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HDD Caddy for Satellite A300D-156

Question: HDD Caddy for Satellite A300D-156

Help me please! I got _Satellite A300D-156_ HDD 320 Gb
There is a place for _one more HDD_ so i bought it, but Ihave not _a caddy to fix it inside the notebook_.
Where can I get it, or maybe it's possible to ask Toshiba to sell it to me or just to send it to me?

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Preferred Solution: HDD Caddy for Satellite A300D-156

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Answer: HDD Caddy for Satellite A300D-156

> Where can I get it, or maybe it's possible to ask Toshiba to sell it to me or just to send it to me?
You can order all parts from Toshiba ASP (authorized service partner) in your country.

Here you can find all ASPs worldwide: -> Support & Download -> Find an Authorized Service Provider

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Does anyone know where I can buy a caddy / tray in the UK so I can fit a second hard drive into the empty bay in my laptop?

Thanks in advance.


Answer:Satellite A300D-15B - Where can I buy HDD caddy/tray?


Such HDD caddy that you mean you can get from an authorized service provider. They sell all original Toshiba spare parts and there you can buy one.

By the way, here you can search for nearest authorized service provider: > Support & Downloads > Find an authorized service provider


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Hi there guys/gals,

I noticed that my Satellite Pro A300D has an extra HDD slot on the right hand side but no hard drive case and no screws and the cover has pointy things on this

How can I get hold of these so I can add an extra HDD .

Many thanks.

Answer:Satellite Pro A300D - How can I add a second HDD?

If there is no HDD connector, you cannot attach a HDD

I believe that space is for the models that came with two HDD's.

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I found in the laptop compartment for a second hard drive, but did not understand whether it pop in a second hard drive.
Maybe someone is trying to turn. Thanks in advance.

PS: Sorry for English - interpreter)

Answer:Is second HDD in Satellite A300D possible?


There are different A300D on the market with different motherboards and different hardware specifications. But the cover and the bottom is always the same.
Therefore you can find an second HDD bay but not all A300D models would support the second HDD.

You can try to remove the cover which secures the second HDD bay to check the HDD connectors. If there are no connectors, then the second HDD is not possible!

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Hey !

Recently I've bought A300D-17F laptop and the sound seems to me very lower. The audio card is Conexant High Definition SmartAudio 221.

I've also a bit older notebook from other manufacturer and the sound there is like 2 times louder.

All sound mixers are on 100%.
I've the latest drivers and it's still pretty low.

I've tryed it on diferent sound systems and the result is the same, it doesn't get the maximum of the speakers
any suggestions ?

Answer:Satellite A300d-17F - low sound


Hmm?. I think it?s not easy to say if the sound is really low or you just thinking that it?s too low. You know what I mean?
I goggled a little bit and found out that the unit A300D-17F has been equipped with the Harman Kardon speakers.
So these are really good quality speakers?

In my opinion you should check if the sound volume can be increased using different music and video players?

Cheers mate

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Hi All,

I recently purchased a A300D. Then I got down to exploring it, naturally unscrewing all the panels on the underneath of the laptop.
I managed to find where the memory/Wi-Fi is fitted, and also another panel under which contains the hard drive.

However the strange thing is that there is another compartment with nothing in it, except for a strange connector.
The connecter doesn?t seem to be for a hard drive (although there would be sufficient room) as it is not IDE or SATA.

I checked the user manual, and the under panel diagram does not seem to indicate what it is. In fact every other panel is indicated with an explanation, except this one.

Any ideas?



Answer:Satellite Pro A300D - A strange bay for something

As far as I know on the bottom side there are three covers. One for RAM/WLAN, one for HDD and the last one is empty. Some Satellite A notebooks are delivered with two HDDs and on notebooks with one HDD this place is empty.

Unfortunately A300D is not known to me but it is easy to recognize if the available connector is the same as for other HDD. Have you checked it?

To be honest I am afraid there is no connector at all and this notebook is not upgradable with second HDD.

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Does anyone have a problem with the Satellite A300D overheating, if so how did you overcome this?

Answer:Satellite A300D and overheating


A friend of me has a Satellite A300D. A very good notebook and he is very satisfied with it. He never told me about problems and it runs perfect.

Why should the A300D overheating? Do you have this issue?
If yes, how does it appear?
Maybe you should clean the notebook with compressed air spray to blow out the dust from the cooling ventilators.


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toshiba Satellite A300D won't turn on

Battery light is red when plugged in along with the white plug light

When I press the power button it lights up two other lights as well, the on one and one that looks like an a4 sheet of makes one vibration when it turns on also.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Answer:Satellite A300D won't turn on

Disconnect the AC adaptor and remove battery.
Leave the notebook unplugged and then press and hold power button 30sec long.
Then connect both parts again and check how the unit acts.

In case nothing would be visible on the screen, try to replace the RAM modules. Maybe one of the modules is the troublemaker?
Otherwise if RAM modules are OK, the issue might be related to the motherboard.

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Ok, so I have this A300D for 4 years. Recently I have this problem when it stops after a few minutes.
Not enough to run diagnostics or anything. If it is started under Windows safe start it frezees with a scrambled image. If I prevent it to run windows it simlpy stops.

One year ago I tried to switch my Vista to 7 and had a similar effect. It stopped after a time. This was surely from overhaeting, so I switched back to Vista and everything was ok !

Somebody told me it is a GPU problem, because it is overheating. Do you know if this is true? Can I change it or it is integrated with the motherboard?

Thanks !

Answer:Satellite A300D and possible overheating

As you wrote notebook is 4 years old and it is possible that notebook is full of dust that blocks cooling vent and cooling grill so first step should be clean-up. In my opinion it should be done on professional way what means the notebook should be disassembled.
Try to contact nearest Toshiba service provider and ask for help. Ask how much you must pay for it.

After clean-up notebook?s hardware can be cooled down properly and everything should be ok again.

In my opinion this should be the first step you should do.

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in the hardware list of this notebook bluethooth is not mentioned. That is why*I think it does not have this feature. So why is there a bluethooth software included in the package and also installed?

Is it necessary for something else or can I delete it?

Answer:Satellite A300D-13A and bluetooth

This notebook model doesn?t have BT. You can check it if you press FN+F8. Every notebook with BT has there option for BT enabling.

Just for info: as far as I know just when the BT is enabled with FN+F8 the BT hardware will be listed in device manager.
So, if the BT module is not there you can remove BT software from the system.

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Hi everyone.

Alright so i need you help. About 9 or 10 months ago my laptop Toshiba has stopped working completly. I have no idea why or how. Okay here is the deal. I put my laptop on charge and it's charging and everything. I checked RAM they are working aswell is HDD.
Okay so when i press power button all the lights on laptop come on. But my fans or nothing else doesnt and the laptop wont boot. It is charging and i tried it fully charged aswell as without battery and i tried to charge it from wall. No picture nothing. No sounds can be heard anything.

I dont know what's the problem so if anyone can help that would be awesome.

Thanks. :)

Answer:Satellite A300D-14P wont start

On this virtual way we cannot say what the problem is either.

Disconnect AC power supply and remove battery. Press power button for 20 seconds and leave your machine for a while. Connect AC power supply only and try to start notebook again.

What happen when you do this?

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I bought a Satellite A300D PSAH8A-01K00H from a site affiliated with ebay.
The laptop has been having some virtual memory problems but has not been slow etc.
What is the maximum ram my laptop can hold ? not sure what other information is needed but will stick around and reply back to this thread, thanks.

Answer:Satellite A300D - RAM upgrade

I could not find specification for your notebook model but I?ve compared it with European A300D models and all of them can be upgraded up to 4 GB RAM so I believe you can use it too.

As compatible 2 GB RAMs check
2GB DDR2-667 - PA3513U-1M2G

2GB DDR2-800 - PA3669U-1M2G

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The battery of my Satellite A300D-11Q has already about 2.5 times lower capacity that when it was new. The battery is Sanyo. Can someone from Toshiba advise me what battery should I look for to replace this one? Should I use the same or can change with another brand or model? Perhaps there is a list of suitable battery packs?
Thank you.

