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Portege A600: cannot update to bios 3.0

Q: Portege A600: cannot update to bios 3.0

My current bios version is 1.6, the latest is 3.0
When trying to update the bios, I get an APPCRASH from INSTALL2.EXE
exception code c000005

I tried to run it in safe mode, but this doe not help

Thanks for help

A: Portege A600: cannot update to bios 3.0

Hi

The istall.exe should not crash and you should not update the BIOS in safe mode!
The Windows should be booted up and should run correctly!

Here is a Toshiba FAQ How to update BIOS:
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD9502M10000R01.htm

Possibly the error code is related to corrupt windows OS or to missing some necessary Toshiba tools.
Using Win XP the Common Modules should be installed.
Using Vista or Win 7 the VAP (value added packed) should be installed.

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Hi there,

My Portege A600-13Y BIOS is version 1.50:

- should I upgrade to 2.00WIN?
- I found this source for the biso upgrade 2.0 but there is no indication that this file is authentic TOSHIBA bios.
No checksums, no ssl certificate, nothing. Is it possible to get it in a secured / authenticated way?

Thanx for answers,
Schneiderlein

A:Re: Portege A600-13Y: BIOS update 1.50 to 2.00-WIN - How risky it is?

Hi

First of all you should use and download the BIOS files only from Toshiba website.
The Portege A600-13Y PPA61E is a Toshiba European notebook model and all the drivers and BIOS can be found on the Toshiba driver page.

I don?t know why you ask for the checksums or ssl certificate? the Toshiba websites are safe?
but everyone who needs the drivers or BIOS can download it?

You should only ensure that you have chosen the right notebook model and that you have downloaded the right BIOS!

But why you want to update the BIOS?
If your notebook is running troublefree then a BIOS update is not important? I follow always this advice; never change a running system.

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USB boot option seems to have disappeared from bios boot sequence menue after I installed bios 3.00. I wonder why this happened and how I can bring it back.

A:Portege A600 - Dissapearing of USB boot option after updating to bios 3.00

Hello,

normally the USB boot option is available and you can select the supported modi in the bios settings.
In a company environment it is possible to disable USB as boot device with some special tools. In this Case yo ushould ask your administrator.
If you are a single private customer you should visit an ASP.

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Can I insert second HDD instead of DVD drive in my Portege A600-157 ?

A:Second HDD for Portege A600

Hi

As far as I know this is not possible with Portege A600 series.
From my knowledge some other Portege series like Portege M400 or Portege M7xx series supports an Ultra Slim Bay HDD adaptor in order to insert an second HDD in place of the CD/DVD drive but A600 does not support this?

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While reinstalling windows XP on Portege A600-12O, I am receiving following error:
Built-in HDD Error:The Product recovery CD is unable to reinstall the OS.

Further, I tries to install XP SP2 using Microsoft's cd (...needless to mention without any success)...
following error is flashed on the screen:
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
if this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

A:Portege A600-12O - Can't reinstall Windows XP

Hello

In my opinion the error message from Toshiba recovery disk is very interesting and says a lot. What do you think about this?

If your HDD is defective you need a new one and you are not able to reinstall the OS. Maybe your HDD must be exchanged.

In your case I would contact an authorized service provider. The technicians can check your notebook and if it?s under warranty you should get a new HDD for free.

Greets

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Please, where can I found the driver for:

MAT****A DVD-RAM UJ 862AS

Thank you in advance.

Monny - Italy

A:Portege A600 - Need driver for MAT****A DVD-RAM UJ 862AS

Hi

Why do you ask for that? Is the drive not visible?

I mean the driver is not needed for ODD (optical disk drive).
The Windows uses the own Microsoft driver which is always a part of the Windows system.

Do you see a yellow exclamation mark in device manager?
I recommend deleting the ODD from the device manager.Then you will have to access the registry and should remove the Upperfilters and Lowerfilters values completely from the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

After that you have to reboot the unit.

Check it and I think the ODD should appear again.

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Hello,

I have bought a new Portege with Win Vista on it and Win Xp on a Revovery CD. Everything worked on my new Laptop. Then I have installed Win 7 on it without making a backup from my working system. That was a big mistake. I downloaded the Win 7 divers from the Toshiba homepage. But the Fingerprint Software means there is no sensor. The driver was installed. After much trying I have used the Recovery CD. Now I have WIN XP on my system with the same Problem. It was a Recovery CD with all drivers. It had to work. But it doesnt works.

Anyone an idea? Could anyone help me?

Best Wishes

Martin

A:Problem with Fingerprintsensor on Portege A600 with Win XP and Win 7

Hallo Martin

You are right. It should work properly if there is no problem with sensor itself.
Is it problematic for you to test it with Vista image too?
I mean if the situation is the same maybe you should contact nearest authorized service.

Can you start fingerprint software?

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I have a Portege A600-139 with built in mobile broadband modem. I have already downgraded to xp pro. My wifi, bluetooth work fine. I am also able to surf the net by using my sim card over EDGE. Since my operator does not yet offer 3G, I am not using it. I am able to surf the net by EDGE and also I am able to send and receive SMS messages by using Portege A600.

Question:
Since my Portege has a mic and speaker, would I be able to use portege as a mobie phone when I am connected to the gsm operator while my sim is inserted? If the answer is yes, how this would be done?

A:Could I use Portege A600 as a mobile phone?

Hi

I think the answer is no as the 3G card doesn't support the audio encoding/decoding required to be a mobile phone.

The specifications for the 3G Ericsson card mention nothing about supporting normal mobile phone calls.

Regards

Phil

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I have a portege A600 that stays in loop when I ask for Shut Down.

I tried to restore to a previous point, but, as the computer can not restart, the operation aborted.

What can I do?

A:My Portege A600 doesn't shuts down

Hi

Have you tried to use system restore tool when Windows starts normaly?

What you can try is to use system restore tool in safe mode or start notebook and use F8 > go tp Repair my computer option and go forward until you will enter system recovery options. Try please to use ?System restore? from there.

Does it work?

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Hi,
can anyone tell me what the size of the connector should be on the Portege A600-120 keyboard?

My keyboard failed last week and I ordered a new one which was supposed to be compatible with A600 but the connector was too wide.

Mine is a flat ribbon termination 15mm wide.

Keyboard serial number is G8C000903EN but a Google serach shows that is the keyboard for the R500....

thanks

A:Keyboard replacement for Portege A600-120

>can anyone tell me what the size of the connector should be on the Portege A600-120 keyboard?
Unfortunately I cannot help you with this info but at the bottom side of the keyboard you will find label with exact part number.

Strange thing is that using Google and G8C000903EN I cannot find anything.

Can you please check this part number one more time?

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My laptop freeze all the time maybe 10 times a day - does anyone have a solution to this?

Even watching a film or surfing the net is very hard.

I need the computer for my work.

A:Portege A600-12T - freeze all the time 10 times a day

Dear stein, don't understand me wrong but I really don't understand what kind of help or solution you expect now. Who knows why this happen? Notebook configuration is not known to us and everything possible can be responsible for this.

In my opinion you need some simply solution to this one sentence problem description ? reinstall OS again using Toshiba recovery image. Maybe you didn't have such problems with clean preinstalled operating system.

Good luck.

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Hi !

Can you please tell where can I get service manual for Portege A600 PPA60A? If it is not possible then how can I change HDD?

Thanks !

A:service manaul for Portege A600 PPA60A

If there is no HDD Cover or HDD Door, then the Top cover or Base Cover will need removing.

Why are you changing the HDD? Are you installing a higher capacity drive?

I assume the laptop is under Warranty, so you should get an ASP (Authorized Service Provider) to do it for you so the warranty is not voided. I believe there is a list of ASP's on the Toshiba.com.au website, in the support section.

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Hello,

I have a Portege A600-133 laptop.
First it is slow with opening the My Computer screen.

Second: after ejecting a dvd or cd disc , Windows still shows the contents of the disc, system hangs for a while, a USB disconnect sound can be heard and the dvd drive disappears from Windows (in My Computer / Explorer / Device Manager)

What can this be?

I did already the high/low filters trick in the registry, but that did not solve the problem....
I opened the laptop and checked the cabling to the dvd drive, cleaned the contacts, pressed the connectors.

But the problem is still there...
OS = Windows XP SP3


Regards,

Arjan

A:Portege A600-133: DVD drive disappears from My Computer

Hi

My first idea was to remove the upper and lower filters from the registry key but it seems you have already did this?.

Nevertheless here is a MS knowledge article about mentioned upper and lower filters.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/270008/en-us

Hmm? usually if the device is not present in the device manager then this means that the device is not connected or it is dead?

You should check if the ODD (optical disk drive) is recognized in BIOS.
You should also check if it?s possible to boot from the bootable CD.

If this is not possible then this could mean that your ODD malfunctions?

