Toshiba Satellite M45 won't boot past logo screen

Posted on 2011-05-05
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop which will not boot past the screen where the Toshiba logo is displayed. I have tried a different HD and other memory, no difference. I have the icons on the logo screen for varied boot source options (CD, HD, Network) but can not get them to highlight or do anything. Putting a bootable CD in the CD drive causes the CD drive to spin up, but no other change. Pressing Fn key lights the Fn light. Machine is clean and ran well, I'd like to fix it. Any ideas?
Question by:GranDegajeur
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    Expert Comment

    Sounds like a hardware failure, better repair it at a Toshiba services center.

    However, the last resort in mind, so far, is to reset the BIOS to all defaults, if you can enter the BIOS screen..
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    Expert Comment

    Hold the "ESC" button down when u power it on....
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    Assisted Solution

    If you are getting the Toshiba logo it means the CPU, memory etc are working fine.
    At boot up do you hear any beeps?

    Can you get into the BIOS of your machine. If yes it would confirm that key board works fine.
    If key board is not responding it could be that key board is an issue.
    You could try to connect an external key board on a USB ports.

    Since you cannot boot from CD and hard disk you can try to boot from USB.
    Make a bootable USB stick and try to boot from it.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for your help, I tried a USB keyboard, no change, I tried holding down <esc> no change, I am not able to get into BIOS, there are no beep codes when it starts up. I'll try a bootable USB stick later tonight. It sat for quite a while, I am wondering if the BIOS is jammed up somehow, dead battery, corrupted settings, etc. Any thoughts appreciated, machine is too nice to just let go for parts.
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    Accepted Solution

    I worked on a netbook recently that had this same problem.
    I had to clear the CMOS of the motherboard by takeing it apart down to the battery and remove the battery and wait 10, then i held the power button in while the battery was out to make sure all the caps was drained and this did fix it problem of hanging at the logo screen .

    Author Comment

    Well, I pulled, or tried to pull, the battery. For anyone who finds this post in the future, you have to completely disassemble the laptop to get to the battery, when you get there, it is soldered onto the board, Yes, soldered on, I didn't believe it either. Found another post in another forum that reported the same result. While I am pretty confident that I could get the battery off, and back on, and get the machine reassembled, I don't think it is worth the effort, especially since the problem still might not be resolved. So, it goes in the parts pile. I'd welcome advice from a mod on awarding points for good advice, but no proven solutions.

    Author Comment

    I was trying to split the points between Grant 1842 (250) and asidu (100) but apparently committed a procedural error. Their comments were helpful, and got me to the point where I chose to no longer pursue a solution. Please either cause the above to happen, or cancel this closure and I'll sort it out myself, sorry for the goof!

    Author Closing Comment

    Not their fault I chose not to pursue it further.

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