This is my first post here and it's gonna be a doosey! I'm "trying" to help a friend install a Linux distro to his Toshiba Portege R100. Running into a few frustrating issues. #1. I know from experience Toshiba puts a password on their HDD's and it's a bleep to get around or remove! Don't suggest contacting Toshiba for they won't help!!! #2. This particular model will NOT boot from the USB (there isn't an option to do so) and there is not a CD player in the machine. So....
First, let's deal with "wiping" the HDD and removing the Hdd password. I'd like it so that the HDD never has, or asks for, the password again!!!(if possible). As far as the O.S,, once I remove the HDD password forever(?), I'll put the HDD in another machine and install the O.S that way,,,, unless there is a better suggestion/way? Yes, this machine is old, but still operable, so that's why he's trying to hang onto it and make it usable once again.#3. Is there a method to force the USB drive to "boot" in this particular machine?
Any help with this/these issues would be greatly appreciated. I know why Toshiba installs HDD passwords, but since they won't help you with it, it renders the HDD useless and that is a very poor idea. OH...also, I know where this laptop came from and it's NOT stolen. I take offence to those who suggest every "used/resold/ or otherwise "given" or "passed onto" PC or laptop is stolen.