Toshiba Satellite C650-D Startup Problem

  Pangaea 18:58 04 Jun 2012

A few nights ago my computer froze whilst I was online. When I tried to start it up again, it went straight to a black screen and read 'No bootable device found - Insert boot disk and press any key' I managed to enter BIOS and changed settings to default, saved, and rebooted, but no change, I aslo tried moving the order of th boot up so that LAN was last in the list (I have heard that it may be trying to boot from LAN) but no change either, it just reads 'for atheros pcie ethernet controller v2.0.1.9 (12/15/09)

check cable connection! pce-m0f : exiting intel pxe rom no bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key'

I have taken my HDD out and put it back in to make sure it wasn't a loose connection, didn't help. It does recognise my HDD, as it is listed as first booting option on boot manager (F12) so it's not dead. Is it possibly faulty? If so do I need a new hard drive? Or is that possibly not the problem, and buying a new hadr drive would be a waste of money?

Help please, thanks in advance :)


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:13 04 Jun 2012

It does recognise my HDD, as it is listed as first booting option on boot manager (F12) so it's not dead.

Not recognising a HDD is fitted, first boot device is just an option.

Your notion of remove and refit drive was a good one, but if machine is not finding it then a good chance it has died.

You need to go into the BIOS and force a search for Hard drives to see if the BIOS can find your drive.

or put he drive in a caddy and attach to another PC to see if that machine can find it.

Do you have a back up of all your data?

  Pangaea 19:40 04 Jun 2012

Yes, the BIOS and boot manager can both recognise the HDD, it is the first option for booting from. So this could mean that the hard drive is corrupt? It's recognised but not able to be booted from. I don't know :L I didn't have any important data on my laptop, it's mainly used for entertainment. So if the solution is to buy a new hard drive then I am happy to get one. The question is, is this the solution? If I buy a new hard drive, will that solve it? I don't want to waste any money...

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:36 04 Jun 2012

Yes its corrupt

sounds as if mbr is corrupt, What op system?

You need to boot from an op system CD to command prompt and run fixmbr and fixboot at the c: prompt.

  Strawballs 20:47 04 Jun 2012

The number of Toshiba laptops I've come across recently with dead hard drives is a worry, it does seem to be a week point on them and their diagnostic software is also not very good compared to the likes of Hitachi or maxtor so if you do need to replace the drive I would go for a different make!

  Pangaea 21:05 04 Jun 2012

Ok. Thanks for the feedback guys :) As far as I can tell, I have two options:

  1. Boot from an Op system cd, probaly Windows 7, and work to repair my current hard drive.

  2. Buy a new hard drive.

Firstly, I don't think I have any idea where my op cd is, so where would I be able to get one? Secondly, what are some good hard drives you can recommend that are compatible with my laptop?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:17 05 Jun 2012

It may not have come with a op system DVd as they often put the tools on a hidden partition on the hard drive. Not much use when the HDD fails.

Did you make the back up DVD / CDs when you first got it? You may need these to reinstall from onto your new drive.

windows-7-system-repair-discs will help repair but not reinstall.

Boot to the command line tool and run fixmbr

  Strawballs 16:27 05 Jun 2012

If you did not make the Restore DVD when new and need a new drive then you will need to get a copy of windows 7 oem the same version that was on there ie home premium or ultra etc and use the product key from the sticker on the bottom of the laptop (if it is readable) if not you will need to buy a new copy of windows. With both of these options you will need to download the drivers for that machine.

  Pangaea 18:27 05 Jun 2012

Someone else mentioned I could download hirens or linux onto a flash drive and boot off of that, and run tests to make sure my HDD is faulty, is this correct, how would I go about it?

  onthelimit1 19:20 05 Jun 2012

You could burn an ISO copy of UBCD from here that is a linux based programme which has a number of useful tools on it.

  Pangaea 23:26 05 Jun 2012

Ok, I managed to work out Hirens, and ran the fujitsu hdd diagnosis test. I tested twice and both times it said no hdd was found, does this mean it's faulty? If so, what now? Do I work to repair it? Or buy a new hdd?

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