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Satellite A100-237 (PSAA9E) - Can I upgrade it with a new 320GB HDD?

Question: Satellite A100-237 (PSAA9E) - Can I upgrade it with a new 320GB HDD?


I want to upgrade the harddisk of my Satellite A100-237. It is equipped with 80GB Fujitsu, 5200rpm, SATA. I want to install a new one - 320GB, 7200rpm, SATA. But I don't know is it supported.

I tried to find information about possibilities for this upgrade, I couldn't find anything.

Thank you in advance!

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Preferred Solution: Satellite A100-237 (PSAA9E) - Can I upgrade it with a new 320GB HDD?

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Answer: Satellite A100-237 (PSAA9E) - Can I upgrade it with a new 320GB HDD?


Theoretically you can upgrade the HDD to a 320GB model. This should not be a problem because on the SATA interface there are no capacity limits.

According the rpm of the HDD? Well buddy, a HDD with 7200rpm is of course faster as a HDD with ?only? 5400rpm but if you use the computer only for office and internet the HDD with 5400rpm is fast enough.
The point is that a HDD with more rpm?s produces more heat and makes a little bit more noise but it?s faster. So in my opinion a HDD with 7200rpm is only useful if you works with video files and general files with big sizes.
But theoretically you can use a HDD with 7200rpm.

I have good experience with Seagate and Hitachi HDDs but you can also buy a HDD from another manufacture.


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Hello.... is there a simple step by step guide to upgrade my A100 from XP to Windows 7. Neil

Answer:Re: Upgrade Satellite A100 (PSAA9E) from XP to Windows 7

I don't believe you will find such guide somewhere online but simplest is as follow:

Check if your notebook is Win7 supported (Toshiba support page )
Install Win7 (clean installation)
Install necessary drivers, tools and utilities

That?s all.
If you need more details let us know.

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might it be possible that there is no Bluetooth in this notebook?
WLAN i found but i only can use bluetooth if i use my separate MSI Bluetooth stick.
Or is there anything wrong in my seeings

Greetings Patrick

Answer:No Bluetooth in Satellite A100-773 PSAA9E


Check please this link


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Hi to all!

Once again the same problem with BIOS updating...

Quotting from there

"I decided to update the BIOS on my Toshiba Satellite A100-712 PSAA9E laptop to the latest version available (6.00).

The installation finished normally(went through all the steps, wrote all 21 blocks) without any errors but after rebooting I noticed that it now hangs at the Toshiba logo screen.

The blue progress bar moves twice but then gets stuck about 1/3 of the way through.
In order to see how bad the damage was, I pressed esc at the beginning of POST and saw that it gives me the right BIOS Version (6.00).

It also tells me that "No TPM or TPM has problem", and "2039M System RAM Passed."
It then displays the message "Press <F2> to enter SETUP" (which makes the message disappear, but otherwise does nothing.

If i press F2 during the Toshiba logo screen, it replaces the message at the bottom with "Please wait" and nothing happens"

Sollution "go to ASP" in not sollution.

Is there someone who can explain how to use Phoenix Crisis Disk (PCD)?
I've made diskette from PCD, replaced BIOS.WPH with my BIOS version.

After pressing WIN + F and power on diskette starts to work and beeps are from my note. After 1 minute - everything freez... Same with bios.bak - old version of my BIOS made after starting Winphlash.exe...
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Answer:Satellite A100-712 (PSAA9E) - No TPM or TPM has a problem


I posted this already in the other posting regarding an similar BIOS issue.

For me it looks like something went wrong during the BIOS update procedure and if you are lucky man, the BIOS ROM reflashing could help you.

As far as I know you would need a special rescue BIOS version and disk to reflash the ROM module which you don?t have and therefore you have to contact the ASP in you country for a help.

This is not a real solution which you would expect but it?s an advice how to get a solution?
Therefore I would recommend contacting the ASP in your country for notebook check

Good luck buddy

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Toshiba satellite A100-192 . Model no . PSAA9E-01Y01QAR



Ethernet Controller
Mass storage controller
Network controller
sm bus controller
video controller (VGA compatible)

Thease drivers please some one help me i searchd in thoshiba website but there no difference after installting them Any one help me out ?

Answer:Satellite A100-192 PSAA9E: Need drivers for Win XP


All drivers are placed on the Toshiba European driver page.
Choose the Satellite A100 PSAA9E and download the necessary drivers.

Ethernet Controller means WLan driver
Network controller means LAN driver
video controller (VGA compatible) means display driver
sm bus controller means Flash Media Driver from Texas Instruments (it?s for SD card reader)

The newest WLan drivers can be downloaded from here as well:

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Can someone tell me how much memory I can put into my notebook "A100-692 PSAA9E"?

On the Internet there are pages which state that 4GB is the max memory amount, whereas the handbook says that 2GB is the max amount (The handbook seems to be made for a group of different notebooks and also states
that my notebook should have a GForce but it has an ATI GFX card).

If 4GB is the max amount, can I go with the following memory constellation?:

2GB Stick Port 1
512 MB Stick Port 2

Also can I use DDR2-667Mhz Ram instead of 533Mhz Ram and and/or a mixture of these?



Answer:Satellite A100-692 PSAA9E: What is the max memory

Besides the internt pages I think you really can only use a maximum of 2GB, as the biggest official memory module is only a 1GB one.
Anyway, more than 4GB are useless if you dont't use a 64Bit operating system.

I would suggest that you use 2x1024GB 533mhz modules.

Mixture of 533 and 677 might work but wouldn't risk any incompatibility issues.

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I installed Windows 7 ulitmate 32bit. when I click to 'tuninstall.exe', nothing happens (driver givent any error but dont work). help me please ?

and few of other drivers gives the same error. :( exp. sound.

Answer:Satellite A100-237 (PSAA9E) - Can't install ATI driver


Which driver you try to install and why?
I assume you mean the ?uninstall.exe? file... Well, you know that this starts the uninstallation process? You have to start the setup.exe or install.exe file to install the driver or use the installation assistant from device manager.

Furthermore it would be interesting to know where you downloaded all the drivers?

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I would like to know more about the special keyboard buttons. I have 4 large buttons on the left of my keyboard, maybe 6 under : "internet, cd/dvd, play/pause, stop, rewind/forward).

I would like to know everything about them: where are they in the Control Panel? How the Button Support software works? How the TBS register keys are used?

In fact I would like to make them working as I want: I do not understand why I have 6 button but only 2 (internet, cd/dvd) in the "Button Support" software.
(of course nothing happens whatever I configure in Button Support). Another thing : I have a strange Y instead if the \ in Button Support's path. Is that alright?

My hardware: Satellite A100-386 (psaa9e)
My software: Windows Visa 32b Ultimate

a+, =)

Answer:Satellite A100-386 (PSAA9E)- Button Support


I can understand you that you are so curious but unfortunately nobody will be able to give precise answers to your questions. I can just write my opinion about this. I hope you will agree with my opinion.