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Hi,

I have an older Toshiba Portege A600-13T Netbook, I am quite satisfied with it, but in the last time the WEBCAM is not working and I have no idea what to do. If I try to activate the camera I get the answer:

The WEB Camera couldn't been initialized

In Systemcontrol the message is:

The camera couldn't been started, Code 10

If I look at the driver and try to update, the message is:

The optimal driver is already installed

May be somebody has some idea what can I do and how to proceed. Sorry my bad english!

Thank you in advance and best regards
gh_1929

A:Portege A600-13T - webcam stopped work

Hi

Error code 10 means that the device could not be started.
This can be related to driver (software) problem as well as hardware problem.

Let?s see if its an software issue: to check this I would recommend you to uninstall the Chicony webcam software firstly.
As far as I know you should be able to uninstall the software in control panel ? programs & features.
In case the Chicony webcam software will not be listed there, go to device manager and uninstall the webcam driver which you should find under ?Imaging devices?.

After system reboot, go to Toshiba EU driver page and download the Chicony webcam software in order to perform new installation.
Probably you will need to reboot the notebook once again to get it working properly.

So lets hope this short procedure would solve your issue? of course only if the issue is related to software problem.

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Both CTRL keys are not working in my Portege A600, I update from vista to win 7 and i can?t use de Both CTRL keys.

in this thread speaks about this, but don't have solution

http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=40628


I contact the toshiba support but don't have information about this it.

What can i do?

Diego

A:CTRL keys are not working on Portege A600

There is no solution but after keyboard replacement everything was OK again.
Have you tried to download some keyboard test software and check functionality?

You must be 100% sure it is not hardware fault. I know it is definitely stupid solution but I strongly recommend you to reinstall original Visa and check keyboard functionality again just to be sure keyboard is not defective.

To be honest some kind of solution that can ?fix? two keyboard keys is not known to me.

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After installing windows 7 - 64 bit on Portege A600-133, neither Toshiba Assist button nor Toshiba a presenter button are working. All other buttons are working fine. How I can solve this?

A:Portege A600-133 Windows 7 64 bit button problem

Hi

Did you install the latest VAP (value added package)?
Toshiba page provides the latest Win 7 VAP for A600 which is v1.2.40

Are you using the latest BIOS?
Check this!

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G'day all.

I have an A600 (Vista original) which I recently installed to Windows 7 Professional 32 bit (reformat/reinstall). I was careful with the order of installation. All is fine except the inbuilt camera does not work and there is an unknown PCI Simple Communications controller listed in device manage. Undoubtedly the two are linked.

I have tried reloading the chipset drivers to no avail. The unknown device is PCI bus 0, device 3, function 0. Is there any way of determining what this device is so I can track down the missing driver?

A:Portege A600 - Unknown device after Windows 7 installation

Hi buddy,

Can you post the vendor and device ID of this unknown device? This would be useful to identify it.
=> [How to identify an unknown device (e.g. Wireless LAN module)?|http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/ann.jspa?annID=78]

But PCI communications controller could mean the webcam? In your case I would try installing the webcam driver from official Toshiba website. After the installation you should be able to start the webcam software and use the webcam.

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Hi
I have 2 minor problems with my a600

1:
whenever i go to suspend or hibernate, my sd drive has disappeared when my machine wakes up again.. this is really bothering when i run programs from it. eject and re-insert card does not help.
system manager deactivate sd drive and activate sd drive works, but i do not like to do that all the time.
is this the normal way a toshiba works or is it a problem of my machine? any help?

2:
with flashcard wireless i can deactivate wifi (which i hardly use) but when i reboot it is allways on again. Is there a way to change this default setting?

A:Portege A600 - SD drive disappears and can't deactivate WLAN

Hey,

1: Have you already updated the driver for card reader?

2: You can disable WLAN card in device manager for example. Then the WLAN card is disabled until you turn it on in device manager.

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Hello there.

I'm trying to install Windows 7 64bit Professional on my Portege A600.

I have tried to boot from DVD, flash. I have changed all possible settings in BIOS, I have updated BIOS to 3.0 version, but I still have this damn mistake "a required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing". Is there any place where I can download this driver to show it to the installer, without downloading 100tb of pron?

Or is there any way to fix my problem?

A:Portege A600 - CD/DVD device driver for Windows 7 installation

Hi

First of all there is no special CD/DVD driver. It?s a part of Windows 7 and so there are no drivers available.

It would be interesting to know when you get this error message exactly.

Maybe your CD/DVD drive faulty. Can you test another one?

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I got a Portege A600-175 running windows XP SP3 with a problem in the card reader device. Inserting a SD it makes the sound that usually USB devices make when inserted ( and also when it is removed) bur it doesn?t appear on ?my computer?. Getting to device manager It appears as a disk with an exclamation point over it and in properties I see the error This device cannot start. (Code 10)

I?ve already removed the device and let windows look for it and install it again but the problem continues.

Thanks in advance for looking into it.

A:Portege A600-175 - Card reader device cannot start

Hi fjdc,

I think you should look for a driver update on the Toshiba website:
http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com > Support & Downloads > Download Drivers

Remove the old version, restart the notebook and install the version from the Toshiba page.

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Hi...

I just got a Slim Port Replicator III (model PA3681E-2PRP) and attached a number of peripherals to it (a VGA monitor, a USB keyboard and a USB mouse), according to the user manual.

The device, however, does not work fully with my laptop (a Portege A600-133). More specifically, the laptop battery does not charge, the peripherals are not recognised and the docking led remains off. However, the laptop turns on and off from the power switch of the port replicator, and the ethernet port also works fine.

Any clues?

Thanks!

Dimitris

A:Portege A600-133 - Slim Port Replicator III not work fully

Hello,
i had too problems with Portege A600 and Slim Port Replikator, When i right connect, works all good! Maybe is it by too you, when you try to connect the Slim port R. must you: with your hands the Laptop with Slim Port R. extra together press in the Air about there where the connector is, an when it make it "clack" then is a right connected!
Sorry for my English

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I have 2 identical A600.
On of them displays 6 temperature probes - for example on Everest
Processor
Core 1
Core 2
GMCH1
GMCH2
Hard Drive

On the second one:
Processor
Core1
Core2
Hard Drive


Hint:
the second one overheats, always above 80°C (the fisrt bellow 60) and sometime crashes apparently by excess of temperature.

Thanks for help

A:Portege A600 - Missing temperature probes in Everest and overheat

Hi

I don?t believe such 3rd party tools but if your notebook is overheating and shuts down you should clean it using compressed air spray. This could blow out the dust from the cooling ventilators.

Make also sure that you are using the newest BIOS version. You can download it on the Toshiba website.

Good luck! :)

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My toshiba laptop came with absolutely no discs whatsoever, is this normal?

The wifi can find networks but when i try to connect i get a message saying invalid network key (or soemthing like that) een when i've put the correct password in multiple times.

And lastly, when i start up the laptop my left click on both the button and touchpad will only right click the desktop, but then when a window is opened and i "left click" it acts as if the windos is in the background.

I found what i believe is the latest driver to the touchpad, installed it, all works except the right click doesn't work whatsoever.

When i restart my laptop it reverts back to the old touchpad drivers and so i have to reinstall the driver via keyboard.

A:Portege A600 - Multiple problems (windows 7, wifi, mouse pad)

Hi

> My toshiba laptop came with absolutely no discs whatsoever, is this normal?
Yes, it?s normal.
I assume you didn?t read the user manual because there you can find the reason for that.

Regarding your issues it?s hard to say why this happen but I still assume that you are try to put in the wrong password. Please check this again or use another password.

And have you tested an external mouse? Does the same happen?

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Hi

I have put Windows 7 x64 on my Portege A600-122 and have a "PCI Simple Communications Controller" in the device manager. It appears this is becuase the Intel AMT (Active Management Technology) driver is not installed.

I am struggling to find it, there is a [Windows 7 x86 driver|http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/jsp/autoDetect.do?service=UK&ACTION=PROCESS_DETECTION& TYPE=FORWARD&SOURCE=SMP&COUNTRY=242&QSA=TRUE&MODEL =PORTEGE+A600&SERIAL=X8100601H&service=UK&LOCALE=& OSBUILD=7600&SUB_TYPE=SMP&OSBITSIZE=64&PANUMBER=PP A61E-008008EN&ERROR=0]

and a [Vista x86 driver|http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/jsp/autoDetect.do?service=UK&ACTION=PROCESS_DETECTION& TYPE=FORWARD&SOURCE=SMP&COUNTRY=242&QSA=TRUE&MODEL =PORTEGE+A600&SERIAL=X8100601H&service=UK&LOCALE=& OSBUILD=7600&SUB_TYPE=SMP&OSBITSIZE=64&PANUMBER=PP A61E-008008EN&ERROR=0]

but I can not find a Windows 7 x64 driver, will one of the above do or is there another link to the x64 driver?