Answer:Need new battery for Satellite A300D-11Q


Compatible batteries for this Satellite model are:


Use these numbers for order.


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Help find driver windows xp for my
Satellite A300D-157

Answer:Need WXP drivers for Satellite A300D-157


I think you will find them [here|]
Just select *Windows XP* in the operating system field.


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If the link doesn't work, use this one and in the 'links' panel on the right choose "drivers". Be sure the model you are choosing is yours.

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Here is a screen shot taken after playing c.s v.1.6 (in full detailed graphics setting) in a small map game, after 30 minutes
Iit gets this much hot! processor cores and gpu temperature exceeds 90

Do you think that is normal? Should I worry? As I heard from experts that the average should be around 70. More than that might harm the cpu.
Should I take the laptop to nearest service center?

ps: I have upgraded my RAM and hard disk myself. I do not think that will void the warranty. Does it?

Answer:Satellite A300d-125 overheats

Probably your Pc is too dirty inside. Happened same to me.

Take a Hair-dry thing and put it on the laptop's fan part where the hot air comes out from and it will clean it, im pretty sure it won't get that temperature again, i did it my self yesterday.

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Satellite A300D-15C - What CPU can i uppgrade to?

I have a AMD Athlon? X2 Dual-Core-processor QL-60 : 1.9 GHz
can i uppgrade to a higher cpu freq 2,1
or can i use a
AMD Turion? X2 Dual-Core mobil processor RM-72
2.1 GHz
or this
AMD Turion? X2 Ultra Dual-Core mobil processor ZM-82
klockhastighet : 2.2 GHz

Answer:CPU upgrade on Satellite A300D-15C


Before we start discussion about CPU upgrade check please follow documents at first

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How do you set up to output to a LCD TV from the S-Video TV Out socket? i've tried everything i can think of but can't get it to work.

Answer:Satellite Pro A300D-131 - How do I use the S-Video TV Out


That?s easy.
You have to use a 4 pin s-video cable in order to connect the TV to the notebook.
Connect both devices, then power up the notebook, then TV, use the key combination FN+F5 to switch to the external device (TV).

PS: You have to choose the right channel on TV (s-video has to be enabled)

That?s all?

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My toshiba A300D - 14R is always way overheated.
The Temperature is 90 degrees celsius, without load.
On load it is 101-105 degrees celsius. On even heavier load(like video editing) it just shuts off.

What should I do to stop this?


Answer:Satellite A300D-14R overheats always


Try to clean the cooling module with compressed air.


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My portable computer itself is switched off, and if it to try to switch on at once it will turn out nothing, however in one minute it is easily started. It can occur 3-4 times day, and can and not occur week. More often it happens at viewing films and scannings of a computer by an antivirus.
The musical center is connected to a computer.

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Answer:Satellite A300D. Itself it is switched off

There can be a problem because of a power unit?

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4 GB RAM ! than, why my computer is slow?
I have Satellite A300D 17F.

Please help me (I have already remove the programmes which are unnecessary from the toshiba) why why why is my notebook so slow?

Answer:Low performance on Satellite A300D-17F

You must understand that nobody of us can see what is the exact notebook configuration but this slow performance can have many different reasons.
Who knows what kind of applications you have installed on this notebook?
Who knows which processes are running in the background?
If you install all Microsoft updates it can slow down your computer rapidly.

Check please this interesting thread about performance on Satellite A300D

Good luck!

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I need to buy a new LCD screen. I am looking on the internet and it is the same 15.4" but the resolution is at 1280x800 but on the Toshiba website the resolution of this laptop is 1,440 x 900.

So will it work?

Answer:Satellite A300D-15B - New LCD screen

Hi buddy,

I?m not sure about this but in your case I would buy a LCD screen with the same screen resolution.

Furthermore don?t forget that not all LCD screens will fit so you should ask an authorized service provider in your country. The guys can order original Toshiba spare parts and exchange it because that?s not easy.

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Where can I by a cooler for Satellite A300D-16Q?

Answer:Where can I buy a cooler for Satellite A300D-16Q?


Do you mean the cooling module?
Well, all parts can be purchased from an authorized Toshiba service partner in your country.

Would recommend getting in contact with the ASP who could be able to provide such compatible part.

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Hello there!

I just bought a Toshiba Satellite A 300 D-17M. I forgot to create the recovery DVD before I changed with Paragon Partition Manager the 2 Partitions. My Problem is that the tracks of the files on the hard disk change swap and now the explorer does not start on his own and I can not open anything.

How can I recovery my system now? Need help please!

Answer:I need a boot cd for Satellite A300D-17M

If the partitions are changed you have big problem.

When notebook has ?factory settings? you can install OS from HDD using F8 at start up and Repair my computer > Toshiba recovery option but I am afraid this will not work properly now.

Maybe you should order Toshiba recovery media for your notebook model.
You can do this on

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I have Satellite A300D-205, with a Windows 7 32-bit on it. I upgraded to Windows 7 from Windows Vista 32-bit by an upgrade DVD from Toshiba

I need Windows 7 as 64-bit. I have been searching on the net about this, and the only thing I understood, that I should have 64-bit version of Vista. But I bought my laptop with 32-bit Windows Vista and have only Windows Vista RECOVERY DVDs, and the Windows 7 Upgrade DVD.

How can I change 32-bit to 64 bit

Thanks for attention

Answer:Satellite A300D-205 How to change 32-bit to 64 bit


To be honest, i don't know how you can do it... I don't think, it's possible to get it from Toshiba. I can only recommend you to get Win 7 64 bit to install. For all win7 drivers have a look:

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Satellite Pro A300D is getting very hot and sometimes it turns itself off. it has been doing this recently.

What could be the problem???

Answer:Satellite Pro A300D is getting hot and turns off


It sounds like that your notebook is overheating? What do you think?

In your case I would try to clean your notebook because it?s necessary to clean the cooling system from time to time to ensure the proper function of the notebook.

Therefore you can use compressed air spray and blow gently and shortly the air through the holes of the case of the notebook. This can remove the dust from the cooling ventilators.
It?s important to avoid blowing the air longer then 2-3 seconds because the fan in the system will rotate fast. This procedure should be replaced about 4-.10 times.

I had always success with this procedure and I do it every 3 months.


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Recently i had a sound promblem with my Satellite A300D-126 Part Number : PSAK4E-00X00JG3. It says that my devices are ok but i cant hear anything from them.
Any ideas of solving the problem??

Answer:No sound on Satellite A300D-126

What do you mean exactly?
You cannot hear sound coming out from build in speakers?

Have you noticed the same issue when you use hradphones/headset?
Have you checked sound options? Maybe is MUTE option enabled? Check it using FN+ESC key combination.

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please could anyone help me with drivers for Satellite A300D-20E (PSAHCE-01000JCZ)?

I installed XP on this notebook as a second system (dualboot - due some older application non compatible vith vista) and look for drivers for XP system, especially for display. But on the driver download page there are vista or independent drivers only.

Thank for any help.

Answer:Satellite A300D - Need drivers for XP


I have checked the Toshiba website for Satellite A300D PSAHCE and it seems that there are only Vista drivers available for this A300D model.

But if you search for all Satellite A300D models you can find XP drivers and I think the most of them should also work on your notebook. There shouldn?t be a significant difference between the A300D models. It?s worth a try! ;)


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HI Newbie here,

Turned on machine this morning and it just says Disk Error - Press Cnt Alt Del, Been to speak to guys at PC World and they say to restart and press F8 which I have loads of times but I can not access the disk recovery partition.

I have a A300 Satelite Pro with Home Prem Vista

Any help appreciated.



Answer:Satellite Pro A300D - How can I recover the HDD?

Hello Paul

Well that are not good news but it should not be a problem to fix this issue.

Can you go in the advanced boot menu with F8? If yes select repair my computer and follow the screen instructions. That?s all. So you can use the HDD recovery function.

