Environment you must boot your computer off of the Windows Vista DVD that you purchased or that came with your computer. To start this process, insert the Vista DVD into your DVD drive and turn your computer on.


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Posted 23 June 2008 - 03:42 PM

thanks for the reply but...

i haven't got a vista DVD, the only things i have is the "Windows vista anytime update", as well as toshiba recovery which on the disk says it will format my hard drive, and i have important documents on my computer which i dont want to lose..

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 04:11 PM

You can use a bootable CD/DVD to safely rescue your important files. Do you have a USB which has enough space for your files so that you can transfer to it after booting from CD/DVD?

You can check this tutorial for better instructions: http://lifehacker.com/software/disk-recove...t-cd-192982.php

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 05:51 PM

You can download a copy of the Startup Repair CD here (direct download link): http://coblitz.codeen.org/neosmart.net/dow...ry_Disc_x86.iso
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Posted 24 June 2008 - 02:20 PM

well... i aint really got a memory stick big enough,

i have an xp which needs formating as well, so iv been thinking of buying this:

IDE SATA to USB Adaptor Cable 2.5 3.5 Hard Drive HDD CD

will this work do you thing, is it sutiable for my laptop...

thanks for the help again




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