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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bicycle bill, Jun 23, 2010.

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  1. bicycle bill

    bicycle bill Banned Thread Starter

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    Hi folks. I am in a pickle here. I had my Toshiba Tecra M5 laptop all set up to
    use when the time comes to go in a home. I was downloading Microsoft
    updates last night a rather lenghty download so I stepped away for a moment to watch a
    little TV. Well during the download the battery ran out. I plugged in the
    power thinking that the PC would continue with the download but no.
    It set there like a jug of urine and the only way to shut it down was to
    pull the plug. I then plugged in the power and the download did start but froze when
    about half finished. Only option was to pull the plug again.

    I have the XP CD but it is not even recognized when I insert it so I can't
    get to the recovery console. Can't enter safe mode. What a bummer. Looks like there is no way
    to resusatate the dead.:mad:
     
  2. tarekch

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    mmm what do you mean XP is not recognized? are you sure that BIOS is set to read CD/DVD ROM prior to booting from HDD?
     
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    The XP CD is not recognized read. From what I have read changing the boot order in the BIOS is not necessary. Is that
    correct?
     
  4. tarekch

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    no it is not, you have two options:
    you either press a key during boot which is usually (but not always) F12, or you change the boot order.
    if HDD is before CD then the problem is not XP CD is not recognized rather it is CD boot is not acknowledged.
    try changing the boot order and see if your cd is working
     
  5. bicycle bill

    bicycle bill Banned Thread Starter

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    Well I just got the first response from the computer. I removed the bat,held down power button for thirty seconds,inserted the battery and then
    tried a reboot. Now I get a PCI express error. That error is preventing me from entering the BIOS. It pops up before I can select a boot device. Do you have any idea what this means. Am I hosed completely hosed?
     
  6. tarekch

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    i assume you are using a desktop computer, make sure your keyboard is securely attached to the case.
     
  7. bicycle bill

    bicycle bill Banned Thread Starter

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    Please. The title of my post is "Toshiba laptop no boot". Know anything about the PCI Express error?
     
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    Well appears I am completely hosed. Take a look Here if you are so inclined. The error was there before trying to use CD. My hands are tied. Probably one of the Microsoft updates that crippled my computer.
    Glad this is not my main computer. Thanks for trying to help.
     
  10. tarekch

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    yeah i have read this before, sorry but looks like your gonna have to send it for repairs, try taking other opinions though, i might be mistaken
     
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