Thanks

A:Need PCI Simple Communications Controller driver for Win7 for Portege A600-122

Hi,

Please, try to download and install:

http://www.drivercure.com/driver/driver_captcha.php?device_driver_id=5CFDA707-11B0-4FEC-8C89-65E3E4EA9AFD

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Hi,
I am recently encountering problem with my portege a600-128. No wireless network adapters shown, an thus no wifi detection, moreover when using headphones, the realtek HD audio software detects them being plugged-in, but no sound is produced - i was wondering if this last one is a problem due to software or maybe a hardware damage..

Re: wifi, I tried downloading the realtek_wlan_20100225.zip driver from the site, but nothing changed. Actually, the only adapter shown in the device manager is the toshiba f3507g mobile broadband adapter, and in network connections i can only see that one. Trying to "scan for hardware changes" in the device manager only managed the laptop to realise that my alps pointing device (the touchpad) isn't installed (though it always worked, and still does) - trying to install the tpdrv-20081103180427.ZIP didn't change anything..

thanks for any help!

A:Portege A600-128 - No WiFi card detected and no sound via headphones

Hi buddy,

Have you checked if WLAN connection is enabled using FN+F8 key combination? If your notebook has a WLAN hardware switch, it must be set to ON!
Furthermore I would recommend loading the default settings in BIOS.

Regarding your sound issue, have you tried updating the sound driver?

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I have a problem with the Toshiba XP Factory build for the Portege A600 and Portege R600.
If you try to modify the sound properties for the Webcam using the Camera Assistant Software with the sound muted, the Camera Assistant application will hang & Windows is unable to close it or even shut down. The only way to shut down is to hold down the power button until the machine switches off.

So far, the only workaround I can come up with is to turn the volume down to zero rather than using the mute option. The trouble is, if you forget and mute the sound rather than turning it down and then try to modify the sound properties, its 'game over'. Also, this isn't really satisfactory as the policy is to keep the machines muted until the sound is needed.

It doesn't happen with the Vista Build, only the XP Build.

My guess is that this will happen on any machine using the Chicony Webcam & software with the Realtek HD audio but I haven't tried it on enough machines yet to be sure. So far, I have recreated it on two A600s and an R600. The machines are not faulty and you can create the problem, 'straight out of the box'. Just do the following:
1) Use the Toshiba supplied Product Recovery DVD to restore the Toshiba Windows XP SP2 factory build
2) Once you have done all the set up stuff, mute the sound
3) Open up the Camera Assistant Software application & select the properties
4) Choose the audio settings tab

That's it, the application has hung. The version of t... Read more

A:Portege A600 Webcam Software hangs when modifying settings with sound muted

Hi

I don?t have a Portege but U400 with integrated webcam and preinstalled Win XP.
I installed a clean Win XP and then updated the XP to the latest state and installed all possible and available drivers from the Toshiba page.

I followed the steps described in your message and I have to say that I didn?t notice any strange issues? the webcam software is still running properly?

I don?t know what the problem could be but I recommend checking the sound driver fro update? maybe you could use the one from the Realtek page?
Furthermore check if the BIOS has been updated to the latest state and if your Win XP is up to date?.

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Folks,

I have been wrestling with this device for a while now and I seem to be progressively making the situation worse.

My current issue is that I can no longer access the BIOS after changing a setting in the BIOS that related to USB emulation (or something like that). I was in the process of trying to make the device boot from a USB and pretty much twiddling with every setting to see what would work.

This one didn't. And now the device no longer responds to F2. It's like it is ignoring the keyboard. Doh!

Is there some way to roll back or re-flash the BIOS? Or another way to access it? I tried an external keyboard, to no avail.

How did I get here?

Well ... I was given this device to put back to factory condition and I could not find an obvious option that would do this, other than the Toshiba Maintenance Utility which looked hopeful. It offered to erase the partition (which at the time seemed fair enough) - BUT THAT"S all it did - so the machine just repeatedly boots, displays "Please insert system disk" and then reboots.

OK, I'm an idiot - but it does seem silly for Toshiba to offer an option that instantly bricks the machine?

Anyway, I've moved on from that problem to one that is significantly more dire. Not being able to access the BIOS means I don't have any options - unless one of you wonderful people can help me discover one.

Help

I have since discovered that the next setting I was going to adjust - the Secure Boot setting - may have solved... Read more

A:Portege - Can't access BIOS after update

Which notebook model do you have and which operating system do you use?

If you use Win8.1 you have access to some BIOS settings using settings in system settings. Check it out please.

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I tried to Update the BIOS at my M700-110 PPM70E-02302DEN from 1.60 up to 1.80 (P005Bv180.exe).

However it fails with the error " BIOS Update is not supported OS. Unsupported OS or service pack installed."

Within the "more information" I could read "OS independent".
Is the Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 not supported?

What's the matter?
Which BIOS is the right one for my system?

Please help me!
THanks a lot.

A:BIOS Update not possible for Portege M700

Hi

It seems that Vista OS was preinstalled on this notebook.
This means that you have installed the Win 7 system at your own hand.

The point is that BIOS update requires some essential Toshiba tools.
For example the Value Added Package is important software and should be preinstalled on the notebook.

Is VAP installed?
If not install the VAP before trying to update the BIOS.

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Hi,

I have only linux (antergos) on my Portage Z30-B-100, Does anybody know of any way to flash update bios?
Thanks

A:Portege Z30-B-100 update bios from linux

Hi

On the Toshiba EU driver page you can find only the win-based BIOS update version.
This means that BIOS can be updated from running system only and you need to run Windows OS in order to start the BIOS update procedure. Linux isn't supported in this case...

Here you can find the How to doc about the BIOS update
forum.toshiba.eu/showthread.php?82280

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Hi!

I have a Portege 3440CT with bios version 1.50.

This version does not support large HDD so I thought I'd update the BIOS. (don't know if version 1.60 does either, does anyone know?)

When I try to run the bios-update-program on win2000, it says "Initial error", anyone know what's causing this?

BIOS is downloaded from Toshibas website.

I have no floppy or CD-rom available.
Have tried the updater on win98, and also in DOS and it says "this utility not available on v86 mode!"

Is there any way to place the BIOS file on a small hard drive, and boot from that?

Ideas, anyone?

A:Bios update on Portege 3440CT.

Sorry CyB but I really do not understand you. If you check Toshiba support page you will find two BIOS updates. Both of them must be done using FDD. So now I am asking myself why you try to do it under running operating system. Sorry but it is really ridiculous.

Toshiba provide two different BIOS updates. One is TRAD (must be done with FDD) and WIN (can be done under running WXP or now Vista). For old notebook models there is no WIN version.

Is there any way to place the BIOS file on a small hard drive, and boot from that?

As far as I know something like this is not possible and you can check eBay and obtain FDD. You can get it for few bucks. It is really not expensive.

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I've been looking on the Toshiba Site for BIOS updates for a Portege 3440CT, but can't find anything for the older models. Are they still available? Also the BIOS on the laptop at the moment is 1.50, acan anyone tell me what the most recent version is?

Thanks

Neil

A:Need BIOS update for Portege 3440CT

All BIOS updates, drivers, tools and utilities for older notebook models you can find under ARCHIVE.
For your Portege there you can find BIOS version 1.60.

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Good morning.

Can someone tell me where can i find the changelog for BIOS update 4.50-WIN(ECB1.40)?
Thank you.

A:Portege R30-A Bios Update change log (4.50-WIN (ECB1.40)

Toshiba EU BIOS page does not provide any change log details.
But on Toshiba US driver page you can check such information.

The BIOS version seems to be the same:
Visit this page and click on BIOS (left column)
http://support.toshiba.com/support/d...ext=1200008975

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Had a go at installing this, and all is fine apart from installing the Value Added Package - the main thing I want to get working is the function keys for screen brightness and connecting a TV.

I understand that upgrading the BIOS can help getting the VAP installed ( I get the ID ERR NOTINSTALLTVALZ message), I know that Toshiba are not directly supporting the A100 for Vista but is there a BIOS I can install that will work? I'm thinking there might be a similar machine that works in Vista or maybe just an A100 BIOS that will suffice?

Many thanks!

A:Vista on Portege A100 - Can I update the BIOS?

Hi

May I ask where did you found the Vista Value Added Package for Portege A100?
I didn?t find this Value Added Package on the Toshiba Europe site.

There are only 3 files for Vista. One of the files is BIOS v1.60-WIN which seems to be OS-independent.

Regarding the BIOS;
You should know that the BIOS update is always risky.
If you will use wrong BIOS version or wrong BIOS update procedure you can damage the motherboard!!!
?and as you probably know the motherboard is one of the expensive notebook parts!!!
It?s not worth to trying something which can damage the notebook. You know?

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Good day, I have two questions about Portege 3410.

The first one: I cannot update BIOS (there is 1.50 in use, I want to update to 1.60). The instruction does not work: I connect Teac USB-drive on USB-port, switch USB-FDD emulation to Enable, switch notebook On with F12 pressed, the message "Ready to update BIOS..." appears, I presed key, but nothing happend. What's wrong?

