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Error messages take away my desktop button priveleges.

Posted on 2008-06-24
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When I turn on my laptop, it loads normally and then an error message comes up before I can do anything. I'll find out exactly what it says later, but it says something needs to close, sorry for the inconvenience. Then all my desktop buttons and start button disappear and I can't get them back! If I go onto safe mode the same thing happens. I can open the task manager in safe mode and open explorer to get the desktop buttons to come back for maybe 5 seconds before they disappear again. In that 5 seconds I can open up the internet. I tried downloading programs to fix my computer but it just comes up with error messages before it finishes scanning my computer and shuts down.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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I just had this problem with a HP laptop two weeks ago. I tried doing a OS repair on the system but it didn't work. I tried everything but I ended up reformatting the laptop. Do you have the Windows XP CD that came with your laptop?
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by:davee930
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No unfortunately I don't have the CD. It never came with it for some reason.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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What kind of laptop is it?
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by:nobus
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seems like a virus infection
you can run scans on the disk when it is attached to another PC, or try :
a system restore from recovery console :  
http://searchwincomputing.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid68_gci1167895,00.html   
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by:davee930
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It's a toshiba satellite 17" about 2 years old. I did a virus check, I bought the antivirus 2008 and it scanned and fixed things but it didn't fix that problem.
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by:davee930
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Can I completely restore my computer to new without a windows cd?
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by:nobus
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probably you have a system restore partition on the disk - check your manual
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Toshiba laptops don't come with a restore feature. They come with a restore DVD usually.
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by:davee930
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Weird I never got a restore disk.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Can you give me the extact model number off your laptop? I want to make sure you don't have the restore feature on your laptop. I have looked on Toshiba's website and have had experience with there laptops but just want to make 100% sure you don't have that feature.
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by:nobus
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did you check your manual for it ?
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by:davee930
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It's a toshiba satelitte p100
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by:Darius Ghassem
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The model you have doesn't come with a built in recovery on the HD. The laptop comes with a recovery DVD.
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by:davee930
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So I can't do anything without the DVD?
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Darius Ghassem earned 500 total points
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You can buy a new XP CD. You can call Toshiba to see if they will send you a new one. What I have done before is use someone else's XP CD since you have a Certificate of Authority license sticker on the laptop anyways.
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