Anyway all those buttons are designed to make notebook usage easier and also more comfortable. As you see there are two buttons that you can use to start some application and other are designed for multimedia purposes.

To be honest your sentence
>I do not understand why I have 6 button but only 2 (internet, cd/dvd) in the "Button Support" software.
confusing me completely. If you can see that 4 buttons are for multimedia I do not understand why you can not understand this. You can use them with EMP, WMP and WinDVD.

Exact explanation how it works you can find in ?User?s manuals?. Maybe you can tell us how would you like to configure all those buttons.

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Hey all

I have just reinstalled XP home on to the satellite A100-215 (PSAA9E-02F00VPT) and am having some real difficulty getting the LAN, VGA and wireless drivers installed.
Everything else works but for some reason these drivers do not do what they are supposed to and I am left in a bit of a lurch?

Has anybody heard of these drivers being bad before, if so is there a solution out there?

Really need some help now as have been on this for a good few hours now and have not got anywhere fast?

Thanks in advance


Answer:Need help with drivers installation on Satellite A100-215 PSAA9E

Can you give an exact describtion of the problem with those drivers?
So first you could try to download the drivers again from the Toshiba download page here:

And make sure all windows updates are installed. For some devices SP2 is important to be installed.

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My laptop does not charge the battery.
Although Windows Xp recognizes the battery and says charging, the battery is not recharged.
I tried with a spare battery as i thought the battery was defective, with same results.

Strange is, when i turn off the laptop the power supply led stays on and blue, even without the power supply atached thus discharging the battery.
The battery led is always amber but not charging!!!

What is the matter with the laptop?

Answer:Satellite A100-166 PSAA9E does not charge the battery

Please help!
Happy new year!

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Hi all, I've tried to flash my laptop BIOS but it always reboot when it comes to the flashing phase. I use the WinPhlash from +"Drivers & Bios"+.

Answer:Can not flash BIOS for Satellite A100-162 PSAA9E


Did you also download the right BIOS for your notebook? I mean is the update designed for PSAA9E series or another one?
If you update the BIOS you should be logged in as administrator and close all running programs.

And why you try to update the BIOS? This update should only be done if you have problems with your notebook. It?s a little bit risky because you could destroy the ROM module in worst case.


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Satellite A100-PSAA9E

I installed Windows XP pro and have installed all the drivers.
I installed the controller driver and Toshiba Hotkey driver.
I do not have the option to put my laptop into hibernation

Anyone know how to fix this?

Answer:Satellite A100-PSAA9E - FN+F4 not working for hibernation

Sorry guys, just figured it out thanks!

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I have the A100-847 PSAA9E-0R101QAR laptop and I have 4GB ram installed on it.
Yesterday I installed Win7 64-bit system but when I check it on the computer properties I only see:

Installed Memory (Ram): 4GB (3.00 GB usable)
System Type: 64-bit Operating System

What should I do to use my full 4GB ram?

Answer:Satellite A100-847 PSAA9E - 4GB ram but it reads only 3GB Win 64bit


In order to be abele to use 4GB RAM, three notebook components should support 4GB.

- Win OS
- Chipset

If one of these parts would not support 4GB RAM then you will not be able to get access to full 4GB.

You are using Win 64bit? that?s ok? so now only the chipset or BIOS might cause this issue?
Check the chipset and search on Intel page if the chipset is 4GB RAM capable.
If chipset would be 4GB RAM capable then the issue is releated to BIOS.


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My Satellite A100 PSAA9E is so incredible slow that I think the only option is to uninstall everything. Mean how can I restore my laptop to its original condition inlc. latest driver units.

best regards,

Answer:How to create a complete new image for Satellite A100 PSAA9E ?


Before making a new installation you can clean your system using software like TuneUp utilities. it's shareware but you can use it free for a month. It cleans the registry, removes duplicated files, and...
If you want to restore to it's original condition, use recovery disks or Hdd recovery image (Pressing F8 on startup). If you didn't burn and hdd recovery image gone, you can order from Toshiba for money or get windows copy for installation (all the drivers you can find on Toshiba driver page)


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I'm from Germany and my english is bad, but I try! The motherboard of my Toshiba Satellite A100-151(SPS: V000068170) is damaged. Now I can buy one with SPS: 000068270.

Now my question: Can I use this board as subsitute for my old board?

Answer:Satellite A100-151 (PSAA9E-01Z01DGR) - New compatible mainboard


I think nobody here can answer this question if the other mainboard will work or not. Fact is it?s another part number so you should ask for professional help. I mean you should contact an authorized service provider in your country. The guys can order all Toshiba spare parts and answer such questions.

Here is a list of them: > Support & Downloads > Find an authorized service provider

Good luck! :)

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I've just download the update for the Bluetooth driver "blt-mon-20071009150856" and install the "BtMon2Inst_v212" driver on my A100-192 (PSAA9E). after the installation of "Toshiba Bluetooth 4" driver the BT works fine.

BUT I can't use the wireless key (FN+F8) anymore to switch between Bluetooth and the Wireless device. I can disable/enable them only from the control panel or the ConfigFree utility.

Any idea how to bring the FN key back to life?


Answer:Satellite A100-192 (PSAA9E) FN+F8 key not working after updating BT driver


I presume the Common models don?t work correctly.
You should download this tool from Toshiba page and reinstall it on the running XP OS.

Please report if the common modules tool has solved this issue!

Best regards

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Hi everybody i have Problems with Installing the Ati Drivers
The Problem is i can't Install the Driver, Catalist Control Center is Ok, also there is no Chance
to get it Running by the Device Manager "...\display\Packages\Drivers\Display\LH_INF\CL_39 454.inf"
the Error Message is "Can't open the Device"!
Here is the Log from the Installer:

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 19:26:03

Name ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
Hersteller ATI Technologies Inc
Ger?te-ID 0x7145
Anbieter-ID 0x1002
Klassen-Code 0x030000
Revisions-ID 0x00
Subsystem-ID 0xff10
Subsystem-Anbieter-ID 0x1179
Andere Hardware

Vorhandene PaketeATI Catalyst Install Manager
Catalyst Control Center
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable 32bit

Pakete f?r Installation
ATI Catalyst Install ManagerEndg?ltiger Status:
Version des Elements: 3.0.624.0
Gr??e: 20 Mbytes
ATI-BildschirmtreiberEndg?ltiger Status: Fail
Version des Elements:
Gr??e: 90 Mbytes
North Bridge Filter-TreiberEndg?ltiger Status: Succeed
Version des Elements: 1.00.0000.1
Gr??e: 1 Mbytes
Catalyst Control CenterEndg?ltiger Status:
Version des Elements: 2.0.2519.38216
Gr??e: 150 Mbytes
Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable 32bitEndg?ltiger Status:
Version des Elements:
Gr??e: 10 Mbytes

Andere gefundene Ger?te

Treiberinstallation: d... Read more

Answer:Cannot install Vista Ati driver for Satellite A100-169 (PSAA9E)


I wonder why you were able to install the Catalyst Control Center and not the inf file ;)
Hmmm? In my opinion the driver is ok but the only installation failed!!!