The second one: I cannot install Windows XP on to notebook (it does not boot neither FDD-USB, nor External DVD-USB).
How can I install Windows?

Thank you.
Mikhail

A:Portege 3410 - How to update BIOS and install XP?

Hi

Just one question: Why do you want to update the BIOS? Is it really necessary?
I ask this because this update is always a little bit risky and you could damage the ROM module.
Anyway, have you tried to load default settings in BIOS before you start the update and install XP?

You can install XP without CD. Therefore you must copy the i386 folder on the HDD from another computer and some booting files for HDD? I think you should search a little bit with Google to find workaround for this. You should find enough! ;)

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Hi,

how can I update my BIOS when using Ubuntu Linux?

The reason why I'd like to update my BIOS is that on the one hand Ubuntu
writes an error message during boot-up and recommends to upgrade it and on
the other hand I'm afraid that there is maybe a temperature problem, at least the
notebook becomes slower after working for a while.

The notebook operating temperature usually is between 45-64 degrees.
The fan turns on at 62 degrees and turns off at 52 degrees.

Temperature seems to be pretty normal I would say but I think its not normal that the
notebook becomes slower when operating above 50 degrees.

I already opened it, it seems to be all right with the cooling unit, no dirt e.g...

Maybe I just persuade myself I and the performance is completely normal for a PIII with
866MHz??

Thank you

A:Portege 2010 BIOS update / operating temperature

Dear Julio

I presume you know that Linux is not supported OS and designed BIOS update is created to be performed in running Windows OS. This nice Portege is known to me and I know very well that it is not the fastest notebook and it is designed for business purposes like working with Office, e-mail communication and every other everyday activity.

Because of that answer to your latest question can be: yes you persuade yourself.

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Hi,

I recently picked up a Portege M200 and installed (via PXE - network install) Windows 7 on it. I would like to upgrade the BIOS as it's still at the original BIOS (1.1). I downloaded and extracted the pkg and tried to install via Windows but it says my OS isn't supported. I don't have an external CD drive or FDD - how can I update the BIOS? I tried to put it on a USB drive but there doesn't seem to be an option to boot from USB.

Thanks!
Jerry

A:Portege M200 BIOS update running Windows 7?

Ok, I'm thinking I could use an SD card but I see it's not recognized by Windows 7 and when I put in a card, nothing happens...

Anyone know where I can find a driver for it? I do see there are 2 devices not recognized - one "Base System Device" and one "Unknown Device"...

And I see it doesn't recognize the video card either - just uses Standard VGA Graphics Adapter which seems to work fine...

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Hello Forum,

i have exactly the same problem as described here, 2 years ago:
http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=65519

I need to update my BIOS, but i cant because the BIOS Updater tells me that Intel-TXT is enabled.
Unfortunatelly i cant disable it in my bios. Its just not selectable. The "cursor" just jumps over it.
I can only "Hide" it which doesnt help.
I have the same for the VT-d and VT-x setting in the BIOS. This is not selectable or changeable as well.

TPM isnt enabled though...
I installed the infineon suite and it tells me that i need to enable TPM in bios to use it. :-(

I have an very old Bios Version 3.1 and i read in the changelog that in V3.4 and 3.5 there were many TPM related changes....

Anyway....
Back then, a user named Paolo30 uploaded a file P007Dv360A_EC77V140.zip to 2shared.com which fixed this.
Unfortunatelly this file was deleted on 2shared.com

can someone please provide that file (or a later bios update) which fixes this?
Thanks in advance.

A:Need Portege R830 BIOS Update without Intel-TXT Check

Port?g? R830-10P belongs to the PT321 series so you need BIOS released for Port?g? R830 PT321

You can download such older BIOS versions from different Toshiba driver pages.
For example: http://www.toshiba-asia.com/sg/support/drivers

On this Toshiba Asia page I could find all BIOS for this Portege model.

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Hi,

I want to update my laptop bios 3.40 with the version (BIOS_V390_ECV160_WIN) , it shows me an error message :
TOSHIBA BIOS Package Ver.4.2.1

"This computer in not supported"


Why!!!!!

A:Re: Bios update Toshiba Portégé R830-1DR (PT321E-0G401EFR)

Check this thread:
http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=65519

try the update to v3.60 before trying the v3.90

By the way: Does VAP (value added package) is installed properly? This package is very important for BIOS update

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Hi,

I have an Old Portege A100, Model: PPA10A-0002LP, but I can't seem to find that model on any Toshiba website, closest I've seen is the " PPA10A-0002L".

I'm wanting to see if there's a BIOS update that will allow me to Boot from a USB Device.

The issue I am having is that I need to reinstall Windows, but the CD ROm cant read discs.
It does Network Booting PXE, but i'm new to this sort of thing and have absolutly no idea what to do there.

Any help would be great,


Thanks

A:Portege A100 PPA10A - Will BIOS update allow to boot from a USB device

Hi

Portege A100 seems to be developed only for Australian market.
As you said there is a Portege A100 PPA10A-0002L model number listed on the Toshiba Australian page but the Portege A100 PPA10A-0002LP belongs to the same series which is PPA10A.
So in my opinion the BIOS should work too.

Anyway, I doubt that the BIOS update will add any further booting options.

Usually the BIOS support the booting from CD/DVD drive, HDD, LAN and USB FDD.
It should be possible to boot from a bootable diskette using an USB FDD drive.
I doubt you would be able to boot from USB ODD since this Portege A100 supports an internal CD/DVD drive.

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Portege R830/PT321E: Bios Update stops with "An error occurred while preparing the update environment..."

Following message seems at first

BIOS Version: Current Ver. 3.40 -> Updated Ver. 3.70
EC Version: Current Ver. 1.30 -> Updated Ver. 1.50
Bios and EC should be updated

During the BIOS update seems following message:

+An error occurred while preparing the update environment. You have not given permission to execute the update.+

My settings:
- BitLocker is switched off.
- No connection to a docking station
- Windows 7 is installed
- Boot mode is on? I guess it means:
"Closes all open programs, shut down windows, and then turns off your computer."

Any idea what the problem is?

Message was edited by: ML

A:Portege R830/PT321E: Bios Update stops with "An error occurred while..."

Hi ML

Maybe stupid question now but why do you want to update BIOS on this, I think, pretty new notebook model?
Have you noticed some issues or hardware problems?

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I am in the process of updating my BIOS settings on my laptop (which I was prompted to do by Toshiba's hardware updating service).

I followed all of the instructions provided by the program as it extracted and ran the update. However, the computer began the process of restarting, but has been "logging off" windows (Vista Business) for about an hour now. I'm not sure how to stop the process without causing serious damage to my BIOS, but this doesn't seem normal.

Please help!

A:Problem updating BIOS- Protege A600

DO NOT UPGRADE TOSHIBA BIOS.

Lack of support and many bugs in their new BIOS.

Before you are making any upgrade try contacting Toshiba directly and see that it's impossible.

Last BIOS upgrade was really bad.

Hen

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Hello,

I have problems with entering the BIOS and boot. My device requests a password, what can you do? Toshiba service centers in our city is not present. All I could do - press control, tab, control, enter, and the machine gave me PC Serial

Sorry for my English, I used Google translator.

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Hi,
has anyone tested the new bios (4.20-WIN(ECB1.40)) for the Toshiba Portege Z30-A or is there an official change log?
Did toshiba change the fan-behaviour? The fan is not loud/annoying, but it could kick in a little bit later.
Regards

A:New Bios for Portege Z30-A Changelog

Has somebody already installed the new bios?

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Hello everyone,

I upgraded the BIOS on my Z30-B-119 laptop, and it is much worst than the original BIOS so I would like to downgrade it.
There was no way to save the original BIOS when updating and the previous BIOS is not available on the website.

Do anyone have the original BIOS and knows how to extract it?

Or maybe someone knows how to contact Toshiba technical team directly? (Seeing what they implemented in new BIOS, I have no hopes they read this forum or care about user opinions.)

If you wonder why I want to downgrade and what is wrong with it, see below for explanation.

I was convinced that the new BIOS would fix the problem with the fan, which switched on way too early, but it turned out they made it much worst! Now the fan switches on at 42?. Before it was 50?, which was already a stupid choice of Toshiba engineers, providing that the temperature rating of this CPU is 105? so they could keep the laptop quiet at least up to 60?, especially that many people complain about the fan in this model. Instead, Toshiba did the opposite and lowered the temperature even more.


Seeing how senseless choices their engineers make, I will never buy another Toshiba and will not recommend anyone buying their products. But since I already made the mistake an bought a Toshiba laptop, I hope I will be able to downgrade the BIOS or contact them to ask for an update.

Let me know if you know how to do it.

A:How to downgrade BIOS on Portege Z30-B?