If you can?t go in the advanced boot menu you should use the Toshiba recovery disk. Did you burn it? You must only boot from it and Windows will be reinstalled.
If you don?t have the recovery disk you can order one from Toshiba directly:


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I own Toshiba satellite a300d-157 and i guess my hdd got broken. I used hdsentinel and he showed too much bad sectors. I need help about picking new hdd. Does anyone can tell me is this hard drive compatible with my notebook.

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Hello, I want to upgrade my RAM from 2GB to 4GB.

The laptop box says the next: 2GB DDR2 800Mhz but when I check CPU-Z it says 400Mhz

Also the toshiba website says 800Mhz, so wich 1 I need to buy?
1x 2GB DDR2-400Mhz
2x 2GB DDR2-800Mhz

Also I am wondering when I upgrade to 4GB, how much memory will be dedicated to my videocard?


Answer:Re: Satellite Pro A300D-161 - I want to upgrade the RAM to 4GB

if CPU-Z says its 400, then the RAM is 400, but the website could mean thats as high as it can go

remember, programs like CPU and GPU-Z never lie or make mistakes 8) (unless they are old versions, then they do)

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I recently bought a "Satellite A300D-15B" it came with Vista Home Premium 32-bit.

I want to install XP 64-bit. The driver page have drivers for XP, but it doesn't state that weather those drivers are for 32-bit XP or 64-Bit XP.

Can come one confirm which edition is for that drivers are ?

Thanking you,


Answer:Need drivers for Win XP 64-bit - Satellite A300D-15B


Windows XP 64bit drivers are not available and I think it will be not available on the Toshiba driver page. Why?
There are some reasons for that.

First of all the Vista is the follower of Win XP and only Vista 64bit drivers are designed for the newer notebooks and computer hardware.

Secondly the Win XP 64bit is really unique operating system. It was not so popular like Win XP 32bit and most applications and software are not compatible with the XP 64bit OS.

I don?t know many people who would use the XP 64 bit? and possibly this is the main reason why the XP 64bit drivers are rare.

I think if you want to use this OS on this notebook then you will have to collect the XP 64bit drivers at your own hand.

Good luck

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Wonder what charger i shall have to my Satellite A300D-15C
my charger have bean stolen
what is the original number for this

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Answer:Need new charger for my Satellite A300D-15C

There are several reference but the most important is the following characteristics:

Input : AC100-240V
Output : DC19V 4.74A
Power : 90W
Connecter size : 5.5*2.5mm

Toshiba original ref:

PA3468E / PA3468U / PA3165E / PA3165U / PA3165U-1ACA / PA3097U-1ACA / PA3032U-1ACA / PA3432E-1AC3 /
PA3432E-1ACA / PA3432U-1AC3 / PA3432U-1ACA / PA3468E-1ACA / PA3468U-1ACA / PA3380U-1ACA /
PA3380E-1ACA / PA3467U-1ACA / PA3396U-1ACA / PA3396U-1ACA / PA3467U-1ACA /

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Hello, all.

This question has already been asked not long ago but I would like to know some more details. Do I need to use the Intel Matrix Storage HDD driver to be able to install WXP over Vista? Judging by the CPU manufacturer - AMD - I don't. Then how can the SATA "visibility" problem be solved? Or won't there be any problem at all?

JohnyS, if you already answered a question of the same origin, can you please answer mine? Or maybe anyone else could answer it?

What other problems may I face in replacing Vista with good old WXP on my A300D?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:WXP installation on Satellite A300D 11S

If there is a "SATA Compatibility/IDE" option in the BIOS, use that. Otherwise you need an F6 SATA driver.

You have an AMD model, so I dont think you can use the Intel Matrix driver :p

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, I am owner of Toshiba Satellite A300D-126. I have a question about my GPU.
Is overheated when I am playing games or watch a movie. Sometimes screen start to move up and down, other times I have a green lines over it or just shutting down.

Can I do anything about this?

Can I change the video card? I see a ATI Radeon but I dont know if is for my model for sure for about 100 bucks. Is it going to work well or I just need a new system?

Can I upgrade with 512MB?

Answer:Satellite A300D-126 - GPU Overhead

GPU exchange or upgrade is not supported. Generally speaking hardware upgrade on mobile machines is very limited and supported upgrade is for RAM and HDD only.
Overheating can also be result of dust placed in cooling grill.

Satellite A300D is pretty old machine and as first step I recommend you to clean it up.
After doing this your notebook can ?take a breath? again and I hope it will not reach critical temperature again.

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Does anyone know the part number for this motherboard (Satellite Pro A300D), or where I can get one? It's for an AMD processor. Any help will be much appreciated.

Answer:Motherboard for Satellite Pro A300D

This info you can get from Toshiba authorized service provider. They have access to Toshiba database and they can pick up info about each notebook part.
Maybe you can also order one there.

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Don?t you think about Satellite A300d-17f series are not fast although have high memory, high processor???
Mine is not fast than another machines which have low properties!
I don?t understand what kind of problem ? have!!! Thanks masters

Answer:Satellite A300d-17f not fast enough?

What do you mean by ?not fast????
Does the notebook boot slowly or what?

I think you should not compare the speed of different notebooks if the same software, the same operating system and same applications were not installed.

If the notebook boots slowly then go to the msconfig -> Startup tab and disable some not necessary processes.
The background processes could slow down the notebooks booting process considerably.

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I have recently bought a old Satellite Pro A10 but it does not have a Hard drive or caddy, does anyone know if any of the other Toshiba Notebook Caddy's are compatible with this model ? I've been look around fleabay but not a lot of Pro A10 caddy's out there.

Any help is much appreciated

Kind Regards

Answer:Need HDD caddy for old Satellite Pro A10

It is not easy to give you precise answer to this question.
Have you checked eBay to see if something can be found there?

Check it for all A10 models. It can be satellite or Satellite Pro.

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When I try to install the audio driver i get the error message : Driver Installation Failed: Could not find the MEDIA device for this driver.
Last time I used a hotfix update (KB.....) and it worked but I can;t find it anymore...

Answer:Satellite A300D - audio problem under Win XP


I know this issue ?. I had it with my notebook after Windows XP installation.
The point is that Win XP SP2 does not contain necessary MS patches?

You could solve this installing the SP3 because the SP3 contains the patches.

But the SP3 must be installed before sound driver installation.
If you have installed sound driver firstly then remove it from the device manager and then install SP3.
After that follow with sound driver?

Good luck

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I reinstalled the driver but it's still not working. What could the problem be? Help plz. Thanks

Answer:Satellite A300D-126 the keyboard is not working at all


What?s wrong exactly?
You have reinstalled the drivers???
What drivers do you mean?

The keyboard driver is a part of the Windows OS and it cannot be reinstalled separately.

If your keyboard doesn?t work properly then either the software doesn?t run as it should or the hardware (keyboard) is faulty.

You could try to reinstall the OS using the Toshiba HDD recovery to check if the issue is related to the software.
If the keyboard will not work after this procedure, then an hardware issue could be possible.

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Please help! I am trying to install Windows 7 x64 Professional on my Toshiba Satellite A300D (PSAK8E), but no matter if I use AHCI or Compatibility mode in the BIOS, it requires some driver to work. (probably that means W7 can't find the appropriate drivers for my HDD). Where can I get the AHCI driver for Windows 7 x64?

Answer:Satellite A300D + Windows 7 = Need a driver

Start here [;]

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The NB was bought few months ago and last few days start to switch-off from time to time. Not to sleep or hyphenate but just off. Every time it's in idle state. I was suggested that this I due to overheating. First of all I remove dust from grig of CPU fan. Then I start to observe that enough space will be belong and around CPU cooling unit.
The off cases gone. But in comparison with my second NB which is one non-Toshiba machine with Intel Centrino 2 2.4 GHz, the Satellite is much more hot.

Than I've installed all new drivers including BIOS.

I've installed CoreTemp utility which shows now in 25-35% CPU load 60-70C temperature and up to 80C at 50% load. And infrequently even 87C.

The running application is ?Photoshop? and in parallel some movie in Mozilla Firefox browser.... Couple months ago I was rendering a DVD on this NB within two hours without any overheat switching off. But not load is miserable.

What's up? I start to regret I've chosen Toshiba and at least AMD CPU.