Did you unzipped all folders correctly ;)
In first step I would recommend removing the whole graphic software.
After new reboot you could try to reinstall it again!

By the way; as far as I know the A100-169 was delivered with the ATI MOBILITY RADEON X1600 graphic driver. I wonder why the Hardware info reports the Name ATI Mobility Radeon X1400

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Hi everybody,
I'm desperately looking for display drivers for my ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 (Satellite A100 PSAA9E)

The ones that can be found on the Toshiba website were last updated in 2007! And they are totally useless on most 3D applications!
Any idea where I could find these?

Many thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite A100 (PSAA9E) - Where I can find new display drivers?


Normally you can find new display drivers on the Toshiba website as you said but I think in this case you can do nothing.

I have checked the ATI/AMD website and there I can find newer drivers for the Mobility Radeon X1400.
But it?s on your own risk to use these drivers because they don?t have an overheat protection. The graphic card can be damaged.

By the way why you want to update the driver? Do you have some problems with the notebook (in games)?
Sometimes it?s useful to search a patch or update for the game and OS.


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The original user manual (1997) for this machine says 2-Gigs is the maximum memory capacity for this 2-slot machine, but nowadays compatible 2-Gig chips are available.

Can I upgrade to 4 Gigs? (or is there some other aspect of this machine that limits Memory to 2-Gigs? )

Answer:Question about memory expansion Satellite A100 PSAA9E


The memory upgrade depends on the chipset!
If the chipset would support only 2GB then you could use max 2GB.

I think if the user manual said that 2GB are max which is possible then this will be right?

Of course you can check this as well.
Check your Intel chipset and then search on the Intel website for more details and properties of this chipset.


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I need a current display driver for my ATI Radeon Mobility X1600 in my Toshiba Satellite A100-153 PSAA9E Notebook.

I can't install the Catalyst Control Center (and so the newest driver). It says to me "This driver is not compatible with your system. Contact the manufacturer"
In the wonderfull... download section are only drivers from 2006 for my X1600. Does anybody know, how I'm able to install the current drivers? Is there a possibility to avoid the "Toshiba lock" for display drivers?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite A100-153 (PSAA9E) - How to update display drivers?

Hi buddy!

The display driver from the original ATI website is not designed for notebook graphic cards and so you can?t install it. Furthermore it doesn?t have an overheat protection and so you can damage your graphic card! It?s on your own risk!!!
If you want the ATI driver you must use the Mobility Modder. Then you can install it but don?t forget it?s on your own risk and you will lose the warranty.

The drivers from the Toshiba website are working definitively for your notebook so why you want to install another driver?

Good luck!

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i've installed Windows XP on a Satellite A100-289 PSAA9E, but i can't install the network and WLAN driver from the drivers-page.
I always get the message that no suiteble driver was found (I've manually selected the directory with the downloaded drivers)

Can anyone help me?
Where can i get the Correct drivers vor the Network-Controller and the WLAN-Card?

Answer:Can't install LAN/WLAN driver on Satellite A100-289 PSAA9E Win XP


As far as I know the Sat A100 PSAA9E series supports Intel 3945ABG WLan card and also a Intel LAN card.
Wlan driver can be found here:

On the Toshiba European driver page I could find drivers for Sat A100 PSAA9E series.
But note; you have to choose the Archive in the product type because it old series.
There are two different LAN drivers;
- LAN driver v 9.2.24 for Ethernet Pro1000
- LAN driver v for Ethernet Pro100

So check both!

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I wanna do a BIOS Update. But If I go to the Toshiba-driversite: and choose Notebook-->Satellite-->A series there are listed:

A100 (PSAA2)
A100 (PSAA8)
A100 (PSAA9)
A100 (PSAAN)
A100 (PSAAR)

At the undersite of my Laptop is printed: PSAA9E. Is this the same as PSAA9 ?

Answer:What's the correct bios for my Satellite A100? Is PSAA9E = PSAA9 ?

Hi mate,

don?t worry and download the bios for PSAA9 since toshiba cuts the last digits from the model number because the last digit probably the region or country describes. I am not sure, but what I am sure is that PSAA9E definetively PSAA9 is.


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I've installed all the latest Windows Vista Toshiba drivers, including the sound driver (realtek), but I cannot install The Toshiba Virtual Sound... I just receive this message: "TOSHIBA Virtual Sound does not support your computer", during the setup. I've checked on the list of drivers and in fact, this is the driver provided for my Toshiba!!! Previously I had Windows XP Media Center Edition, and the virtual sound worked ok. What can I do to solve this problem?

Answer:Can not install virtual surround on my Satellite A100 - 498 (PSAA9E)


where did you downloaded the drivers? On the european toshiba website? Maybe you should try it here:

It?s the canadian site, but I do not guarantee you that you will find...
Give some feedback after trying this site.


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I'm using XP SP3.

The Video and sound drivers on the site are not working correctly - yellow mark in device manager.

Can anyone tell me the exact drivers to use with this model of laptop please?

Answer:Video and sound drivers for Satellite A100-756 PSAA9E


All drivers fro Satellite A100 PSAA9E are ok and work correctly!

I see you have installed SP3. This can be a reason why the drivers cannot be installed.

Remove the SP3, clean the OS using a free tool called ?CCleaner? and try to install the drivers again!!!

Check it out!

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Hi all !

My pc is a Satellite A100 psaa9e and after the Bios update the Bios say " no tmp or tmp failed ".

I try this procedure ( ) and my pc don't reboot automatically!
It finish the beep beep continuous, do one low beep and two normal beep ,and *does nothing to what I did not reset!*.

the floppy is 1.44m ,
the BIOS.WPH is s10gm590.rom from version of San Antonio BIOS (5.90)
the PHLASH.INI file contains this:


Please help me!

Answer:Satellite A100 psaa9e beeps after BIOS udpate

In my opinion the ROM module where the BIOS is stored was damage or was not flashed properly.
In your case I would recommend contacting the ASP technician and to ask the guys for processional BIOS flashing.

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i have updated my system from xp to vista. The type of my laptop ist Satellite A100-771 PSAA9E.
and when i am installing the update programm,which be download form the website, come this message out


i donnot know,where is the problem hier.( I have downloaded the right upgrade program for my laptop)

Can anybody help me?

thanks a lot.

Answer:Satellite A100-771 PSAA9E: ID ERR NOTINSTALLTVALZ MESSAGE appears


The ?advance search? is a very nice function. You know?. I used it and found this thread:

There you can find the same case and the solution!!