Toshiba Portege Z30-B-119 PT253E-01100XPL
This European model belongs to PT253E series

The Portege Z3x-B PT253U (the same model) has been released in USA and it supports the same BIOS

The BIOS for the PT253U is compatible with PT253E and can be downloaded here:
http://support.toshiba.com/support/v...tentId=4007631

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Please can someone tell me where to find the latest BIOS for a Toshiba Portégé M400. I have looked on the Toshiba website, and all there is for Portégé is the M750, and M800.
Thanks in advance,
Joel

A:BIOS for Portege M400 needed

Have you also checked ARCIVE option?

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Dear all,

I don't expect anyone to tell me how on-line!
I just need to now if this is possible and the best way of doing it.

I'd rather not use the various password cracking s/w or home-made parallel jumpers.
Can I get this done 'professionally"?

Thanks in advance,

Steve.

A:Portege BIOS Passwd Reset - Can it be done?

Yes, the BIOS password can be deleted.

This procedure can only make an ASP (authorized service provider). Here you can search:
http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com

Best regards

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Hi All,

I have a Toshiba Portege R830, running 32-bit Windows 7 (SP1) enterprise (for work).
I also boot into Linux Mint 14 64-bit, which I have installed on a portable USB HDD (outside work).

I recently bought a USB 3 HDD, but when I connect it to the USB 3 port on my R830, it only gives me USB 2 speeds (25 MB/s).

I checked with some diagnostic utilities (usbdeview, etc), which say that the drive is connected in USB 2.1 mode.

The drive reports itself as being USB 3, the cable is USB 3 (SuperSpeed), and the port I'm using on the R830 is 3.

I experience the same, whether I boot into windows or linux.

I updated all drivers on both OSs, to no avail.

next i tried to update the BIOS, but I keep getting the following error:
"An error occurred while preparing the update environment.
You have not given permission to execute the update."

For the record, this is the BIOS I'm going from, & to.
BIOS Version : Current Ver.2.80 --> Updated Ver.4.10
EC Version : Current Ver.1.10 --> Updated Ver.1.60

Does anyone know why I would not be getting USB 3 speeds (which, for my drive, are expected to be around 40 to 50 MB/s), or why all diagnostics are saying USB 2?

Does anyone know how to overcome the BIOS update issue?
(I've tried safe mode, disabling AV, disabling NX)

Cheers

A:Portege R830 - USB 3 & BIOS updates

Is this USB driver installed?

Please try to install it and check USB speed again.

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I need make cd-rom 1-st boot device.
There are no operating system installed on my hdd.

I could not change my BIOS.
I press and hold Esc button then F1.

After that i see Bios screen, but i can not change anything.
I can only escape without and with changes?
No items can bee changed?

Can anybody help me???

A:Re: Portege M400 - Cannot change anything in Bios

HI

You don?t need to change the booting device in BIOS.
You can also set it while notebook powering up.
Press F12 immediately after the notebook has been powered on
Then a boot menu should appear.
Here you have to choose ODD as booting device and should confirm with Enter.

That?s it

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Wanted to upgrade from win 7 to win 10
First win 10 check telling "your processor not compatible "
After check for info some changes made in the bios and now . . .
Request me password !
Seems I have to contact Toshiba for solution: whom and where
Thks regards

A:Bios password appears on Portege M

Hi,
any tips, info ?
thks

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Hi!
I found my old laptop, but can't boot it - forgot BIOS password. CMOS battery disconnection didn't helped.
Local support asked me go to offline service, but they want too much money for unlocking - this laptop is now cheaper himself.
USA support asked me write here
May be somebody can help to generate unlock response code?
Model is Portege R500 PPR50E-06W012RU

A:Portege R500 BIOS password

BIOS protection is very important feature for protection so it cannot be discussed in public forum.
If someone writes here how you can remove BIOS password every stolen Portege R500 can be unlocked.

I know it costs a bit but this should be done by Authorized service provider.

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Hi forum,

I take out the HDD, when I stick it back; the BIOS didn?t detecting the HDD.
How can I set the HDD at the BIOS? The option drives i/o isn?t editable.

I need urgent help...

Thanks

A:Portege 3500 does not detecting the HDD at the BIOS

Try to access the BIOS and set it back to the default settings. Don?t forget to save the changes. ;)

A friend of mine had a similar issue and the BIOS default settings was the key.

So check it out

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i do not have a floppy drive on my machine, only usb ports and a sd card slot. How can i upgrade the bios?

pete

A:Portege 4000 bios upgrade

The easiest way is to create a dos boot cd-rom. There are several descriptions on the web. Google for it.
Add the extracted Toshiba bios files biofc67t.com, ec29nobb.bin, chgbiosa.exe and chgfirma.exe to the CD-rom.

At first boot from the cd and run 'chgfirma ec29nobb.bin'.
Now the ECKBC-Firmware is written (don't power off during flash!!!)
Than boot again from cd and run 'chgbiosa biofc67t.com'.
This flashes the Bios.
Both flash are necessary!

Here is how to extract the Toshiba bios file.
At first you have to extract the R211VOL2.exe file. Easiest way to do so is to use 'universal extractor' -- google for it.
After this you will get the file R211VOL2.IMA. This is a floppy image file.
You can extract the single files in the archiv using winimage (trial version should work).

Good luck!

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hey everyone...sorry to bother you with such a dumb question but i cant for the life of me find out how to enter the bios on this model. ive tried f1-f12 and del and nothing seems to work?

any thoughts?
 

A:toshiba portege 3480CT bios

Try Esc.
 

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I have a Portege 3010ct.
When i got it, it had Windows 98 installed on it but i wanted to put Linux on it so i could learn that.

So i tried getting into the Bios to make it boot from my CD but couldn't get into the Bios or really do anything. So in a final attempt i reformatted the hdd.

Now i can't get into anything.
Can anyone help?

I tried every button i thought might get me into the Bios and even tried hitting all of them, no one can seem to get me into it.

A:How to access the BIOS on Portege 3010ct

Hi

To access the BIOS you should use and press the ?ESC? button immediately after Portege was power up.

But as I understood you right, you want to boot from the internal CD/DVD drive.

Well, you could also try to press the ?C? button.
This would enable the booting from the ODD.

Furthermore pressing F12 button would allows you to enable the boot menu on the screen.
Then choose the CD/DVD drive to boot from CD .

Check it out

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i have a portege 2010 with a bad bios
on normal startup it goes to this screen
BIOS(Block3) is damaged! (Call your serviceman.)

so i have tried to reflash the bios the usual way.
making a floppy with
-----
biosfile biofca6t.com
chgbiosa.exe
-----
and booting up with either the bios flashing key pressed (just left of the spacebar)
or by pressing any key at the "block3" screen

it does load the chgbiosa.exe program. which reads the bios file
Flashes, and reboots
-----
Reading BIOS file...
Erasing and Writing BIOS data...

ROM write Successfull!!
Utility Finished
-----
Then it Reboots


but sadly. nothing changes. it still goes to the Block 3 screen

so i am thinking that i may have a damaged bios chip on my hands.
since the successfull re-flash doesn't do anything..

-----------------
NOT RECOMMENDED
so i decided to check if the chgbiosa indeed do anything.
so during the write process i disconnected the power.
(incomplete write process) and i ended up, with a (block 1)
damaged. Another bios update later.
and we are back to (Block3)
so it does write to the bios
DO NOT TRY THIS: May erase the "failsafe" part of the bios
---------------------
so the question is. Where do i go from here.

i am willing and able to desolder the chip and flash it elsewhere
but i dont have a "complete" bios file only the u... Read more

A:Portege 2010 - Bad BIOS (block3)

Hi

So many questions and most of them should be answered by technicians. I really think you need professional help. I recommend you to call nearest Toshiba service provider and ask for help.
To be honest I don?t think you will be able to order this chip anywhere. Talk with service.

By the way: refurbished mainboard for Portege 2000/2010 with well working BIOS chip I found on eBay for 39 Euro so if you will not be able to do anything and repair BIOS buy new motherboard, exchange it and be happy.

By the way, I have Portege 2000 and it is really nice notebook.

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Hello friends,

i have Portege R700-1321 Laptop.
about 1 year a go i was update my BIOS version to 2.20 and after that i cant enter the BIOS!!!
try any way but noway :(

when press F2 after rebooting computer nothing append and reset again .
try to F10 ro change boot order but again just restarting :(
i need to change boot order to install new fresh OS and of course change my BIOS setting.

please help me.
if any body had a same problem or know way to fix it :(

A:Cannot enter BIOS on my Portege R700

Can you use F8 or F12 at start-up?
Is maybe ?fast boot? option enabled? Check it out please.
Open Toshiba assist > optimize > Toshiba HWSetup > Boot priority. There you should find option for boot speed. Be sure it is set to ?normal?

