Posted 04 February 2008 - 11:59 AM
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?