Answer:Satellite A300D-158 (AMD ZM-80) - 70-80C core temperature


I use Satellite P200D with AMD CPU and also one A300 but with Intel Core 2 Processor T8100. I have just positive experience with AMD CPU on Satellite P200.

Is your notebook placed properly on the desk?
In my opinion temperature is not critical but shut offs are really bad sign.
Can you please try to do follow: place back side of your notebook on two CD boxes to make back side a little bit higher? I hope notebook will be able to take a breath. Please post the results.
Running these two applications should not be problematic for this notebook model.

If you really think that this issue can be critical for your notebook contact nearest service provider and ask for advice. The notebook has valid warranty and if something is wrong there they will halp you.

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I'm new here and got a problem.
my daughter bought a A300D-18 PSAHCE 00C00PGR in April 09.
She told me now, she tried to create a recovery disc at once, but it failed.

Now I'm looking for a recovery disc for her vista home premium SP2.
Does anybody know, where I can get a recovery disc for her?

Answer:Satellite A300D - Where can I get a recovery disk?


I can only say check your user manual ;)

If you don?t have a recovery disk you can order a new one from Toshiba directly:

If the preinstalled OS is still installed you can try again to create the recovery disk. I can recommend DVD-R mediums, this worked for me.

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hi !
That's what happening....
i ordered few days ago a media recovery disc, i put that into a laptop and... start recovery step by step and after while that's shows up:

Image tool for Windows

Progress: 100%

Successfully applied image

Unpack Vista OS

ImageX Tool For Windows

Progres: 2% 12:37 mins remaining
[Warning] C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\vdk150.dll. [Uncompress File: <seq. 90> -> file corrupted in block at offset 01C8A49F]

[Retry] Restoring C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\vdk150.dll again... <GLE = 0>

[Warning] C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\vdk150.dll. [Uncompress File: <seq. 90> -> file corrupted in block at offset 01C8A49F]

[Retry] Restoring C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\vdk150.dll again... <GLE = 0>

[Warning] C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\vdk150.dll. [Uncompress File: <seq. 90> -> file corrupted in block at offset 01C8A49F]

[Retry] Restoring C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\vdk150.dll again... <GLE = 0>

[Warning] C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\vdk150.dll. [Uncompress File: <seq. 90> -> file corrupted in block at offset 01C8A49F]

[Retry] Restoring C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\vdk150.dll again... <GLE = 0>

[Error:1392] C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 8.0\Reader\vdk150.dll

Error restoring image

The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

Err... Read more

Answer:Satellite A300D - can't use recovery media


If you cannot use it contact Arvato where you have order it, explain the situation and ask if you can get new one. I cannot say for sure what the problem is but I can imagine that recovery disc is ?troublemaker?.

What else can be? HDD? I don?t think so.

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My laptop's screen randomly starts flickering. I've sent it back to be fixed a couple of time, it works fine fo ra day or two and then starts flickering again.
It's really frustrating as no matter what position I put the screen in it flickers...HELP plz!!!

Answer:Satellite A300D-16C - screen keeps flickering.

Hello jadakiss

Sorry to hear you have this flickering problem and I believe you when you say it is frustrating.
How to help? Good question.

As you know you cannot do much with your laptop. You cannot disassemble it and try to fix something and we, as end users, have no possibility to do much. What we can do is to test hardware functionality with clean preinstalled operating system. That?s all.

So, I?m afraid you must try to contact service again and talk with them. Ask what they have done to fix this. Ask if something exchanged or not.

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I would like to ask you if Windows 7 is supported for this version of toshiba laptop and if there is all the drivers once i install this operation system.

Also if anyone can provide link to the drivers and/or article about Windows 7 working on this type of machine would be much appreciated.

Answer:Is Win7 supported on Satellite A300D


I believe you can run Win7 on that model. There are Win7 drivers on the Toshiba website in the support section.

What is the model number of your notebook?

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Hi everybody.

I have a very strange problem with my new notebook. I have new Satellite A300D-14U notebook. I have installed XP and all drivers but recently I have noticed such problem. When media player or Winamp (or etc.) plays and I get a message in Skype, MSN or there is any other action with sound, then the major sound changes.

I mean the quality of sound changes rapidly. Like mono to stereo, like equalizer is turned on at that moment. After that it stays for about 2-3 mins and gets back to previous state. The problem is that that change is awesome and I would like it would be always like that. For some moment I started to wonder do I really usually hear stereo from those "harman/kardons"?

I have tried to reinstall drivers, all updates are installed, SP3. Any idea what can it be?

P.S. I always get clear sound, but I'd like to get best of it.

Answer:Satellite A300D-14U and WXP - sound quality changes

Hmm? very strange? try to connect the headphones and check if the same sound issue would appear using the headphones.

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I am curently using a Toshiba Satellite A300D 11S with a AMD Athlon TK 57 1900 Mhz CPU.
Please tell me what processors are compatible with this laptop's motherboard, and what would be the best upgrade option? (performance and heat management wise).

Thank you.

Answer:Satellite A300D-11S What CPUs are compatible?


The CPU supports depends on the chipset and in most cases from BIOS support.
As far as I know the notebook A300D-11S supports the AMD M690G chipset (code name RS690M + SB600)? so you can use only AMD CPUs.
As far as I know the Mobile Athlon XP-M, Mobile Athlon 64, Turion 64 and Mobile Sempron CPUs would be compatible with this chipset? but there is always a open question regarding the BIOS support.

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Hi everybody!

My machine is Satellite A300D 17-F with Vista!
For a long time it had a problem which is about HDD because of the bad sectors. I guess I solved it with a program named maxtor blast4. I have set up it to xp sp3 and it became more fast.
But fan! Fan is working so fast :) I try power saver driver but it was not set up.

What can I do??

Answer:Fan is working so fast on Satellite A300D

If you want to slow down fun speed change ?cooling method? option to min level.
This option you can find in Toshiba power saver tool.

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I just intalled XP and everything is working fine, just have problem with sound.
I instaled sound driver, and sound is high pitched with no bass, I didnt have that problem when I had VIsta or Win 7 installed, so It must have something to do with drivers.

My windows is up to date, have SP3 and everything else works perfectly.

What I should do?



Answer:Satellite A300D-14p - No sound after Win XP installation


I had the same problem.
But I could solve this installing the necessary Win XP patches.
Usually you would need 2 patches:
AUDIO Patch 1: KB835221
AUDIO Patch 2: KB888111

But these patches are also a part of the SP3.
Therefore if you have already installed SP3 then you don?t need further patches.
Bu the point is that SP3 should be installed before sound driver installation!

If you have already installed sound driver then remove it from the system.
Then go to device manager and remove the sound card from the device list and all the high definition devices.
Then reboot the unit and then install the sound driver again.

This helps because this helped me too.

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i have a huge problem.
The laptop fel on floor, while it was working, then i picked it up and it seemed fine.
But, when I tried to enter a folder on a desktop it said that it can't because the the disk or some kind of connection isn't found, or something like that (the folder is on disk D, which didn't show in my computer, which I guessmeans that is broken or something).

I restarted it, and it was the same thing.
Then I turned t off, left it for 10 sec, turn it on again, it came to the Microsoft loading screen and it wont budge from there!!
It loads forever. I turn it off, then I get two options- start windows normally and to start it with fixing problem, I choose the other and the same thing happens!!

It only loads... What is going on?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite A300D-17G start-up problem


You said the folder is placed on D. Is this a second partition on one HDD or maybe it?s a second HDD?

As far as I know the notebook supports 2 HDDs.
In your case I would check if both HDDs are recognized in BIOS.
You could also check if both HDDs are connected properly. The HDD bays are placed at the bottom of the unit? you will need to remove the bay cover in order to get access to the HDDs.

Of course it could be also an HDD issue? Due to the drop, the HDD could develop a fault and this could be the reason for this issue?

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I need video controller Driver (Win XP Pro) for my Toshiba A300D PSAK4E.
The driver of Toshiba Support does not fit. : ((( +It is a ERRORMESSAGE "path 95 characters, installation is not possible+" ...