Seems the BIOS update is a key.
Have a nice day?

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Hello ,

I search for New drivers for my ATI radeon mobility 1400 because in the last date drivers is 13/09/07.


Answer:Need new ATI Radeon 1400 display driver for Satellite A100-788 PSAA9E


This seems to be a Toshiba European notebook series and therefore you should search on the Toshiba European driver page.

The newest ATI driver on the European driver page is a version fro Vista and v 8.292-038742C for Win XP

Unfortunately newer driver is not available


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I recently got a Satellite A100-912 (PSAA9E). Windows XP home was the preinstalled os. But when I installed Vista Ultimate, device manager is showing that one device is missing driver. Its properties show that it is located on PCI Bus 7, Device 6 and function 3.

I downloaded all listed drivers for the system from toshiba site. So, can any one tell me what device it is and where I can find the driver for it? All of the devices such as display, sound, modem, lan/wlan, card reader, finger print reader, multi media buttons, Super multi drive and touch-pad are working nicely.

Answer:Satellite A100-912 (PSAA9E) one device is missing after Vista installation

Hi buddy,

I really don?t know which device this is, but you can try for example a linux live cd. The live cd lists you at bootup a pci device list so you can find out which hardware is in your machine.

Alternatively you can search under google for "pci list Vista" and you maybe find some pci listing tools which can help you to get some information about thjat unknown hardware.


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I have a problem with installing official Toshiba Windows 7 x32 ATI x1600 driver.

After unpacking it should install.exe be executed, I believe, but it's not; nothing happens. Going to Setup.exe with manual install, then I don't see Catalyst Control Center & Display Driver in the list, just Catalyst install Manager & vcredist. After installation these components (CCC & DD) are not present.

Any ideas?

P.S. Same problem with official Toshiba Vista32 ATI x1600 driver.

Answer:Satellite A100 (PSAA9E) - Can't install display driver for Windows 7

Hi mate,

Have you already installed other drivers for the notebook? I mean the chipset driver, this driver must be installed first.
And are you sure that you have ATI display driver? Some Satellite A100 models were delivered with nVidia graphic card as far as I know.

By the way, what happens if you install the driver manual in device manager via advanced installation?

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A very good day,

I have a modest question regarding my notebook Satellite A100-773 Modell Nr. : PSAA9E-099039GR

I have now risen recently Windows 7 32bit - Professional and where am quite satisfied.

Now, however, I have the little problem that the card reader in the device no more work (no driver)

Does anyone possibly the same problem? You know someone from that? Can maybe someone will help me to solve the problem

I thank you in advance.

Best Regards

Answer:Satellite A100-773 PSAA9E - Win 7 card reader driver needed


I didn?t find the Win 7 driver for this unit but I would recommend installing the Vista driver since many Vista drivers can be installed on Win 7 operating system.

Go to Toshiba European driver page and choose your notebook model and Vista.
Then you should find the Flash Media Driver from Texas Instruments.
This is the driver for your Bridge Media Slot. This slot lets you insert either a SD card, Memory Stick (Pro) or xD picture card.

Check it out!

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I need some help with my laptop.
When I start my machine everything works but the display, it stays black.
When the XP OS starts I can hear sounds but the screen stays black.
I've tryed with external monitor, but nothing happens when I try to switch displays with fn+F5.
I quess it must be something wrong with the graphic card.

Thanks for any help,

Answer:Satellite A100 PSAA9E- XP sound starts, display is black

Hello Vasja

Please connect your notebook to external monitor or TFT display and check functionality.
If you can get good picture on external monitor then the notebook display is probably defective.

Please post us the result.

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...this may be a difficult question but i wil give it a shot....

i have a Toshiba Satellite A100 PSAA9E and a recovery disc set.
In the recovery disc for the OS ( win xp MCE ) there are two iso: PEbase.iso and the HDbase.iso.
After some digging in the ne i discovered what a preinstallation enivorment is and a prepared installation(sysprep) .

Now i'm wondering if it can be so simple to place the .tpa image of the Recovery disc in a partition and install it whit a pe that runs directly from that partition.

The only real obstacle is that there are some .inf and .sif that refear to the install partition statically and may be helpfull to know what was modified from the original version of xp MCE.

I know the question is not easy but i hope in the expertise of the admins

Answer:Re: How to create an instant recovery partition on Satellite A100 PSAA9E


> Now I?m wondering if it can be so simple to place the .tpa image of the Recovery disc in a partition and install it whit a pe that runs directly from that partition.

I doubt this will function? To be honest I never tested it therefore I cannot say exactly if it will work or not but in my opinion this is not possible?

Newer notebook model are equipped with HDD recovery option but this recovery works completely different. There is an additional menu which helps to start the HDD recovery procedure.

Your notebook supports Recovery Disk and this disk should be used to recover the notebook.

By the way; I?ve got a Norton Ghost Utility. I create my own image using this tool and placed it on the second partition. If something would go wrong with my OS I can restore the whole system using the ghost and the image file from the other partition.


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Yesterday I did a BIOS update on my Satellite A100-590 PSAA9E-03Z00QGR with the appropriate flash: =2&selFamily=2&selSeries=153&selProduct=624&langua ge=17&selOS=10&selType=all&yearupload=&monthupload =&dayupload=&useDate=null&mode=userMachines&search =&action=search&macId=&country=all&selectedLanguag e=17&type=all&page=1&ID=58477&OSID=-1&driverLanguage=42

After the flashing procedure the machine rebooted automatically, but unfortunately it now keeps hanging at the Thoshiba welcome screen. Also pressing F2 or F12 won't change anything. It seems like the BIOS is corrupt.

I saw, that in the BIOS package are delivered two flash files (s10gm590.rom and s10pm590.rom). But just executing the SanAntonion10 BIOS590MP.exe a .vbs script is started that decides automatically chooses and loads a flash file. Maybe it chose the wrong one?

What shall I do now? Is there a way to restore the BIOS, or do I have to send my notebook in?

Thanks in advance


Answer:Satellite A100-590 PSAA9E freezes on Toshiba welcome screen after BIOS update


sounds really serious. Unfortuntely I can just give you the only hint you will get from every user here in the forum:

Find the next nearest authorized service partner (you can find one by using this link: )
and bring your machine to them. By the way you should explain that guys what happened so they can do something for you.

Good luck buddy

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This model i have has a 250GB hdd installed, Could i take it out and say put a 320GB hdd in instead. Thanks for your help.

Answer:Satellite A300-1J1 - HDD upgrade to 320GB

Yes it could be possible to use a bigger HDD like a 320GB HDD.
The notebook supports a SATA controller so there shouldn?t be an problem!

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I recently bought a Toshiba Satellite Pro A200SE-1X6 laptop it came with 80GB hard drive and I want to upgrade to HDD to 320GB, is that possible?

