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Toshiba A75 Reformat - No Fully Operational Cd Drive


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#1 bravesrock

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 11:59 AM

Hello,

I have a Toshiba A75 that is 4 years old and has never been reformatted. About 2 years ago, it started having overheating problems, which I determined were partially related to the DVD drive.

(put in a disc, it spins, starts doing whatever it is supposed to do i.e play movie, install program, then computer overheats and turns off.)

I want to continue using it as a second computer that I can take with me to school. Believe it or not, it is much portable than my other laptop (dell inspiron 9100).

However, in order to use it (without many devices), I would like to reformat. I have a windows XP license to use, but I cannot use the CD to reformat it.
System restore only goes back 1 month for some reason -- I dont remember ever turning system restore off, but I dont like using system restore anyway.

USB devices also cause the laptop to overheat.
I tried what I thought was a foolproof method, but even it didnt work. I removed the hard drive and inserted it into a laptop that doesnt have any problems with the DVD drive (the dell I mentioned earlier), but when I tried to boot it up, i got a BSOD saying something...I dont recall exactly what that message was.

This laptop is usable, but there is so much little crap wrong with it that I would prefer to just start from scratch on it.

Is there any way to reset the factory defaults without using the DVD drive?

Thank you,

KH

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 05:24 PM

You say you believe the problems stem from overheating. Have you ever taken a can of compressed air and blown out the vents?
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Posted 05 February 2008 - 02:56 PM

I have, but that only helps a little bit.




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