Toshiba laptop won't boot freezes at microsoft logo on startup Help!!!!!!

By jonnymaloney1 ·
Hi im new to this and would appreciate any help i could get..
I have a toshiba satellite a200 operating windows vista premium. in the last couple of days in won t load past the microsoft symbol at boot up it just freezes the bar keeps moving across the screen but nothing is happening, when this first happened i left it on and after 2 hours it just all of a sudden booted up and everything was fine,but have tried that since and nothing is happening its as if its not reading the drive it works fine in safe mode and boots no problem..any advice would be greatly appreciated thank you.

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OK as it's working in Safe Mode

by OH Smeg In reply to Toshiba laptop won't boot ...

What changes did you make just before this started happening?

The obvious thing is to boot in Safe Mode and undo them if you can remember what it was you did.


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Won't boot

by salim In reply to Toshiba laptop won't boot ...

1. Try installing windows from windows installation cd in CD Drive.If it does let you then just repair the installation.
if it does not then hard drive is bad. Try another hard drive and it should let you install the operating system.

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Do you have automatic updates enabled?

by patrick In reply to Toshiba laptop won't boot ...

And are you running windows vista 64bit version?


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by jonnymaloney1 In reply to Do you have automatic upd ...

Hi thanks for posts guy i do have automatic updates enabled.. i can't even reboot from the disk cause the f 12 key won t work either..

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system info

by jonnymaloney1 In reply to Do you have automatic upd ...

OS Name Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium
Version 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer TOSHIBA
System Model Satellite A200
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T8100 @ 2.10GHz, 2094 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date TOSHIBA V2.20, 10/03/2008
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale United Kingdom
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.0.6002.18005"
User Name jonathan-PC\jonathan
Time Zone GMT Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.00 GB
Available Physical Memory 2.45 GB
Total Virtual Memory 6.21 GB
Available Virtual Memory 5.81 GB
Page File Space 3.29 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

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Boot into safe mode

by patrick In reply to Do you have automatic upd ...

by tapping f8 repeatedly while the laptop is booting up, once your onto the desktop go into the programs and features, and click the installed updates tab on the left hand side of your screen. Look for any updates that occured during the time that your laptop stopped booting. Uninstall these updates, reason for this is some updates are known to break the operating system and booting into safe mode and uninstalling them are fairly common. I would also take note of which updates you uninstall and only do manual microsoft updates for awhile.

Let us know of your progress


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Couple of things to try...

by dpalsen In reply to Toshiba laptop won't boot ...

1) I had this same thing occur on a home-built after trying to boot Linux, and it changed something in the BIOS. I reset the BIOS to its prior state, and everything was back to normal.

2) On the OFF CHANCE that it is actually the HDD, one thing to check: is it well-vented? I have a system at home that overheats if I set it against a desk. I kill the power for about 8 hours, repower it, and it comes up fine.

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by jonnymaloney1 In reply to Couple of things to try.. ...

hey i tried what u said and i turnrd it off and plugged it out for a few hours and turned it on and it started up ok but its as if its only reading the hard drive in snatches it takes ever to move the mouse on to something the hard drive light keeps flashing only every 3 to secs consistantly

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So start with the HDD Makers Testing Utility

by OH Smeg In reply to hey

It's available here but you do need to know who made the HDD before proceeding here

If the HDD fails the Makers Test you need to remove it and fit just the HDD to a different computer and test again. If it still fails the HDD is dead and needs to be replaced. But if ti passes the second test either the Data Lead to the HDD, the M'Board or Power Supply needs replacing. You can check the Data Lead by fitting it to the HDD and the Second Computers M'Board and test again with the HDD Makers Testing Utility. If it fails now replace the HDD.

If it still passes change the Power Supply in the original Computer with a Known Good One and retest the unit. If it still fails the M'Board is shot and needs replacing.


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Sounds like your harddrive is going.....

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Toshiba laptop won't boot ...

Get another hdd and do a test.
Put the OLD hdd into a caddy/powered external USB case.
At least you will be able to access your old data from it.

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