On the back of the laptop I found a compartment for HDD2* for a second HDD.
I tried to open it by removing the screws but I couldn't remove the cover even after I have removed both screws, could someone help on how to remove the HDD2* cover?

Last question, what type of HDD I need to buy?
I thought it might be SATA!

Thanks a lot

Answer:HDD upgrade to 320GB on Satellite Pro A200SE-1X6


I?m not 100% sure if a 320GB HDD would run properly on your A200 Satellite and if the BIOS would recognize it without any big troubles.
Firstly try to test it somehow ?

Regarding the second HDD cover;
I?ve got an Equium A200 and the same second HDD bay is available on my notebook.
The plastic cover is secured ONLY with these two screws and after removing of these two screws you should be able to remove the HDD bay cover too.
I know it?s a little bit difficult but try to use a thin object and try to lever it.
But be careful!

Just one note;
Not all A200 supports the second HDD!!! But the second bay is always available.
Yes, this is a little bit confusing (i was confused too) but it seems that there are different models with different motherboards and therefore the second HDD controller is not available always.


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I have Satellite A100-011 notebook. And i want to upgrade its memory. It has 1GB DDR2 533 hz ram. My questions are as follows;
1-How many ram slots does it have?
2- Can i add 2GB DDR2 533 hz ram more, if yes , will it be 3GB total? Or shoud i replace 2gb with 1gb?
3- ?s it possible to use DDR3 rams or diffrent frequence like 800 hz?
4- Which mark i should use for upgrade? Kingston etc?
5- ?f i upgrade my notebook's memory, can i install windows7 32 bit (i have windows vista at the moment)

Thank you in advance

Answer:Satellite A100-011 - RAM upgrade


I?ll try to give you some answers:

# According notebook specification it has two RAM slots
# Your notebook can handle with 4 GB max so you can do whatever you want and it depends how many RAM you want to have inside. You can buy one RAM module with 2GB and have 3GB RAM. This should be enough to work with Vista or even Win7. Of course you can upgrade it to maximum and buy 2 X 2GB.
# it has no sence at all. If FSB speed of your mainboard is 53MHz why to use 800MHZ modules. Your notebook will not be faster due to RAMs with more MHz.
# Yes, Kingston produces high quality modules and using Kingston you should not have any compatibility issues.
# I don?t see any reason why you should not be able to install Win7 but before you do this visit Toshiba support page and check if your notebook model is supported for Win7.

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Hi all, looks like a good forum here! I'm looking for information on upgrading the processor on my Satellite A100-521.

The current main specs are:
Intel Celeron-M 360 (1.4Ghz, 400Mhz FSB)
2Gb of PC2-4300 RAM
60GB OCZ Vortex 2 SSD
Windows 7 (Runs fine, albeit without Aero)

So it's the CPU that's the weak link, verified by Windows Experience Index.

I've done some digging and it seems the chipset is the AMD Radeon Xpress 200m which is apparently compatible with some Pentium and Core 2 CPU's: http://en.wikipedia....s_200_for_Intel

Any ideas what I could upgrade to? Doesn't need to be very fast, just a bit quicker with everyday processes....


Answer:CPU Upgrade on Satellite A100-521


Usually the CPU upgrade is very tricky because of the BIOS compatibility.
Even if the chipset would be able to handle new CPU, the BIOS might cause some problems.
But nobody is able to say if notebook would run stable after such upgrade? if you want to be 100% sure, I would recommend choosing an CPU which was already used in the A100 series?
Otherwise it might be possible that new CPU would not be handled by BIOS properly.

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I am running out of memory on my A100-062 on the Vista (C) drive on my notebook (currently 62.6MB/37.1GB left!), however I have 32GB/35.9GB left on the Data (E) drive.

Is it possible to move itunes and my music library onto the D drive where there is more room? Or should I look at upgrading the hdd (internally or externally)

I am a complete novice when it comes to this so *_basic detailed explanations_* on what best to do would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Max1210

Answer:Satellite A100-062 - Upgrade the HDD

Before you buy a new HDD you should try to move the folder ?My documents? on the second partition. Also the mp3 files that you have.
I save my documents, photos, music and so far only on the second partition. On the first partition I install only the programs that I need.

If you want a new HDD it?s your choice if you take an internal or external HDD. On the external HDD you can save your data.

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Hi all, I'm considering upgrading RAM on my *SATELLITE A100-667* (PSAARE-02700DIT). Does anyone knows the maximum amount of ram I can install? Which clock is supported? (553, 667...)

And what about CPU? The notebook comes with an Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T5500 @ 1,66 GHz over Intel i945PM chipset.

Thank you in advance for any information.


Answer:Re: Satellite A100-667 - RAM and CPU upgrade


I think you should also check your user manual regarding RAM upgrades. As far as I know you can upgrade your notebook to 4GB RAM. Therefore you can use DDR2-533 modules. You buy it from an authorized service provider or Kingston modules also recommendable.

The CPU upgrade is not supported. The BIOS and mainboard are only tested with the preinstalled CPU.
Check also similar threads about this question.

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Hey all
I have a Satellite A100 - 746. And I want to extend its memory. But I cannot find its specification anywhere on the internet. Not even on Toshiba's website. Its just like that this model doesn't exist and I'm the only one to buy it.
I want to upgrade my RAM and I cannot find any information that up to what memory I can Upgrade, can I upgrade it to 4GB?
And should I use the memory in pairs? Like I have 2 x 512 MB RAM now. I want to remove one 512 MB and put 2GB instead. Will it work? Or I should use in pair?

Anyone who can help me please do, I'm so frustrated.
Thanks alot

Answer:RAM upgrade at Satellite A100- 746

You are right. This notebook model can handle with max 4 GB RAM. You must not use two identical RAM modules. According notebook specification you can use DDR2-533 1GB (PA3411U-2M1G) RAM module. Using two of them you will have fantastic 2 GB RAM and it is more than enough for WXP.

Unfortunately I was not able to find 2 GB RAM module for your notebook.
Do you use WXP or Vista?

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hi, can someone tell me if it is possible to upgrade the T2500 cpu in my A100 192 notebook to T7200 cpu, thanx

Answer:CPU upgrade on Satellite A100

Hello Helium

CPU upgrade is very often posted theme. About that you can read different comments but yesterday I have found very good posting written by swordbreaker. Check it please under

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I would like to upgrade the RAM of my Satellite A100-803, which actually uses PC2-533, to 4 Gb.

Can I upgrade to PC2-667?
Do I need Dual-Channel?
Any advises on which brand or best model to use?

If I'm not wrong and for what I could see around the internet, I should be able to upgrade to 4 Gb PC2-667, and Dual-Channel should not be needed. But an expert confirmation would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Best Regards.


