Hi, I would go to http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/Toshiba-memory/Satellite+A215+Series-models.html
and compare their prices against Toshiba's prices. Make sure you pick the right A215 model from that list.
Currently you should have two pieces of 512Mb memory. Since there are only two slots you need to pull one out to put on in. If you buy one 1Gb you will end up with 1.5Gb. If you can afford it two 1Gb would give better performance. However if you were originally happy with the performance before the laptop got loaded down, save your money for now.
In my part of NJ, USA we can buy a 1Gb laptop memory for around $25 retail.
No, that is a different disc. It is useful however since it is used if the computer will not start you can use it to run the startup repair for example.
For example Toshiba recovery discs are designed to only work with Toshiba computers and at the same time certain models. They check and if your computer isn't on their internal list they abort. Most other brands are the same.
For the time being I would go to the control panel and choose uninstall a program and start cleaning out some of the junk you say your daughters installed. Update your Antivirus and run a full system scan just in case.
You can try this and see if it comes up. I'm not saying to do it. Just want to see if it can be run in case of need. If it starts the recovery manager you can always cancel out. I'm just curious if it works.
"Press and hold 0 (Zero) Key while turning on the computer and the Toshiba Recovery Wizard should come up."
You can also order a Recovery disc set from Toshiba. However they are not free.
That is one of the options on this page. https://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/serviceLanding.jsp
Acclaim recovery media, which will lead you here.
Edited by rotor123, 12 April 2012 - 09:45 AM.