Driver, I tried to install, I have downloaded here [display driver|]
*Can someone help me?*

write me plesase to my e-mail: [email protected] THANKS!

Answer:I need display driver for Satellite A300D

Have you installed chipset driver for this notebook model?
To be honest I am a little bit confused because chipset driver for WXp is not listed on Toshiba download page.

Try to find it alone. Chipset is AMD M690G.

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I have very recently purchased a Toshiba Satellite Pro A300D-132 and since turning on I am having problems with the sound.
Once I start playing music, every few seconds the sound will stutter.
I also notice that other programs seem to stutter graphically, even as I am typing this.

I have up to date antivirus and spyware protection and have been on the Toshiba website for the relevant sound drivers. I am still having the problems.

Any suggestions?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.......Ste

Answer:Satellite Pro A300D-132 sutter every few seconds

Could you please explain you issue more exact?

Does the sound stutter playing mp3 files stored on the HDD or playing audio CD or listening to audio internet stream?

And graphic?
How do you mean this? Does the picture stutter watching DVD movies, DVIX files, videos in internet??

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I am writing to you, through a translator, as well as the English do not know. And in the forums of the country the answer to this question is not found.

The problem is that I can not connect to a TV via s-video.
When was Windows XP, connected to a TV without any problems. Now, with Windows 7 x64, fails to connect.
Help please.

Fn + F5 does nothing.
Configure the switch to PAL, and so on, also not found.

Answer:Satellite A300D-158 - cannot connect to TV via S-video

Also silent as the official representatives in my country: ( (Toshiba)

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The command sleep was done for the windows. After this the PC doesn't want to switch on at all. After pushing the Power button, its button starts to light, HDD and CDROM are turning, but the screen stays black, ventilator of the processor is turning on after few minutes, BIOS and OS are not starting to process. After pushing the Power second time, the PC is turn off immediately. Formed impression that the computer is still sleeping.
Can you suggest, what kind of problem this could be?

P.S. In on forum i find This suggestion:
"1. unplug the laptop
2.take out the battery
3.hold down the power button for 20 seconds (doing this drains any excess power fron the unit)
4.put battery back in
5.plug in laptop
6.try to turn it on"

I'm try but computer still doesn't work :(

Answer:Satellite A300D - 14P : Laptop won't turn on


I found another workaround;
Remove the AC adaptor and the battery
Leave the notebook disconnected for a longer time. I guess you should wait some hours.
Then connect the battery and ac adaptor again.
Then try to power up the unit?

Check this out!

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BIOS update fails for Toshiba Satellite A300D-125 PSAK4E (2.80-WIN32 to 3.10-WIN32).
The source I tried to upgrade is 30/04/09 dated

Screen shot available for futrher information.

Please help thanks.

Also can any one tell me what is new in 3.10?

Answer:Satellite A300D-125 - Can't update the BIOS

Hey buddy,

For your notebook model is not a BIOS version 3.10 available.

If you search on the Toshiba website for Satellite A300D and model number PSAK4E you can only download the version 2.80.
The version 3.10 is for other A300D models!!!

You can check this on the Toshiba website and so stop to update the BIOS please. You can destroy the ROM module.

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Hello everyone.
We have two problems with two drivers so:

Display driver 8.634.1 - don't work zoom settings. New Catalyst 9.11 does not help me.
Sound Driver - failed instaled.

I installed display driver for Vista and sound for XP but I think I need an update because videocard with this 8.452.2-080130a-059298C driver working so slowly .

What to do ?
Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite A300D-126 - Need drivers for Windows 7

Hi mate,

First of all you can?t use Windows XP drivers on Windows 7. This will not work.

You wrote about different drivers for Vista and XP? Ok, the most Vista drivers are also work on Windows 7 but Satellite A300D is Windows 7 supported. That means you can already get Windows 7 drivers on the Toshiba page: > Support & Downloads > Download Drivers

Check this!

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Hello there!

I was just about to start almost the same topic when I saw there has been very similar question asked several hours ago - []. Yet I decided to share my problem.

I have Satellite A300D-11Q with PA3534U-1BRS battery, 4000 mAh and 10.8 V.
The difference in my case is that I bought a new battery PA3533U-1BRS, 7200 mAh, 10.8V, but from a third party manufacturer.
Prior to that, I was told by Toshiba official service that PA3533U-1BRS is compatible with my computer. Of course, from that third party (Brainydeal, a USA based company, but the battery is made in China, by AGPTEK). It was quite tempting as the price was half of that quoted by Toshiba for a 6000 mAh one. And there were 16/16 5-star ratings on Amazon for the same battery.

So, the problem. I had very similar red flashing LED, but nevertheless the battery could be charged and was able to power the laptop for about 2 hours. However, the computer was not able to get info neither about the charging level (and consequently could not to assess when is time to hibernation, so was being suddenly shut down), nor about voltage, nor manufacturer.

And the model appeared to be PA3593U-1BRS according to the software (Lavalys Everest, and also BatteryMon).
I had some awkward correspondence with Brainydeal where they assured me that the battery is high-grade quality and all is fine, and 3593 is compatible with my laptop... Read more

Answer:Satellite A300D-11Q battery problem

Just one question: does the old battery work properly?
I mean do the led blink using the old battery or only using the new battery?

I read in some threads that latest BIOS should be used for Satellite A300 series to solve some battery issues.

Please check if you are using the latest BIOS!!!

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Have today received "Tempro Software Update" for Toshiba Facerecognition for my A300D-15B notebook.
Link for download shows as "This link has been removed or had it's name changed".

Had an alert from Toshiba via e-mail on 12/12/08 and downloaded this update, but decided to wait until Tempro advised me of same before installing.
Attempted to install, only to find it didn't REMOVED all Facerecognition and Smartwatcher from my notebook!!

Have performed system restore and got it all back, but what is going on please?.....
Is there an update or not?.....should I install it or not?.....Am I missing something here when attempting to install it?

Please help......Confused


Answer:Facerecognition update for Satellite A300D-15B

The Tempro Software send a notification that the new file (Face recognition) has been uploaded to the Toshiba page.
But this doesn?t mean that you HAVE TO update it.

If you don?t have any problems with your tool and if everything is running great then why do you want to update it?

I follow always this advice; never change a running system?

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I've formatted my PC and installed XP. Can I reinstall Vista using HDD recovery?

Answer:Satellite A300d-16W - Can I use HDD recovery after Win XP installation?

>I've formatted my PC and installed XP

No, you cannot use the Recovery HDD after the Win XP installation because it looks like you have formatted the HDD and the HDD partition has been erased.

So you will have to use the Toshiba Recovery disk which you have created hopefully before you have formatted the HDD.


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Sell parts for +Toshiba Satellite A300D - 13R+
Contact: [email protected]

Answer:I've got Satellite A300D-13R parts for sale

Hey I believe we can start to trade parts for notebooks here. ;)
Hey Toshiba start ?Toshiba parts market? section as soon as possible!!!

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Where can I get drivers for graphic cards and pci devices?
ATI radeon

Answer:Satellite A300D-17M - Downgrade from Vista to WXP


If your notebook is WXP supported drivers should be available on Toshiba support and download page under

Check it out!

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Hi folks.

I own a Satellite A300D PSAK1E x64
It came wth Vista x86 pre-installed, I just got rid of Vista & installed Win XP Pro x64.
Has anyone links to XP x64 drivers for this laptop ?

Thank's in advance.

Answer:Satellite A300D - Where can I find the XP x64 drivers?


The point is Windows XP x64 is not supported from Toshiba so you will not find any drivers on the Toshiba website.

What can you do now?
Well, I think you must search on external websites for drivers. Maybe there you can find working XP x64 drivers. It?s worth a try ;)

If you have founded all drivers you can post a list a where you have downloaded the drivers. It could be useful for other users here. ;)


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Notebook Satellite A300D-21D. Average CPU temperature drops below 80C even at low loads. Is this normal?

Answer:Question about CPU temperature on Satellite A300D-21D

> Average CPU temperature drops below 80C even at low loads. Is this normal?