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I am trying to reformat a Portege p3500 for my brother's g/f. I have an external usb dvd drive and a copy of XP ready to go. The problem is I cannot get into the stupid bios. I hit esc, during the toshiba boot screen and get the following message. "check system. Press F1" when I press F1 it just goes right back to the toshiba boot screen and from there loads xp. I have looked other places on-line and supposedly pressing F1 accesses the BIOS. Doesn't seem to work for me. I am stuck please help
 

A:Can't access Portege p3500 BIOS

Boot XP, get into the Control Panel, System, Advanced... choose Startup and recovery Options... and check the timing settings for going into Windows and into recovery options. Set going into Windows to 0 seconds and recovery options to 10 seconds. De select automatic restart and send an administrative alert while you are in there. Try the F2, F10 and DELETE keys
 

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i have a laptop Toshiba portage M400
locked by Bios password
even i can't access the bios
how can i reset the bios
please hep me
i have an important data inside the laptop

A:How to reset BIOS password in Portege M400?

Hi

Please check http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/FAQ35002I000IR01.htm
There you can find answer to your question.

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Changing the BIOS setting for Portege S100 from JBOD to RAID0, I hit space on Exectute Creation and enter the string key in the manual and press "enter".
The settings then return to existing settings and not the new RAID0 setting I selected.

I have been at this most of the day / evening looking at various posts, but I can see nothing wrong with the details entered.

It is the same as recorded in this link:-
[How to Change the RAID configuration|http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB6901K60006R01.htm]

I am now at the end of my tether, I only wanted to install new WD HDD and do fresh install of XP Pro, is that too much to ask?

A:Portege S100: How to change the RAID in the BIOS

Did you enter "1234" as the confirmation code when you changed the RAID setting?

This code can be found in the users manual :)

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Hi,

I purchased an M400 Tablet system and having a lot of trouble with the BIOS.

I am able to get into the BIOS, but it appears to be restricted.
It says there are three pages and to use the pgup and pgdn to change pages, this does not work.

I have tried it with a USB keyboard and removing the keyboard from the tablet, but this does not work either.
The laptop does not have SWSetup installed on it. I downloaded this from the website but say's that the BIOS is incorrect.

I then decided to flash the BIOS.
Downloaded windows BIOS flash and that say's that the BIOS is incorrect.

I would like to reinstall the OS but at the moment I am unable to to get it to boot from the CD as I can't change the boot sequence.

Can any one please help me.

A:Portege M400 - Cannot navigate through BIOS pages

Hi

That?s strange.
First of all you can boot from the CD pressing F12 and then you could choose ODD as booting device.

Secondly it?s interesting to know if some passwords (user or supervisor password) have been set because such kind of password could restrict changing the BIOS options.

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Hello,
I have a Portege Z830 with BIOS version 1.60. It runs a single operating system, ubuntu, (without a windows OS it does not appear to be possible to upgrade the BIOS). I have a bootable USB (debian, created by copying an .iso image using dd) which works on other computers, but not on this one. With USB at the top of the boot priority, it is not recognized as a bootable device and the computer boots from the HDD. The boot is in legacy mode, not UEFI (there is no UEFI/legacy switch in the BIOS menu).

Any pointers how to enable a boot from a USB on this computer?


Thanks and kind regards,

James

A:1.60 BIOS does not recognise bootable USB in Portege Z830

As you probably know, Toshiba doesn't support Linux so you cannot upgrade BIOS under Linux OS.
It is also not offered to be installed from USB.

It works like application and must be executed under running Windows.

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Dear,

We from UsedPC a company in Holland thats sell second handed Notebooks en Computers just bought 4 of Toshiba Portege M300
We only have one problem on all of the machines, They are locked with an start up password ( bios password ) so we cant install them
Only we need the responses codes that we dont know.
Can somebody help us out please?


Greets,


UsedPC

A:Portege M300 – BIOS password removal

Hi,

Read this article:

http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/ann.jspa?annID=11

As you see to remove Bios password you should contact the asp (service center). It's user to user forum and nobody can really help you with this issue.

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Hi

I have toshiba portege s100 i loss bios password when i search about it so i found a method i pressed ctrl, teb and ctrl,enter my leptop screen shows s/n and challenge code and system need response code but i do not know response code pleas help me i need response cod the s/n and challenge cod is as under,
pc serial no = 36738792g
challenge code= 7N67Y-YVDEA-XQ6VY-KMLCB-1F1ML
response code=

Thank you.

A:I loss BIOS password for my Portege S100

Hi

Unfortunately nobody here can help you with this. BIOS password is very important security feature and it cannot be solved on some public forums.
This can be solved with authorized service only.

Response code can be given by Toshiba only and they don't give it to anyone. Only authorized service provider can get it after check if notebook is not stolen.
Contact nearest Toshiba service provider and they can help you wth this.

Bye and good luck.

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I was handed a Portege 2000 to take a look at. As soon as I turn it on I can see the Toshiba logo which immediately followed by a black screen that only says "password=".
I've tried searching for answers but have come up empty handed.

I am at a loss as to what to do new. I was hoping someone here could give me some insight as to where to go from here.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.

A:Portege 2000 BIOS passoword is needed

Hi

It looks like the notebook is locked by BIOS password.
You need the password in order to boot the unit.
If you don?t know the password then you will need to get in contact with an local ASP (authorized service provider) technician which would be able to remove this unknown password.

Good luck

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Anyone have a back up bios for a Portege Z30-A-10Z laptop.

My laptop bios has locked me out with password and need to program a new bios chip with new bios.

I cant prove ownership with Toshiba with original receipt so they wont help as I purchased it from ebay a wile back and the seller is no longer registered :(

A:Password locked Portege Z30-A-10Z - BIOS needed.

It is very stupid situation now. If your notebook is ?locked? by BIOS password you have big problem now and nobody here can help you. BIOS password must be removed by authorized service provider.
BIOS password is very important security feature so any problem with locked machine must be handled by ASP. There are several different methods for BIOS password removal and it has nothing to do with BIOS backup or some kind of new BIOS installation.

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Hi,

My Portege R700M stopped working after I spilled tea on it. Service center had rejected it quoting 'Motherboard, damaged', The laptop was setup for BIOS password protection for HDD.

Even though the hard drive is intact, I am not able to recover the data from due to BIOS password protection. will Toshiba able to help me unlock the password.

Regards

A:Defective Portege R700M - BIOS & HDD password reset

I presume mainboard is defective and will be replaced. I presume HDD is OK so I believe your original HDD will be used again. After mainboard replacement you don?t need BIOS password anymore. New mainboard will not be secured by BIOS password.

At least explain the situation and Toshiba technicians will explain to you how it works.

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I have installed W10 on my R700 and R930 successfully - but I have two minor issues I can?t solve:
- I cannot enter BIOS - the route via Settings - advanced Start - troubleshooting - Start repair etc. does not work. How do I enter BIOS in W10???
- I try to update my Intel drivers via the Intel driver Update Utility - but when I run this App - the App are not able to identify any Intel drivers on my two Porteges - how can this be possible? In the System info I can see information about the Intel processors - how can that be?
Otherwise W10 is running good....

/Anders

A:Win 10 on Portege R700 and R930 works but wher is the BIOS?

Well - I found the answer to the first question - how to enter Bios in W10 - in the energy options you have to disable quick start-up - then you can enter BIOS by just holding the F12 at powering up. Worked on my two Portege.
/Anders





I have installed W10 on my R700 and R930 successfully - but I have two minor issues I can?t solve:
- I cannot enter BIOS - the route via Settings - advanced Start - troubleshooting - Start repair etc. does not work. How do I enter BIOS in W10???
- I try to update my Intel drivers via the Intel driver Update Utility - but when I run this App - the App are not able to identify any Intel drivers on my two Porteges - how can this be possible? In the System info I can see information about the Intel processors - how can that be?
Otherwise W10 is running good....

/Anders

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Can anyone help with this problem.

At our site we have approx 300 of these laptops and they are all bios protected.
Recently had a problem where when inputting the bios password and it says its incorrect even though its the standard password we use on all our laptops. The user also confirms they didn't set a password...

Is it possible for the bios to somehow have become currupted (the machine was experiencing blue screens before) or how can I factory reset the bios password.

Before anyone says yes we own the machince and can prove it!

A:Portege R700 protected by unknown BIOS password

Maybe it sounds stupid but I think you should clarify this with nearest Toshiba service provider.
I use Toshiba notebooks for years now and I know for sure that Toshiba doesn?t sell notebooks with any kind of password or such kind of protection.

If you have such amount of notebooks maybe there was some special dial about configuration or protection. Anyway, BIOS password removal cannot be theme on such public forum. BIOS password protection is very important security feature and if there is some problem it must be clarified with authorized Toshiba service provider.


BIOS password cannot be set or changed from alone and, as far as I know, there is no kind of factory reset. I just know that BIOS can be set to default settings. That?s all.
Contact nearest Toshiba service provider and clarify this issue.