Answer:I would like to upgrade the RAM of Satellite A100-803


Notebook supports Mobile Intel? 945GM Express Chipset.
This supports single-/dual-channel DDR2 SDRAM
Maximum Memory supported: up to 4 GB at 400, 533 and 667 MHz

So PC2-667 modules are supported

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I would like to upgrade the RAM for my A100-847 from my current 512 MB by adding another module for 512 MB but i face a compatibility problem because looking at the manual the only compatible modules are the following:
256 MB: PA3389U-1M25
512 MB: PA3412U-1M51
1 GB: PA3411U-1M1G
I tried looking for a module with these codes but I didn't find any in Romania. I could find a module from another manufacturer with the same specification but I don't know if these would function properly .
So I need some advice .



Answer:RAM upgrade for a Satellite A100-847


which manufacturer you have seen? If they have the same specs, then they should fit. The best decision would be to take some kingston or crucial modules. They were tested to work well with toshibas, so just consider buying some kingstons with the specs of the original toshiba modules and have fun with them.

In case of some further question just ask.


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I want to buy some RAM for my laptop Satellite A100-702. I think I can use the "Kingston 1GB SO-DIMM DDR2 PC2-5300", these exist with 2GB as well. So, my question is: Can I put 2 x 2GB RAM in my laptop so I have 4 GB in the end??? Thanks for your answers!


Answer:RAM upgrade at Satellite A100-702

Yes you can. According the notebook specification it can handle with 4 GB RAM.

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What CPU can be used to upgrade the Satellite A100-683. Currently the Intel Core Duo T2250 has been installed.

I would like to upgrade my CPU and memory.;

(1) What is the maximum CPU that is supported by the mainboard?
(2) What kind of CPU kan I use. Thinking about a Intel Core Due T7200 or T7600?
(3) What kind of memory can I use to upgrade to 4Gb?

Looking forward to any reply thagt is usefull!

Answer:Upgrade CPU for Satellite A100-683


I think since your machine is not anymore in warranty, you won?t get any problems or a revocation of some kind of warranty when opening your machine and doing some techie-like work on it. :)

1. It should be the Core2Duo T7600
2. Use the T7600
3. 2GB+2GB? ;) T
Seriously: Try to use DDR2 with a FSB frequency of 667Mhz.

Thats all, still some questions?


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I want to upgrade my hard drive but I am unsure if it?s an IDE or SATA. I?ve found software that gives me all laptop information and under the hard disk drive its got interface IDE SATA, so I am non the wiser the hard drive is a TOSHIBA MK6034GSX.

I have a Satellite A100-259 PSAA2E.

Many thanks.

Answer:HDD upgrade on my Satellite A100-259


According the notebook specification your notebook is delivered with 60GB HDD. Interface: Serial ATA Rev. 1.0a.

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I have recently tried to upgrade the existing 512 MB in my laptop with an additional 1n GB sourced from the internet.
Both chips work individually but when I try to boot on both installed the screen goes blank on boot but pc is running and making all the right sounds.
Any help would be great.

Satellitte Pro A100


Answer:RAM upgrade at Satellite Pro A100

That sound really strange dude? fact is that if a memory module would be not compatible or not supported then the notebook would not boot up.

But listen buddy; nothing is impossible. Maybe the both modules cannot run together and therefore this issue happens ?:|

Generally it?s advisable and recommended using both, identical memory modules.
In such case you can be 100% sure that both RAM?s would run together trouble free!

Check this !

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Im just wondering what can I upgrade the HDD to for my A100? The hard drive in now is a 120GB and its useless at this point because of an issue I had with it.
I was thinking of going with this one but I don't know about Toshiba's Hardware Upgrades policy. agate



Answer:Re: Satellite A100-172 - Can I upgrade the HDD?

That HDD will work in the A100. The only problem is that its 7200RPM, which can get very hot. 5400RPM might be a better solution.

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Hi @ all,
I want to upgrade my notebook with a new CPU and a new GPU.
In my notebook is a current a Intel T2050 CPU and GPU is an ATI X1400.
My Question is, can I build a bigger CPU and GPU in this book?

Greetz Yaku79

Answer:Satellite A100-718 Upgrade


since these components are "hard-wired" (which means they are soldered on the mainboard which makes it impossible to exchange them) in your system, you cannot upgrade it. The only way to gain some more performance is to stick some more RAM in it or to purchase a bigger and faster harddrive.

I would suggest you to check some hardwarestores (google is your friend) and check at least for one of the previously mentioned components (RAM, harddisk).


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I have a 478 Intel Celeron? Processor 2.80 GHz, 128K Cache, 400 MHz FSB cpu and wonder if i can put it in my Toshiba Satellite Pro A100 mainboard ati sb450.

If not what can i upgrade my cpu with, thanx

Answer:Satellite A100 - CPU upgrade


Take a look here:

Usually the CPU upgrade is not supported but some users here in the forum were able to upgrade the CPU.

You would have good chances with such upgrade using a CPU from the same family.
Furthermore you should check the chipset properties. It?s important that notebook?s chipset would support the new CPU. Otherwise you will not be able to use it.

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can i use 667 MHZ ram in my a100-692 and will it run in 667 MHZ or slow down to 533?

And can i upgrade my cpu (core duo 1.66ghz) to core 2 duo or core 2quad?

Answer:Upgrade a Satellite A100-692 with another RAM or CPU?

You can use 667Mhz in your machine but it will not run on 667Mhz because the FSB runs with only 533Mhz since these models are just clocked with 533Mhz due to mobile issues (powersaving, heat generation, etc,,)

And no, you cannot upgrade your CPU because the Bios does not support it, also the cooling system in your machine is specifically designed for a couple of CPU?s which were shipped only with the model series of your notebook.

By the way, if you really exchange the CPU you will loose your warranty.

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Hi All,

I own an A100-0FH laptop with the T2050 core duo processor @ 533MHz FSB. I plan to upgrade the CPU to a T2700 core duo @ 667MHz FSB. Does anyone have any information that would prove helpful before I go ahead and complete the upgrade? I have already upgraded the bios and the memory is maxed at 4GB - I just want to make sure the thing will work before I do it. HAs anyone done this upgrade in the past? WIll my cooer handle the extra heat?

Thanks for the input....

Answer:CPU Upgrade on Satellite A100-0FH

This Satellite notebook looks like an Canadian machine?.
Anyway, the CPU upgrade on notebook is very tricky and mostly not possible due to different reasons.
The higher performance and the higher temperature level could be the biggest trouble?

The T2700 2.33Ghz CPU is faster as a T2050 1.6MGhz CPU Core Duo and it produce more heat. So possibly the notebook would not run stable after the upgrade.

Check this Intel page:

So I would really not recommend upgrading the CPU on the notebook.

PS; don?t forget that you will lose the warranty if you would remove the covers and would open the notebook?