No, it's not normal at low loads. For example mine is 40 -45C. You should try to clean it:

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I recently got a new battery PA3533U-1B RS/AS for my aged Satellite A 300d.
When I place the new battery in the laptop, unplugged, press power button, the red battery indicator flashes several times, no power.

When i plug in the mains to the laptop, the red battery indicator stays red as-though charging, once windows has loaded the battery shows as Not Detected.

I have checked connection and gone through device manager- unistall/install but come to no luck. This is the 3rd replacement battery I've had from this company who have a very positive review. Is it my laptop or the battery?

I do have a good faithful 20 minutes battery that recognises every time and charges without a problem.
If you could please help it would actually stop me from going crazy, thanks in advance :)

Answer:Satellite A300d - New battery not detected

i've also tried various 'hard reset' methods. The laptop works with new battery in, however the red battery indicator flashes red, whilst in the bottom tray it reads 'unknown remaining' with an empty battery.
Thanks again

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Hello all,

I bought Toshiba Satellite A300D notebook, model 126, with Windows Vista Home Premium (PSAK4E).
These days I tried to install Windows XP Professional with SP2 on my laptop.

First I made a new partition (D:) for the new operating system.
I installed XP operating system on disk D:. I expected to be able to choose between the two operating systems (Vista and XP) when I start the computer.
After installing all the drivers for XP, which I took from the Toshiba website, I realized the driver SM Bus controller remained uninstalled.

Where can I get this driver?
Secondly, how can I chose between the two operating systems when booting the computer?

Thank you.

Answer:Satellite A300D-126 downgrade Vista to XP


First of all I hope you have created a Toshiba Recovery disk in order to recover the notebook if something will go wrong.

Now to your Win XP installation;
The Win XP installation has damage the Vista boot manager.
If you want to boot both OS then you will have to boot from original Microsoft Vista disk in order to repair the boot manager.
After the boot manager has been repaired and you have booted into the Vista you could use a tool called Vista Boot Pro to include the Win XP to the Vista boot loader.


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When I got my laptop set up the way I like it and I created a recovery disk which took up 2 DVD?s.
Then Vista started to slow down a lot so I decided to use the disk and it all started to go well then it asked for disk two and it came up with an error saying that the file was missing so the setup couldn?t finish.

So, now I can?t get into the menu to restore it to the state when I got it and the disks which I have don?t work.
Any help is appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Cannot use recovery DVDs with my Satellite Pro A300D

Hello buddy

It is very bad situating now. Please try to do it one more time.
If the same happen there is nothing you can do. I am not an expert for this stuff but I have noticed that whole recovery image from recovery DVD will be copied to HDD (second partition) at first and later the recovery installation will starts from there.

If the coping procedure is not done to the end recovery procedure cannot be started.
Sorry buddy. In my opinion you can try to contact nearest authorized service provider and explain the situation. Take created DVDs as evidence and maybe they will order new media for free.

Good luck!

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I can't find drivers for XP. Can someone help me.

Answer:Satellite A300D-17F - Where to find drivers for XP


Some other users reported that they can?t find any drivers too. Maybe the Server was down or something else but now it?s working again :) => Support & Downloads => Download Drivers
Notebook => Satellite => Satellite A Series => Satellite A300D => PSAKCE => Windows XP


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I have model Satellite A300D-14P for one month. Warranty 2 yrs. I have few questions, and asking for help, and suggestions what I should do?

*My camera quality * is VERY poor, Only with very much light on, I can get generally ok picture quality. Indoor, beside turned on both options, night mode or backlight compensation I hardly can see my face, very dark and poor quality. Second problem is blue led light, it is annoying because half of picture is always blue, somehow that light taking half picture which is always blue:((( I used notebook model from L300 series ( cheaper than mine) with same camera and that blue light, it is working perfectly :(

*Battery life and start up Vista OS*? ??In power save mode hardly 1.5h ??? Just surfing and nothing else....I asked Toshiba support here in Serbia about that and they told me that it is normal, and measuring of battery life (2, ...h) by specifications, is when my display is off and computer don't do anything ??? They also told me that normal start up time for Vista OS is around 1.45min maybe more???

If I install win XP is it possible to get battery life longer?

Do I need to go in Toshiba service or what?

Thank you very much and sorry if I am boring :))))


Answer:Few questions about Satellite A300D-14P functionality

Hay Nikola

You are not boring at all and welcome on this forum.

I don't know where to start. ;).

I have Satellite A300-1LI in front of me and I use it about a month now. Start-up time is very interesting theme and with right configuration you can optimise it and make it much shorter as with ?factory setting?. Please read one very interesting thread about it under
Do the same with your Satellite and I hope you will be satisfied.

Battery running time? I must say that information about two hours is realistic and I can confirm it. The same on my Satellite. But to be honest for mobile computing it is OK. I have changed several notebooks and just business notebook Tecra has had linger battery running time. What you can do is to check Toshiba support site and pick up info about more powerful battery. I am not sure but you can use Battery Pack (Li-Ion, 9 Cell, 6000mAh).

About cam I cannot say much. On my Satellite it works OK and I am satisfied. OK the quality is not the same like on good external webcams but for integrated cam it is OK.
If you are not satisfied try to talk with nearest service or try to compare it with some other Satellite by your local dealer.

So Nikola, if you have more questions please post again.

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hello, everybody!

I've read previous topics regarding win 7 drivers for A300, though I'd like to consult on my own problem. I've got A300D.

Toshiba drivers page offers very limited list of drivers for Satellite A300D-17G PSAKCE.

Where shall I get the rest?

No matter for 32 or 64 bit. I'll be happy with any of them.

Thanx in advance!

Answer:Win 7 32-64 bit drivers for Satellite A300D-17G PSAKCE


Did you check this Toshiba HOWTo?

There you will find instruction how to find the right driver.
This opens a possibility to search for drivers on different pages.
You can also use the drivers released for other notebook series because in most cases the devices are the same and the driver should be compatible.

Last but not least i recommend using the forum search function which helps you to search for other threads with the same questions.

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Hey, I'm looking for the Dolby sound drivers for my computer (Satellite A300D) to run on Windows XP. Model number is PSAH8A-01K00H.

Any help on where i can find the sound driver for this model would be appreciated, as I only purchased this computer last year.

Thanks, Louie

Answer:Satellite A300D - Where can I get sound drivers?

Hi mate?

I think you are a little bit confused?

First of all an ?Dolby sound driver? is not known to me and I doubt something like that exists and is available?

You can find and install just a sound driver!

As far as I know the Satellite A300D PSAH8A-01K00H supports the Realtek sound chip and you could download the newest Realtek sound driver from the Realtek page directly.

You will have to search for Realtek HD Audio driver.

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I purchased a Toshiba A300D Satellite Pro laptop a few days ago.
The first job was to wipe Vista Home Premium off there and put Vista Business as I needed to connect to a Domain.

I did this and then went to install the drivers from the Toshiba driver download pages.
There were many drivers that were not successful but I have managed to fix most of the problems apart from when I display the laptop of a projector I can the start menu cut off the bottom on the external display only.

Anyway I am now led to believe that there is HDD recovery on the disk that would give me the correct drivers as they were installed when the laptop arrived.
How do I get these off the system onto a disk for example so that I can resinstall?

Thanks for your time.

Answer:Satellite Pro A300D - How to get the Vista drivers

On my laptop, the drivers are in C:\TOSAPINS

So to access the drivers, you need to run Recovery, copy TOSAPINS to external storage, the reinstall Vista Business or Upgrade Home Premium to Business.

Or you can simply download the drivers from the Toshiba Website.

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Good time of day all!

Bought this laptop about a year ago, fed up with Vista, I decided to change Windows, but there was a lot of questions ...

(1) what Windows better place instead of Vista? XP? Seven?

(2) on manufacturer's website


For Windows 7 - 64 Bit is lined with 10 drivers ... there enough of this?
For Windows XP 32 drivers lined .. and which of them shaking if you choose XP 64-bit?