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Hello to the BleepingComputer community,First of all I'm sorry I haven't finished some of the steps from the Preparation Guide. It's because these steps require a reboot (e.g. Step 6: Disable your CD Emulation Software - DeFogger will ask me to reboot the machine), and I have a bad feeling about the question if it is safe to reboot in my situation: I'm not sure if I have a type of malware which is ready to infect the BIOS - if it is so, then it could infect it much easier during the reboot process.- If there is a good way to find out what is the problem (and fix the BIOS threat part if it really is present) without rebooting / shutting down this PC, or at least without booting from this hard drive (which I feel is probably infected), then please tell me what should I do.- If you know a place / forum where I can get a specialized help for this (seemingly BIOS-malware related) situation, please tell me where I could go.- If there is no way to move forward, I'll go ahead and risk the reboot, and follow the other steps (steps 6 to 10) in the Preparation Guide, no problem.I kindly ask you to please read below the details of the problem as it occured to me, and the things I have tried so far.The PC is AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core BE-2350 2.1GHz, Motherboard Biostar TA690G AM2 (with AWARD BIOS), 4GB RAM, 200GB SATA HDD, and an ASUS EAH4870 card added a few years ago.It's with WinXP SP3, AVG Free 2012, (standard) Windows Firewall, and it's behind a router.I ... Read more

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 I am receiving this message when I run sp76205: The system BIOS update file (c:\SWSetup\SP76205\hpqflash\ROM.CAB) is missing or corrupt. The system BIOS will not be updated." SP76205 was just released in June 2016 and I noticed other user are experiencing the same issue with it. Please provide a fix BIOS update or explain how to run this current update...

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Hi,

I encountered some problem with my netbook (Portege M800-10W) after updating BIOS.
The BIOS updating program seems to failed. Then my Netbook automatically restarted and now I can't start my PC anymore.
All the LEDs turns on, but the sreen remain black and after few minutes, the netbook beep 3 times (1 long, 2 short).

How can I restore the BIOS to the previous version (or factory version) ?

Thanks.

Adrien

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A:Portege M800 doesn't startup anymore after updating BIOS

I think that error code means there is a Graphical/Video problem. The Mainboard or VGA Board may need replacing, or there may be a loose connection.

I would send the notebook to an ASP for repair.

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I couldnt save my Bios setup because i can't find the end keys to save the changes.
I tried to hit all the keys in keyboard but none of it save the settings.

Can you show me the keyboard diagram showing the end keys?
I have toshiba portege 2001 series.

A:Portege 2010 - Cannot find the END button in order to save BIOS changes

>Can you show me the keyboard diagram showing the end keys?

I checked the user manual which you can download from the Toshiba user manual page and the END button seems to be located in the upper right corner? it?s above the ?Backspace? button.

Cheers

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in November 2015, I bought a laptop Portege Z30-B-117 PT253E-013008CZ. Today I discovered the information that is needed to activate windows. The laptop has been pre-installed Win 7 Pro and Media attached to Win 8 Pro. In notebook isn?t COA label. When you generate the code and enter it into the activator appears information - error 0xc004f063 computer bios is missing required license. Microsoft, I was told that my product key is required to supply a computer manufacturer. Please help, I could turn the system on and work again. Thank you very much

A:Portege Z30-B-117 0xc004f063 computer bios is missing required license

in November 2015, I bought a laptop Portege Z30-B-117 PT253E-013008CZ. Today I discovered the information that is needed to activate windows. The laptop has been pre-installed Win 7 Pro and Media attached to Win 8 Pro. In notebook isn?t COA label. When you generate the code and enter it into the activator appears information - error 0xc004f063 computer bios is missing required license. Microsoft, I was told that my product key is required to supply a computer manufacturer. Please help, I could turn the system on and work again. Thank you very much

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Hi,

yesterday i set the bios/supervisor password.

When i now turn on the notebook, i can see the Toshiba - Leading innovations screen and then it goes dark and won't boot any further.

The harddisk / fan / graphics card etc is working - but i don't see anything nor do i get some kind of prompt or shell or whatsoever.

I tried all those "Press, ESC, Press F2, Press F1, Press INS" stuff, nothing worked out.
I removed the battery for several mins while pressing the power button, nothing.

Maybe somebody has some kind of clue whats wrong with this maschine....

A:Portege R830-1EE: Supervisor / Bios password - No Boot or login prompt

Hi

Did you use some high ASCII character like ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ? etc in your BIOS / Supervisor password?

In the past the usage of such characters prevented the notebook from booting up.
In such case you had to contact the service partner in order to solve this problem.

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Right my BIOS was on 1.20 when I went to Toshiba website to get the drivers to install and found the BIOS update so I followed the instructions burn it to a floppy disk the last one I have and away I went but after the update I noticed that xp said it was running at 600 MHz not 1,2ghz.

So I used cpuid to see if it was xp but it shows the processor as running 598.6 MHz and can flux to 600.4 MHz max so I went into the BIOS tried CPU max disabled CPU sleep and rebooted so then I thought it was xp so I reinstalled but still the same I used Suse Linux still the same.

I?ve reflashed the BIOS with 1.50 through windows rebooted still the same. I am getting on where and this is getting silly I even went and found all BIOS versions from the Toshiba American site which goes back to version 1.10 to 1.50 so I tried all of them. Nothing!

I am really baffled at this can anybody sort this out it is really annoying and slow.
Thank you in advanced

A:Portege M100 - Processor Stuck on 600Mhz, have tryed every BIOS version

Hi

Just one question; was the motherboard replaced in the past?

As far as I know after the motherboard replacement the test & diagnostic should be performed in order to update the CPU microcode on the PCB.
If the microcode is not updated then your CPU would stuck at 600Mhz.

In order to update the microcode, the ASP must be contacted.

The other reason why the CPU runs only at 600Mhz is the low CPU processing setting in Toshiba power saver.
Check if the Toshiba power saver is installed on your notebook and set the options to a higher level.

Check it out?

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My Samsung series 3 laptop has been sending out popup messages telling me I need a bios update, I go to the Samsung software update site and this bios update has been failing, I have made several calls and chats to techs at Samsung who tell me to do what I have already done, they tell to ask for tier 2 tech, who can go in my computer and fix it , When I finally got a tier 2 tech, they told me the same thing, I told him what I had been told about him and what he could do, He said, is it working , I said yes, but settings on computer change on their own,like wifi turns itself on and that concerns me. Anyway, He said that it didn't need a bios update,even the Samsung website said this computer needed a bios update. I posted this on hardware,firmware concerns, and they told me to post here, I was going to go to a site ,that had a download that checked drivers, I was told to stay away from this.

Thanks,
Jim

A:Samsung Bios software update for bios,update fails

Are you getting a direct link from the notification update? Can you post the link/site next time?

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Just received the unit and before going any further after doing the basic installation, wanted to updated windows updates.

But it simply hangs.

Uninstalled Nortan, just in case but no luck. Can browse web ok without any issue.

Even enabled Automatic Updates hoping that would work but NO!

From the recovery disk reinstalled the OS but its the same.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

A:Portege A200 - Windows Update

Hello

Firstly you should recover the system with the Recovery CD and after this installation you can make any updates. The option in ?Automatic updates? should be enabled and as far as I know all Windows updates runs automatically in the background.
If the system is clean and the firewall is disabled I can?t believe that it?s impossible to make any updates.

Bye

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Does anybody (else) have a PM851 SSD in their Toshiba Z30A? (Windows "Device Manager" will show that).

It has come to my attention that these drives have a serious defect in their firmware that affects performance.
Search Google for "840 EVO firmware performance" to find the fixes for the Samsung's retail version.

Is there any firmware update for the PM851 SSD?

My Toshiba Z30A shipped with such an SSD.

A:Portege Z30A - firmware update available for PM851 SSD?

I?ve upgraded my machine with 840 EVO and I?ve installed ?S.... Magician? software so I was informed about latest firmware update and I?ve installed it.
I?ve checked manufacturer?s page for SSDs support but I didn?t find anything for PM851 SSD so I think firmware update is at the moment not available.

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I recently updatet my Laptop (Z930-12m) to windows 10, everything is working fine so far, except the Touchpad (Synaptics).
I can't scroll any more and also the momentum setting I used before seems not to be working any longer.

So I ask myself are there any updates for the drivers planed for this? Or can I get them anywhere else?

A:Portege Z930-12M - Touchpad is not working properly after Windows 10 update

Update:
The scrolling on the touchpad works now, I just did not adjust the settings properly.
But the momentum still does not work.
Anyhow, I found a view drivers for my laptop
http://win10upgrade.toshiba.com/swup...=DE&country=AT

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Hello

I need help to portage z830-11m. After the update win7 to win10 did not work for me built-in camera, a web producer lack of firmware for win10, and this for Win8 and wines 8upgrade does not help. what to do? when it will be soft for this model?

