Toshiba harman/kardon pc 2009 won't boot anything

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Jan 5, 2013
I received this Toshiba laptop from my ex-husband when he got his new desktop. When I tried to make the laptop mobile, it didn't want to start up and after about 20 minutes got a gray or black screen with no cursor. I had been at a public library, so I took it upstairs to the children's section with my daughter plugged it in and read a book hoping for results. It eventually did pull the windows logo but was very slow to surf internet which is odd. Couldn't get anything done. So I took it home, and hoped to get things fixed.

It would load up to the Windows 7 welcome page with no name of user or logos, just some white leaf tracings.

I have done the following things:

On startup, I have

Used f8, f10, changed the configuration of the boot so it would start on cd. I have used the Windows 7 cd from the last Windows install, it went to startup repair several times, but never got fully functional, got into the safe mode about three times but to no avail.

After not being able to use Windows 7 for several days over the winter holiday break, I finally put an old version of Ubuntu 10.4 LTU 32 that I have had in my cupboard.

It was able to install that system and surf the internet, and upgraded to 12.04. However after two to three days, after being shut down and turned back on again, it seems to have amnesia. It was trying to pull up ubuntu recovery of which I am clueless to do the prompts.

I had taken it to a used parts/repair store but I am on a limited budget. the store kindly burned a malware remover tool and all in one repair kit from did not find malware and did get the repair kit to work without finding huge issues.

I actually am typing on said pc now, and am back to using the Ubuntu 10.4 LTU. Hoping to find a boot repair download that will run on this system.

This version of Wine on the system doesn't want to run exe files because it says they aren't from a secure source.

I am waiting for a system restore CD from Toshiba in the mail. Was shipped 12/31/2012. cause the clerk at the used parts/repair store said ugh toshiba is a mess without their own cd.

So I am a student, I don't have hardly any money, waiting on my student loan which might arrive next month. So a cost effective solution would be much appreciated. My main source of income is child support which is receive from a different ex-husband. The only knowledge I have from this pc is that it had problem overheating, so the 2nd ex husband had removed panels on the bottom of the laptop and I have a laptop cooler

the model number is a365d s6930
AMD Turion 64
Feb 17, 2008
hiya,this is the XP forum but besides that, if you have the windows 7 install DVD why did'nt you just install 7 again?,the overheating is probably the fan clogged up with dust/fluff,the repair man should have sorted that for for ubuntu did you install the program or run it off ram?if fully installed that will have wiped any recovery partition if one existed


Thread Starter
Jan 5, 2013
Ok yes I noticed that I might have been in the wrong forum but I had a difficult time finding an open question on Windows 7.

Second, the pc is frequently cleaned with compressed air, and has a laptop cooler underneath it. My ex husband removed paneling so it could vent more before he passed it on to me. So the original paneling is long since gone.

respectfully, since you have posted 1K times or more, perhaps you could assist.

Also, I am on a meager American budget of less than 10K per year (poverty level USA), so I can't afford the luxury of having the computer guy fix at a 60 per hour.

Hoping to find do it yourself advice. Since the original post, I did receive recovery media; however although it does run the Vista 64 which was the original software. It has glitch symbols such as various components shut down during the first hour of running the OS so I am confused.

If anyone would send advice, I would appreciate it so much. currently as long as the pc is down, my laptop is no use to me. Before the pc broke down, I had wished to take two college courses from home, but I might be stuck at the local college's computer lab.

Currently I am erasing the hard drive (wiping the hard drive), and hoping to get a fresh install. However, I fear there may be something mechanically wrong with the pc.

If you have advanced knowledge of operating systems and booting, please address my issue

Could there be something wrong with the hardware that causes the MBR not to work?
Why would a pc forget its OS and act as though it has known after two or three days?

I know I making a long post, but i has various issues. People that offer good advice I am ever grateful.


Lynn, Mom of 3 children in school
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