(3) and where to the Windows to download, set and forget, without any registration, activation and limited periods of work?

beforehand many thanks to those who respond

Answer:Want to replace Vista on Satellite A300D-158

In my opinion these new notebooks like your one can run perfectly with Windows 7 and in my opinion you should make a step forward and not backward.

Unfortunately Win7 drivers are not available for your notebook model, not yet, and it will be problematic to install own operating system.
WXP 64bit is not supported for this notebook model

Windows is not downloadable. If you want to use operating system without registration, limitation or activation you must use OS you got with your notebook.

In my opinion best solution for you is to order Toshiba Win7 upgrade kit, so you can upgrade preinstalled Vista to Win7 without any problems. This upgraded version must not be activated and you can use it without registration or limitation.

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I have a problem. I connect TV to Toshiba Satellite A300D through S-Video cabel, but no signal on the TV.
Although it's worked some time ago.

Operating system detects the TV, but doesn't activate Duplicate and External mode.

Answer:Satellite A300D - No signal via S-Video

Hi mate,

Have you tested another cable? Maybe the cable doesn?t work properly anymore.
Check this!!!

Furthermore if you use the S-Video port you must choose between PAL or NTSC mode. It?s depending on the country where you life or where you purchased your TV. You can change this in graphic properties.

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Hello Techies!

I have got a Satellite A300D and had to re-install a new OS version.
I removed the pre-installed MS Vista German language and installed MS Vista Business Ed. 32bit ENGLISH language Version.
The installation was fine, all software is running properly EXCEPT for the ATI drivers and the ATI Catalyst Control Center (CCC).

I downloaded the most current version of the ATI drivers and the CCC for this laptop.
From once the Toshiba page but also from ATI directly nothing helped.

Laptop is used with a docking station (although it doesn't matter for this issue!)

- when opening/closing the lid cover of the display an error message pops up on the screen telling me, the graphics driver is working incorrectly.
- when right-clicking on the desktop > ATI CCC (or opening it via the SysTray) a first-configuration window from that tool appears and after a seconds it hides suddenly. After guessed 30sec it appears again for one second and the game repeats. I cannot click "next" or choose any option within that window. I have to kill the process that is running with that program.
- SKYPE VoIP: The opposite user can see me but I cannot see the person's video pictures that I am calling.
Even in the Skype video config windows it doesn't show me a video picture from my camera.
- Opening a PDF file with the Adobe Reader works fine. To open a second PDF next to it brings up a problem and i cannot see the content. It is kind of freezing the wi... Read more

Answer:Satellite A300D - some questions regarding different issues

Is there anybody from Toshiba who is reading this and could help?

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Hi all,

I wonder if anyone can help me. I'm having a lot of issues with my new laptop at the moment, and I'm now about to re-format and re-install Windows.
The issue is this: When browsing website with images or embedded videos, the display struggles to scroll down and is very "jerky" and slow. This happens in both Firefox & Internet Explorer.
Its not just web browsers that have the issue, Word, Excel etc all have this problem. I produce a lot of documents and sometimes need to scroll through them - and the performance when scrolling through is a joke!

I've contacted ATI and they've washed their hands of this issue and refuse to do anything about it.
I've tried the latest drivers, the drivers shipped with the laptop, rolled back to past drivers, done a BIOS firmware update, chipset update, processor driver update etc....and nothing has worked! Really have no idea on how to progress forward from this.

Any ideas / suggestions would be greatly appreciated - or if anyone needs any additional information, I'll regularly check this thread.

I'm running Windows XP Pro SP3

Thank you,
Dan Smith

Answer:Satellite Pro A300D-140 - Graphics Issue

I'm not sure if my advice could help but do you have the problem with the preinstalled OS from Toshiba?

Do you tried the latest drivers from Toshiba website or other websites?

As far as I know the Satellite Pro A300D has Vista as OS. So you should reinstall the OS from the Toshiba recovery disk. There are all drivers include.

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I have a problem with my 3 months old Toshiba Satellite A300D-126. Anytime I play a game like, Call of Duty 4 or Warcraft after like 15-20 min, the left side of the laptop where the cooler is positioned , it`s overheating badly, almost too hot to touch, and finally the laptop shuts down.

I must mention the fact that recently I installed XP (all drivers downloaded from the Toshiba site) , but I kinda had the same problems on Vista too.

I downloaded ?MobileMeter?, and the temperatures showed there I think they aren`t normal:
Temp - 80-85 C, and the HDD-35-36 degrees C (When I?m not using the games, so I think during the games the temps. rise considerably )

Is it possible the cooler can`t face the games, of is it dusty? If so, how do I clean it?

Any kind of response helps,

Thank you

Answer:Satellite A300D - overheating and shutting down


I play ?Call of Duty 4? on Satellite A300-1LI and until now everything goes well. Ok it is different hardware platform but I still believe there should not be so much difference.

In my opinion CPU temperature is maybe higher than usual but, in my opinion, not on critical level. The HDD temperature is normal and the same as on my Satellite A300.
I don't know how you use your notebook but it is new notebook model and I don't believe there is so many dust inside. If the notebook is placed on the desk try to place back side on two CD boxes and place it on higher position. Reduce graphic settings in the game and check it again.

Is the cooling method in Toshiba power saver set to maximum level?

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I need SATA driver for Satellite A300D-158. I can't find chipset name for this notebook. I need it for Windows XP. Where do I can find those drivers? Maybe anyone knows the name of the chipset in those notebooks?

Please help.

Answer:Re: Satellite A300D-158 SATA driver


All D models have AMD based board and your one is AMD RX780.

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Hi All,

Could anyone tell me where can I find drivers for Windows 32-bit and/or 64-bit for my laptop Satellite A300D - 16N?

Best Regards,

Answer:Satellite A300D - 16N Windows 7 32-bit 64-bit drivers

Did you take a look on the Toshiba European page?

The notebook Satellite A300D - 16N belongs to the PSAKCE series? you can find all drivers there?

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My PCI card HD 3650 works fine,

with the integrated chipset ( M780G ) it should be possible to use ATI PowerXpress.

the system only recognize the HD3659. But the system has two cards : the HD3200 in the AMD M780G chipset and a dedicated chip, ATI Mobility HD3650 chip.

can anyone tell me how to activate the HD 3200

thnx Hans

Answer:Satellite A300D-14R - How to activate HD3200?


As far as I know some Satellite A300 notebooks have Hybrid-Crossfire technique.
And your notebook model doesn?t have it. It is possible with RS780M chipset and your notebook model has, I believe, RX780M.

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Hi All
I'm looking for Sata drivers for my notebook Toshiba A300D-17G (PSAKCE-01J00QPL) with AMD Turion X2.
I want to make downgrade from Vista to xp and don't want to make BIOS compatibility mode.
There aren't any SATA drivers on Toshiba European sites (I try everything)

There is no Driver on Win XP sp3 (I try this either)

Sorry for mistakes in English if any :).

Answer:Satellite A300D-17G - looking for Sata Driver


I hope this will help you:
Download display driver for WXP version 8.479
Go to folder SBDrv > SATA and there you will find

Use these files and load them before WXP installation starts using F6.

Please let me know if this works.

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My wife has a Satellite A300D (model PSAK4E) and it keeps shutting down. Both randomy and when induced under certain conditions

Previously I tested the HDD and found bad sectors so replaced with a 64GB SSD. Tried installing Windows 7 but it kept failing towards the end. So I reset the machine without a battery and holding the power button for 2 mins to clear memory. Got Windows 7 installed + updates.

I was worried about it shutting down all the time but flashed the BIOS. Flash worked.

The laptop still resets? I considered several possible causes and wanted to get other peoples ideas
1. HDD - replaced and still resets
2. battery - have ran on AC power only and still resets
3. overheating - it sometimes occurs under certain conditions (memmory testing or trying to run certain application) or randomly (no pattern)
4. a busted circuit someplace on the mother board
5. software - OS completely new + laptop resets when using certain application from a live disc.

Thanks inadance for the help

Answer:Satellite A300D - Powering off all the time

Hi me_in_oz,

Theoretically the notebook could powering off itself due a higher internal temperature to protect the hardware from damages.
In this case you have to clean the notebook using compressed air spray to blow out the dust from cooling ventilators. It?s easy and takes only few minutes so check this article:
[How to clean the cooling system of a Toshiba notebook? |]

If not it seems to be a serious hardware issue and your notebook should be checked from professional people. Probably it?s a mainboard malfunction?