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i have a Toshiba Satelitte a100-768
is it possible to upgrade the cpu ?
i would buy a merom cpu, and install that one...
or is the cpu soldered to the motherboard ?!

kind regards

Answer:Satellite A100-768: Cpu upgrade?, watch this. may be helpful for you.sorry for my english.
edit : if the link dont work go to homepage and search for satellite

Message was edited by: fizzban

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The spec for the Satellite Pro A100-840 says the memory has a maximum of 4 GB of memory. But there does not seem to be any memory supplied by Toshiba which allows me to upgrade to 4 GB. It current has the default 1gn which was shipped when ordered. Anyone knows how to get from the 1 GB to 4 GB?

Many Thanks in advance of any help

Answer:RAM upgrade on Satellite Pro A100-840


I just wanted to check notebook specification but I was not able to find Satellite Pro A100-840. Can you please check notebook model and please send us notebook model number.

Anyway I really do not understand what your problem is. It seems to be that your notebook model can handle with max 4 GB RAM. According to your posting your notebook is delivered with 1 GB of RAM.

So if you want to use maximum RAM on your Satellite notebook you must buy 2X2 GB RAM module. As far as I know 2 GB RAM module are available and if you want to be sure about compatibility please check Kingston products.

Please check this Kingston Memory configurator

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Is it true that i can change my CPU on Satellite A100-906 ?! For example with Core2 Duo 2.16Ghz ?

Answer:Is it possible to upgrade the CPU of Satellite A100-906?

Hi buddy,

shortly I can say: no

And if you want to know why then read this post. It should answer almost all your questions.

Nice weekend and greetings

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I'm looking to upgrade from the bundled 1GB 533MHz to 4GB 667MHz - possible? The specification page does not agree with the user manual (4GB on spec., 2 x 1GB in manual).

I have a feeling it's ok, but since I'm grabbing this from the US and I'm in the UK I'd like to know before I enter into a returns nightmare.


Answer:Satellite A100-487 - 4GB RAM Upgrade Possible?

HI Scott,

As far as I can make out the A100-487 will accept up to 4Gb RAM (2 X 2Gb cards). Please check out the following link :-


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I945PM Chipset supports C2D T7200/400/600 processors according to Intel's site ( - compatible products),
but I cannot find any information on compatibility of the BIOS.

What processors are compatible with the latest BIOS version for A100?

Answer:Upgrade of CPU in Satellite A100


Such informations are not available on the Toshiba page.
But there are different A100 with different hardware components.
You can check some A100 with different CPUs and then you will know what CPUs would be supported for sure.

But there is a still small kind of risk for all other CPUs. So you will need simply test this?
But note; stronger CPUs could affect the notebook functionality due to higher heat dissipation.

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I was wondering if it is possible to upgrade the graphics in the Toshibe Satellite A100-163. In the specifications on this website, it states that it is connected by the new PCI Express x16 bus, does this mean that it is infact a seperate graphics card in my laptop that at a later date I would be able to upgrade?
Thank you for your help,

Answer:Graphics upgrade for a Satellite A100-163

Well, the unit was delivered with a ATI MOBILITY RADEON X1400 128MB.
But generally it's not possible to upgrade the graphic card on the notebook.
The graphic cards on the notebooks are simply different as the cards in the desktop PCs.

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Ii have a Satellite A100-165 (PSAA9E-00V00HFR)
Does it accept SO-DIMM of 2GB?

Answer:RAM upgrade question for Satellite A100-165

why i cant view this thread??

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hello all and happy new year .

First of all , sorry for my bad english .

I bought a Satellite A100-386 few years ago and i'm really satisfied, but my hard disk drive is down .
So i wanted to know if i could put a 2,5'' S-ATA II Hard drive in, like this.

because when i see satellite features, they mention a hard disk with only S-ATA .
Is there any compatibility ?

Thank you for answer :)

Bye bye

Answer:Satellite A100-386 - HDD upgrade question


Yes, I think this should be possible.
The A100 supports SATA HDDs controller and theoretically you could use any 2.5? SATA HDD.


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Hi Toshiba,

I have an old *Satellite Pro A100* _PSAAAE-type_ and i would like to upgrade the CPU. I've seen that the socket is 479, and i've found that it exists Core 2 Duo on this socket. The chipset 945GM supports Core 2 Duo, but i don't know if the BIOS of my laptop supports these CPU.

Can anyone confirm or not ?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Satellite Pro A100-PSAAAE CPU upgrade


Generally speaking, the CPU upgrade is not recommended.
Of course you can use the CPUs which are supported by chipset but the BIOS compatibility is other story. Nobody can say if your notebook would run stable after such upgrade due to the higher heat dissipation.

But I read in this forum that some guys have upgraded the CPU and the notebook still run?

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Hi All,
I Have a satellite A100-583 which currently has 1gb of ram and want to know what is the largest that it can be upgraded to and is it worth doing,Also does it have to be replaced with 533ddr2 or can it be replaced with 667 and is that a better upgrade ?
Can you also tell me what is SODIMM and if this make a difference ?

Answer:Satellite A100 memory upgrade


the machine can be upgraded to a maximum of 4GB of main memory, and if it´s worthy can by no one be answered, but only by yourself.

Do you really need it? I think the best would be that you upgrade to 2GB since you´re not a graphics designer which has larger pictures (which can be some gigabytes tall :) ).

As a normal user under vista/XP you only need 2GB. You won´t even recognize the jump from 1GB to 2GB of RAM or more.

Regarding the modules FSB frequency: it doesn´t matter which frequency you use, you really won´t gain any performance when using the 667mhz modules, so just obtain a fine pair of 2x2GB sticks with 533Mhz and just enjoy the "speed".

Here´s a little explanation for S0-DIMM:

have fun ;)


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i have a Toshiba Satelite A100-200 i want to upgrade to 4 gb.
I'm thinking of installing 2x 2GB kingston kvr667d2s5/2g 667mhz pc 5300 ddr2.

Every time i do a check on websites it tells me to install PC24200 ddr2 533.
Will the above work the same as the 4200 ddr2 533hz as the ones i want to put in are a lot cheaper.

Will both sets of ram pergorm exactly the same as long as they are paired.


Answer:Satellite A100-200 RAM upgrade question


Everything depends on your FSB (front side bus).
If the FSB supports 667Mhz then the inserted PC5300 667Mhz modules will run with full performance (667Mhz).

But if the FSB supports only 533Mhz then the RAM modules will run only at 533Mhz even you would use the faster modules (PC5300)

So what you should do is to check the FSB value. You can install a hardware diagnostic tool (i.e Everest home edition) in order to check the FSB.


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Help me with upgrade memory on TOSHIBA Satellite A100-250 up to 1024 mb.

I want to buy another slat of memory ddr2-533 512 mb, what exactly model am I necessary to search, that they worked in a pair.

Sorry for bad english. From Russia with Love.
PS. I like drink russian vodka :)

Answer:Need help with memory upgrade on Satellite A100-250


Your notebook can be upgraded up to 2 GB and compatible RAM is DDR2-400/533 1GB (PA3411U-1M1G).

