There may be something like this somewhere on your computerhttp://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/content/su...0339010_web.pdf
I gives the details of creating or ordering your recovery disks for factory as shipped. Last time I ordered one it was about 20.00
You may also have a "toshiba disk creator" somewhere on the menu. This should let you make a recovery dvd disk or set. And you should.
This one should go to the downloads page for your model:http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su...mily=1073768663
There is a dvd driver update from 2006 which may or may not be newer from the one you are using. Microsoft sometimes supplies optional hardware updates which don't work or work oddly on oem computers.
Your computer shipped with xp medicenter 2005 and your computer has hardware (the buttons along the left side) that use the functions of mediacenter as well as a possibly a linux partition with "express media player" which is used when the computer is not booted, to play cd's and dvd's (the m110/m115 series has this and the button layout looks exactly like yours.)
You can always use the retail operating system disks to put whatever OS you like on this system but it cannot use the same xp mediacenter license key your preinstalled system does. From the specs toshiba supports and has drivers for vista and win7 for this model laptop. They may have a good deal on an upgrade through them.
I am doing a recovery install of a compaq v6000 running mediacenter 2005 and I don't see anything odder than other xp systems. Mediacenter 2002 was a different story. Out the door too soon and not enough published docs for the oems to properly integrate into their hardware.
Your preinstalled system came with all kinds of exceptions added to the windows firewall for each of the fluff and cruft the oem was paid to put on there as well as all kinds of exceptions for windows media player.
I remove all exceptions and enable them one at a time if it asks while doing something I want it to do. VLC is a better all round media player anyway.
Messenger should be something you can disable in its config or at least stop it from loading on boot. Try right click on the taskbar icon.
Have you run malware bytes recently, I see from up thread that you uninstalled or stopped it from loading on boot?
Some malware are known to replace the masubleepa dvd compatability driver ramasst and hide there.
Can you use the built in xp record function to burn cds? CD and dvd burners use windows drivers to read cd's but usually vendor drivers and firmware to write. It is possible the burner is failing. It will continue to read long after the burn function is inop.