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Hello

My Portege Z30A received a Windows 10 update and after installation the brightness control via the Fn+F6 and Fn+F7 works in a strange fashion: it changes in 1/100 increments per keypress and doesn't accept key hold - I have to press it repeatedly to change the brightness noticeably.

Is there a way to control how fine this control is? I found the corresponding setting in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Toshiba\FlashCards\Def aultSetting\BrightDown and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Toshiba\FlashCards\Def aultSetting\BrightUp, but I couldn't recognize such a toggle.

Cheers
Oggy

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Quick question - will a keyboard for a Portege S100 work in a Portege M100?

Layout looks similar; albeit a different colour.

A:Will a keyboard for a Portege S100 work in a Portege M100?

Hi

I think you cannot use the same keyboard because the Portege S100 supports the an-easy-to-use 84-key (US) or 85-key (UK) keyboard and the Portege M100 supports the an-easy-to-use 85/86-key keyboard.
Furthermore the connector of the S100 supports the CN3230 keyboard interface 34 pin connector and the M100 supports the PJ3230 keyboard 34pin connector.

So possibly this could be a problem.
I recommend using the original keyboards released for the each notebook model.

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Hello all,

I hope I can get some help / guidance from some one with more experience with the M400 if possible?!

I reinstalled the OS and setup the biometric security for me, which has worked flawlessly! However I stupidly also set up the boot up security (BIOS Password). So when the tablet gets turned on I can scan my finger and get in without any issues, however I now want to turn the boot up security off. So I booted it in to the OS and went to disable it....however it asks for my password....which I have forgot as I have been a typical end user and have been only using my bloody finger!

Does anyone know if I can disable the BIOS security while in the OS using the biomentric security rather than entering a password? I have tried just changing the admin password within the win OS but that doesn't work....any ideas?

Any help with be greatly appreciated!

Cheers

A:Portege M400 - Change BIOS Password within OS without knowing password?

> So I booted it in to the OS and went to disable it....however it asks for my password....which I have forgot as I have been a typical end user and have been only using my bloody finger!

You are speaking about BIOS password which you set up in the BIOS?
As far as I know you cannot remove the BIOS password if you don?t know the old BIOS password.
In such case just the Toshiba ASP could help you? just the Toshiba ASP technician could remove the unknown BIOS password

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Hello

My last BIOS update has failed and now my laptop Satellite PrU400 PSU45E is out of order.
I want to use the Crisis Recovery Disk with an USB floppy drive but I don't know the key combination to run the boot-block.
Is anybody can help me?

Best regards

A:Satellite Pro U400 BIOS update failed - What is BIOS Boot-block access

Hi

I wondering what Crisis Recovery Disk do you have ?:|
In my experience the special disk is needed which is available only for ASP technician.
Therefore it?s necessary to contact the ASP in your country in order to reflash the BIOS.

In my opinion you shouldn?t not try any ?Crisis Recovery disks? which you fond in the net? this can lead to mobo damage?

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Hello everyone! I ama new user and i am coming up with this post as I couldn`t find any kind of solution for my problem.Recently I decided to do a reinstallation of my operating system, which also previously was Windows 7 Ultimate (x64). The installation went as usual, and after finishing it I went on to install all the latest drivers from the Lenovo site, for my product. When getting close to installing almost all the drivers i`ve needed, i stumbled upon a new version of the BIOS amnd the drivers and sfotware recommended for my laptop, by the producer. So i proceeded to install the upgrade, restarted the computer when it prompted me to do so, but after the so-called restart the laptop did not boot up as usual. At first it was telling me to not do anything as the BIOS is being flashed and then it was telling me something about some sort of image processing, things that i did not understand at the time (i have never encountered anything like that). After that my screen turned black. I have not done anything for a few couple of minutes as i thought it was supposed to be like that, but then i just force shut it down and unplugged the AC adapter. When trying to boot it all up again, the only thing i got was a black screen and nothing else.After doing a little bit of research it appears that, somehowm i`ve managed to corrupt the bios on my laptop or something, and nothing else would work at this point. I tried to remove the BIOS battery and the ram and then put them all back, trye... Read more

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Hello all, this is my first time posting here so please forgive any mistakes/oversights. I've just updated my Samsung laptop's system BIOS via their software update program, and my Nvidia GPU (GT 650m DDR3) no longer seems to work. The Nvidia control panel is still there, and it still gives me the option to select which programs use the GPU, but there is no GPU actitivity showing up. Also,I've tried playing Skyrim (which auto-detects the PC's graphics cards) , and the game no longer seems to detect the Nvidia GPU (just the Intel integrated graphics).

My laptop model is NP550PC7, with 6 gig of ram, and an i7 quad core CPU, and the OS is Window 7 Home Premium 64bit.

I've tried looking in the BIOS but I can't seem to find anything related to the GPU or display options. Any help or avice is much appreciated.

A:Problems with Nvidia gpu post BIOS system BIOS update.

Hi,

Have you updated your GPU with the latest drivers?

http://www.geforce.co.uk/drivers

Please navigate to:

Start> Control panel> Swith to icon view> device manager.
Look under "Display Adapters"

Is the Nvidia GPU listed there? If so are there any yellow symbols etc?

Cheers

Dave

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Hi,

I have a old Tecra 9100 with years of good service, and this is my first problem, but is a great one, after a forced reboot the screen shows a BIOS block 1 damaged message. I have tried to repair the BIOS upgrading to the last version I have found, the 1.6 one, but its a Windows version (to upgrade from a running Toshiba computer I think) and when I try to run it in another computer to generate a FDD and upgrade BIOS, I cant, beacuse a Toshiba common modules message.

Its there any BIOS diskette image-archive I can dowload to perform the BIOS upgrade in the BIOS?

Thanks in advance.

A:Tecra 9100 - BIOS block 1 damaged and how to update BIOS?

Hello

All you can find is stuff on Toshiba support page. I don't know where you live but try to contact nearest Toshiba authorized service provider.
They have access to Toshiba database and they can obtain all this for you. Make a call and ask for help. I am pretty sure they will help you to solve this BIOS issue.

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Dear all, Since the beginning I got troubles with charging - ( 94 % plugged in, not charging). The easiest solution was just remove the battery, but not for HP Omen. I removed battery and destroyed the rubber on the bottom. I had to open the laptop, because one morning I got the massegae that my laptop is overheated and fan does not work properly. Both fans works only during the lounch, when windows works only one fan was in operations, second one never starts again. Looking for the solution in the internet I have found that this can be because of BIOS is not updated.  I pushed F2, checked the the system, everything is fine and then I installed only one version which I have found there.No massages regarding overheating any more, both Fans are working full power and very very loud. Temperature of processors is 30C. In my room 25C.  I followed all instructions, but got massege BIOS update is blocked.I downloaded the most previous version, again BIOS update is blocked.Current version of bios is BIOS version F00 04Sep14.  Can it be solved somehow?     

A:Fan works like a helicopter-BIOS update is blocked BIOS vers...

@YuraL? To better help you we would need the exact model number or product number of your laptop/desktop??? http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c00033108 REO

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I've been using Cricket for about a week. Aside from being slow, it is also a CPU hog!! It uses between 40-80% most of the time when it's on. Can't even listen to mp3. Is it a fixable problem or I am doomed?
 

A:Cricket A600 a CPU hog?

What does their tech support have to say?
 

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HP software said there was a bios update and it ran through this one screen said it recommended backing up the bios in case of corruption and it created a partition. Computer will now not boot and as its new I dont have a recovery disk. How is it that an automatic HP update can kill the computer. Anyone know if removing the partition will solve it or if /i have likely lost everything on the C drive. Any help appreciated thanks

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Made the huge mistake of updating BIOS. Had small MOBO usb prob, and for some reason thought a BIOS update would do something. Wasn't too worried because Gigabyte touts Dual BIOS pretty strong.

Anyway, tried updating BIOS, then system would not boot, so the Backup BIOS didn't kick in. btw, the MOBO is a Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro.

So I copied the backup bios to a floppy and used the floppy to fix the main bios. OK, now computer would boot, but would freeze up after the desktop icons appear. Actually would sometimes work for a few minutes, but always froze up.

Boots OK to safe mode, even to the point of getting online, so I downloaded the old bios from Gigabyte, put them on floppy and used that to update the main bios. Same result.

Also did a system restore from XP Pro Safe Mode (because XP wrongly states that this can be undone; didn't find out that System Restore done from safe mode cannot be undone until I tried to undo!).

My tech support (ABS Computer; they rule) thinks that the BIOS is now fine, that some windows files are corrupt and a re-install will fix problem and mobo is probably fine as well. I'll buy that.

anyone have any miracle suggestions before i re-install? Is a repair install worth a shot? Really not looking forward to re-installing all my software and putting all my data back where it belongs to get my email hist., bookmarks, etc. back.

thanks - I will now write the following 500 times: LEAVE THE BIOS ALONE! even with Dual BIOS
 

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