Toshiba Laptop - Unable to Boot from CD or USB

By h16h ·

I am working with a Toshiba Satellite TL305-S5968, currently installed with infected Windows Vista.

I am trying to wipe it and do a fresh install however the laptop either sits at at boot up with blinking _ or doesn't boot from the specified media (usb hd or cd) and goes straight to Vista install currently on there.

Yes, the boot order is correct in BIOS, I have also manually tried with F12.

I have even deleted the other partitions that laptop comes with which contains recovery stuff.

I have tried bootable CD's and properly configured bootable USB hard drive containing Win 7, Vista, and XP.

What did I miss?

Why doesn't this laptop boot from anything other than the existing partition?


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by dave In reply to Toshiba Laptop - Unable t ...

Honestly have not heard of this kind of problem. Unless the cd drive is crap and so are the USB ports. I know some Toshiba's like the one my wife had once the cdrom drive went dead after a few months. Is it a newer bios that recognizes usb devices at boot? I wonder if pulling the harddrive out and then booting would force it to one of the two alternates.

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Booting Windows from USB...

by r_widell In reply to Toshiba Laptop - Unable t ...

...won't work.
I know of no version of Windows that will boot directly via USB as the USB driver is one of the last services loaded for use by the kernel. The USB bootloader has to create a ramdisk, transfer the OS to the ramdisk and then boot from there. There are some Linux LiveCDs that can be loaded to USB for booting from USB.

Too bad that you deleted the recovery partitions. There was probably a special keystroke sequence you could have invoked to tell the BIOS to boot from there to recreate the original as-shipped partition.

If you have confirmed that the optical media will boot on other machines, you may have a bad optical drive or may need to refresh the BIOS on the Toshiba.


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Quick Fix for you

by pcs365_1 In reply to Toshiba Laptop - Unable t ...

Hi h16h,

Please start at the top and do all of these even though you have done some before as it is often the
total process which solves the issue:

Try this - Control Panel - Device Manager - CD/DVD - double click the device - Driver's Tab - click
Update Drivers (this will likely do nothing) - then RIGHT CLICK the drive - UNINSTALL - REBOOT
this will refresh the default driver stack.

Then work your way through these - remember the drive could be bad, could have a loose cable or
slight corrosion on the contacts (usually for a laptop) and other issues.

Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs - a Mr Fixit

The CD drive or the DVD drive does not work as expected on a computer that you upgraded to Windows Vista

When you insert a CD or a DVD, Windows Vista may not recognize the disc

Your CD or DVD drive cannot read or write media - A Mr Fixit

CD/DVD drive does not appear in Windows Vista, or you receive this error during Windows Vista setup after booting from the DVD (AHCI)

CD-R drive or CD-RW drive is not recognized as a recordable device

Hardware devices not detected or not working - A Mr Fixit

Another possibility is that the cables are loose. Remove ALL power, then check cables in both ends. Remove and replace, do not just snug. For laptops you can often clean the power and data contacts with a pencil eraser.

Do post the results (if working or not)


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Toshiba can be proprietary

by mike In reply to Quick Fix for you

some of the satellite laptops require their own special reload cd/dvd using a dog house or external optical media device to re-do the system. Every sattellite I have owned came with a restore cd and it was basically the only way to redo the tablet. Contact toshiba and from the model they can send you a restore cd. It has all the drivers neccessary to reload the system

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