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After installing Windows 7 (32 bit) I can't get the turn on the S-VHS (TV) output.

Any solution?

Answer:Satellite Pro A300D-152 - Can't turn on the S-VHS output

Hi Longhorn_1,

First of all you should check if display driver is installed properly. That means in device manager there shouldn?t be any yellow exclamation marks.
New drivers you can download from official Toshiba page.

Furthermore you use S-Video output if you press FN+F5 key combination.
Generally speaking you should connect the S-Video cable firstly before you turn on TV/notebook. After this power on your TV and choose S-Video port and then power on the notebook. Use FN+F5 key combination to switch between monitors.

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i have a year old Satellite Pro A300D-151 that make a lot of noise compared to other computers.
When i bought the computer it had vista 32-bit but since then i have installed windows 7 64-bit on it.

The noise sounds like a fan is running but the computer is not hot, and you put your hand in front of the fan air output you cant feel any air coming out. is there anyway to find out what is causing this problem and fix it?

please, any answers are appreciated

Answer:Satellite Pro A300D-151 noisy fans

Try please to set ?cooling method? to minimum level. Notebook should run much quieter than before.

Power settings > for used power plan go to change power plan settings > change advanced power settings > Toshiba power saver settings > cooling method.

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I purchased this laptop and i am really happy with it. I just want to know if is possible to downgrade from windows vista to windows xp.

Answer:Re: Windows XP on Satellite A300D-14D (PSAK8E)

Hi, Do you know how to search? there are 100 topics about the same thing....

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I have a most annoying problem with the audio volume on my Toshiba Laptop A300D?15B and I wonder if anyone can help?

I use the machine to play film DVDs and connect 25watt Altec Lansing external speakers via the 3.5 mm headphone socket. Despite all attempts to improve the volume and quality of the sound it is still very poor; I have used other laptops and had very good sound quality which makes the most frustrating.

OS Windows Vista 32-bit. I update software when prompted using both Windows and Toshiba Tempro.
With all the volume controls at 100% (including the little wheel) the volume is very low. Going into sound settings via the control panel the speakers are ?Conexant High Definition SmartAudio 221?.

The bar volume indicator sitting to the right-hand never gets any higher than three bars. In the Enhancements Window I have tried every variant, turning off the computer after each change and restarting with no improvement. If anything disable all enhancements appears to be about the best although once or twice I have found that loudness equalisation has improved the bar reading.

In the Advanced Window it is running at 16 bit 48000 Hz if I change these it makes no difference.
Under Exclusive Mode it is ticked to allow applications to take exclusive control of this device ? I'm not sure what this means. However ticking and undertaking these options seems to make no difference.

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Answer:Poor volume on Satellite A300D15B

I?m really wondering you have such problems. I have Satellite A300 (similar to your) preinstalled with WXP and Win7 32bit and sound is great. It is connected to my Hi-Fi and I hear internet radio using Winamp.

Sound level can be set using Windows volume control or volume control on certain player. If the player volume level is low you can put Windows sound level to maximum but you will not hear much so please play a bit with these settings.
To check or change some sound properties is not necessary. By default everything is set to optimum level.

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I'm having a bit of a problem with my new A300D.
That is; it won't shut down anymore.

After powering down for about 3 seconds it will just come to live again.

What could it be?

Answer:Satellite A300D won't shut-down but restarts instead

What do you mean exactly?
Can you shut down the notebook choosing *Start button -> Shut down -> shut down* ?

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Hello everyone!

I have installed windows XP to my toshiba Satellite A300D-205,

I've found the compatible drivers and all the devices work fine except Fn functions and multimedia sensor-keys beside the main keyboard!

I tried to install Toshiba Value Added Package but it doesn't work in win XP...

Do you have any ideas how to make this stuff working? Is there Toshiba VAP for XP?

Any answers appreciated. Thanks.


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Answer:Satellite A300D-205 - Fn buttons do not work with Win XP

Listen dude

The VAP (value added package) has been designed for Win Vista and Win 7 ONLY!!!
There is no VAP for Win XP!!!

The Satellite A300D-205 belongs to the PSAHCE series but the Toshiba European driver page does not provide any Win XP drivers for this series!!! There are only Vista or Win 7 drivers.

To be honest Win XP is oldie? it was a king in the past but the king the dead? Long live the king (Win 7)

I doubt you will get Win XP drivers created for this series and therefore I doubt you will get the FN buttons to work.
But of course you can try to install the Common Module, Hotkey Utility, Hotkey Utilities for Display Devices released for other series (A300, A200, etc..) maybe you could get the tools running which would enable FN buttons

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Can any one let me know how long my battery should last for a Satellite A300D?
It's been in my possesion for two days from new?

Answer:How long should battery last in a Satellite A300D


First of all you should know that a battery life time changes and it depends on the notebook usage.
So if you would watch DVDs or/and play game the battery would discharge much faster as running some common applications like Word, IE, etc?

Furthermore there are different batteries with different specifications? the 6 cell battery would discharge faster as a 9 cell battery.
Therefore it?s not easy to say how long a battery should last but usually you could use the notebook with battery power for about 1.5 hours


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I have removed a button from the keyboard and I broke a little piece of the plastic construction under the button.

Can I find a new plastic construction and replace it because the button now can be removed without any force? :(

Answer:Satellite A300D-17F broken button

You cannot buy individual keys. The full keyboard will need to be replaced. An ASP can supply a keyboard to you.

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Hi all.

First sorry for my bad english.So the problem is my laptop have 4GB(2x2gb).I buy 1x4GB and i want to run with 6GB.When i install (1x2gb/1x4gb) my laptop run in bios write 6144mb.

But wen start the windows bsod...some time freeze on windows welcome screen and bsod.
I trying evrerything to run with 6GB not sucess(one time and show me 802mb hardware reserved after next restart bsod).

Sometime is run under Safe Mode and there is write some ram use with Hardware Reserved.Under linux i dont have problems :X installed 6GB and no any problems.One friend tells me my video card shared memory make conflict and cant calculate the ram.Can i DISABLE my video card shared memory.

The video card is not integrated.
I will give every information you will need...:"( just wanna run this computer with 6GB ram....and no bsod....

I test the ram. ( NEW RAM Corsair 1x4GB) Memtest
Test everything no problems with hardware.
Reinstall the windows only (x64).
Stop the service SuperFetch.
Install some hotfixes from windows.
I dont know what i make more :"(.
If can make to disable video memory???

*Toshiba A300D-PSAKCE*

*ATI HD3650 512MB* -

DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (6-6-6-18 @ 400 MHz) (5-5-5-15 @ 333 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) - And 2 rams have same timing....


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Answer:Satellite A300D-17F - Problem with RAM upgrade

Nice story but question is: do you use compatible RAM modules?
In your long posting you didn?t post part number and manufacturer of your Ram for upgrade.

Fact is that compatible RAMs will work perfectly and there is nothing you must change, especially not some sharing memory options that don?t even exist.

By the way:
Compatible 4GB RAM hast part number PA3670U-1M4G. Use this RAM and you will not have problems, especially not BSOD. BSOD is clear evidence that there is compatibility problem.

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Hi people,
I can?t hear music with the headphones (or external loudspeakers) as I used.

Windows Vista
Model A300D-13R
Sound is coming from my heaphones but only the test sound (Control panel --> Audio sistem --> Headphones --> Test OK)
But when playing music with the headphones connected music continue comingo out from the laptop loudspeakers.

I checked everything:headphones are ok, sound on control panel is ok. Out of headphone nothing, anyway.

What can I do?
Thanks a lot

[email protected]

Answer:Satellite A300D No sound from headphones

Have you tested different music players and headphones?
I?m not sure but maybe you can also set different sound outputs in players.

Furthermore I would make a sound driver update.
Visit the Toshiba European website and search for an update:

And make sure that all sound settings are really correct.

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