No action when booting up old Toshiba laptop
Posted on 2002-07-25
I have an old Toshiba Satellite Pro 440CDX running Windows 98 OEM which I use as a wireless work station on my home LAN.
This morning when I booted it up, the screen remained black. After about 4 tries I got an error screen "bios is damaged" then on the fifth try it booted up properly. During the course of the day, I tried to re-boot it once and it took about 15 manual resets to get past the black screen. Now, I am afraid to turn it off!
I downloaded a bios upgrade, but the instructions say to put the files on a 720k floppy to install which presents a problem because I do not HAVE a floppy drive on this machine. Is there another way to install the bios? Is this even a good idea? Is my mother board fried? Do I just need to leave this machine on all the time and hope it lasts until I can afford a newer one?