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Toshiba Satellite A105-S2201

I've had my laptop for about 17 months. It worked fine until I slammed down on the keyboard. Actually, then it worked perfectly for several minutes, then it froze up. I did a hard shutdown and when I restarted it...

The first screen says Toshiba and while that's loading I get a choice at the bottom that says F2 for System Utilities or F12 for Boot Menu. If I don't press anything, the next screen has Intel Corporation info then: For Realtek RTL8139(X)/8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet controller v2.17 (051202) PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable (no cable unless it's inside the laptop.) PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM. Operating System not found If I press F12 for the Boot Menu, I get 5 choices. HDD, FDD, CD/DVD, LAN or USB Memory. No matter which one I choose, I then get that earlier screen or a screen that says TOSHIBA Recovery Wizard. Warning This HDD is not initialized. Initialize HDD and restart. And if I continue anyway, I get Error: F3E1000001 and have no choice but to shut down. After googleing HDD I figure that means Hard Disk Drive? Whatever. That still doesn't say how to initialize it. I also have the CD that came with the computer. When I use that it says to hold down C until the Toshiba logo appears, then I get "Loading RAMDISK Image, please wait". Then I get the Recovery Wizard window. Same as before. At one point I got a message that said I have no Hard Drive but I can't get that screen to come up today. I've taken two panels off of the back and I believe one was for the Hard Drive. That did not want to just wiggle loose so it appears that I didn't jar it loose when hitting the keyboard. The other panel covered the motherboard (?) and other boards. Those look fine but when I first hit the keyboard, that particular panel was a little warped looking. It popped right back into place. I also unscrewed every screw on the back and the laptop did not just want to pop apart. So I didn't force anything. I know, I have an expensive temper. But only on rare occasions. Thanks in advance for any and all help!

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  • toshibaprob Aug 29, 2008

    when I start my toshiba a105 it freezes during the boot stage. It gives me an F2 and F12 option but when pressed it still doesnt go anywhere or it says please wait. Which I waited for a whole day and no change. Please Help



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It sounds like when you slammed on the hard drive you cause the mechanical arm inside the drive to malfunction. you will need to replace the hard drive and then reload winbdows and the drivers for your laptop

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