I've recently been given a laptop to fix and it's driving me insane! It's a Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-16T and it's stuck in an auto recovery loop. You turn it on, it starts auto recovery and goes to the Windows 8 "Choose an option" screen with options such as use a usb device to recover or reset your PC. Only problem is none of the options do anything, it just freezes and you have to do a hard shutdown.
I have tried every single function key on boot to try and "get in" but none of them work, I've heard this is due to Windows 8 quick boot but from what I've read online in order to actually disable it you need Windows to boot. I've also tried holding 0 while turning the laptop on (apparently this is a Toshiba thing) which gave me false hope, it asked if I wanted to restore the system, I press yes the screen disappears and then I get the same "Choose an option" screen. Absolute nightmare.
Does anyone know of any way I can get in to this system without removing the hard drive and wiping it? I am going to wipe the hard drive anyway because I can't stand Windows 8 but would prefer not to remove the HDD if possible. If anyone even has a way to boot from CD then I can wipe it and install Windows 7?