Use this part number in Google and you will find it.

Bye and don?t drink too much Vodka. ;)

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Satellite A100-523. Why can I only increase my memory to 1536MB & not 2048MB as stated in product scan?
The laptop will not fire up on 2048MB.

Answer:Satellite A100 and memory upgrade

Has your notebook shared memory graphic card?

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I'm the owner of a Satellite A100-991. Thanks to Toshiba, I have upgraded from XP MCE to Vista Home Premium at low cost.

Now I would like to upgrade to Windows 7, but I don't know which version of Windows 7 I have to buy.

Did Toshiba offers special "Vista to Windows 7" offers for older Notebooks ?
Otherwise, which kind Windows 7 do I have to buy at Microsoft ? Is this one compatible with my current OS ?

Thank you,

Answer:Satellite A100-991- Upgrade to Windows 7

At the moment there is no info which notebook models will be supported for new Windows 7 operating system.
To be honest I think your notebook is pretty old and it will not be supported for Windows 7.
You can buy it but without right drivers, tools and utilities you will not have configured OS as with supported WXP or Vista.

Maybe you should wait few weeks until support starts and you will see how it will works with Satellite A100.

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Hi there,

I want to install Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2007 onto my laptop (Satellite A100-201). I ran the Windows Upgrade Tool which told me that my Toshiba Configfree (version 5.90.07) would have to be uninstalled before update and would not be able to be reinstalled after installation of Windows 7...what is the Configfree, do I require it for my laptop to do anything "special"?

Thanks in advance for your help

Answer:Satellite A100-201 and Win7 upgrade

You dont need ConfigFree, its just an optional networking utility that configures network settings.

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Hi all,

I have a Satellite Pro A100 PSAACE that I want to upgrade. I currently have 1GB of RAM in two 512MB modules. I looked on and it said I need DDR2-PC2 4200 (240 pin DIMM) modules, but they of course want to sell their own stuff that only comes in 1GB modules.
So what is the maximum amount of RAM my comp can take? I would like to have more than 2GB in order to make my paging file smaller. Is 2GB the maximum I can put in?

Answer:Question about RAM Upgrade on Satellite Pro A100

Your machine should be able to take 4 GB of RAM (but read first this article about the 4GB limit on 32Bit systems -> ) but I would suggest you to upgrade only to 2GB since you won?t recognize personally more than 2GB when you?re working with your machine.

So, if you want you can also upgrade to 4GB but only 3GB would be available for work (4GB limit !! ).


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Anyone can help?
I've got laptop Toshiba Satellite A100-451 with geForce go 7600 dedicated video card (DDR Video RAM 128 MB
connected bus : 16x PCI Express).
Is it possible to upgrade my graphics?

Answer:Satellite A100-451 graphics upgrade?

No, the graphic card cannot be upgraded because it?s fixed, soldered on the motherboard!
Something like that is definitely not possible!

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I have a Satellite A100-003 (PSAARE) with Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit installed and 3GB RAM 667MHz.
I want to upgrade my hdd. But I am not sure which model is the most suitable for my computer.

There are two options: 7200 rpm or 5400 rpm HDD.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of these type of HDDs?

If I buy a 7200 rpm HDD, will I have a problem with heat and noise?
If you can give me some HDD model names which you suggest, it will be better for me.


Answer:Satellite A100-003 (PSAARE) - HDD Upgrade Help

> There are two options: 7200 rpm or 5400 rpm HDD.
> What are the advantages and disadvantages of these type of HDDs?
The 7200rpm HDD is faster than the or 5400 rpm HDD. This helps to read and write the data faster on the HDD but to be honest; in most cases this difference is not noticeable?

> If I buy a 7200 rpm HDD, will I have a problem with heat and noise?
No, usually you should not get any problems? both type of HDD are compatible with notebooks?

> If you can give me some HDD model names which you suggest, it will be better for me.
To be honest you can use any 2.5? SATA HDD. The SATA controller is not limited to an HDD capacity so you can take any HDD of your choice?

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Was just wondering whether I was able to upgrade my current ram in my Satellite A100 laptop and if so how much?

It is a Satellite A100 (PSAARA) with 2 GB RAM currently.

Processor: intel(R) core (TM)2 CPU [email protected] 1.60 GHZ 1.60 GHz

Running 32-bit Vista.

What kind of RAM upgrade could I get on this system? And what pin number would it be?
And I know this may be a shot in the dark but is it possible to upgrade the graphics card at all?

Sorry am new to idea what I am doing so if you could help I would appreciate it!


Answer:Satellite A100 (PSAARA) - possible RAM upgrade?

> And I know this may be a shot in the dark but is it possible to upgrade the graphics card at all?
No, graphic card cannot be upgraded?

> It is a Satellite A100 (PSAARA) with 2 GB RAM currently. What kind of RAM upgrade could I get on this system? And what pin number would it be?

I think the notebook use the DDR2 533MHz (PC2-4200) 200-PIN SODIMM modules but as far as I know the 2GB RAM is max and this would mean that it?s not possible to upgrade it to 4GB or higher?

But to be 100% sure you should check your user manual ?.

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My laptop has the original 1GB memory and I want to upgrade it to 2 GB.

I have identified the 2 x 1GB Memory PC2 DDR2 (667MHz) modules that I need but am confused whether I should choose module type PA3512U-1M1G or PA3512S-1M1G.

Both of these parts are available as Toshiba parts,, but Kingston only lists PA3512U-1M1G as correct for my laptop (A100-02M).
Are both parts compatible with the laptop and is one better than the other ?

The Toshiba price of the "U" part is listed ?14.20 and the "S "part at ?16.54 each.

TIA for info.

Answer:Upgrade memory for Satellite A100-02M

I presume Toshiba has better info about compatibility and according the notebook specification you can use both of them. Now it is your choice.

Kingston is also good place to buy RAMs. They offer always high quality products.

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I want to be as sure as I can be, I have already bought memory from Crucial - it doesn't I want to be sure I get it right next time.

Satellite A100-232, currently has 512 Mb - I believe I can go up to 2 Gb and understand that 2 x 1 GB is better than 1 x 2GB - is this true ?

Next - WHICH?? memory - based on a search on their website I bought 2 x 1GB sticks from Crucial, they advised DDR2 PC2 5300 and it did not work. Despite repeated emails they insist that these sticks are the 'replacement' for DDR2 PC2 4200 (which is now strongly indicated to me from my recent research as the correct memory - part # PA3411U -1M1G).

If I now buy 2 x 1 Gb - DDR2 PC2 4200 (from a different supplier of course) will I be doing the right thing ?????????? Assuming the new memory works, I'll be getting in touch with Crucial for some money (of course).

Answer:Re: Satellite A100-232 Memory upgrade

>Satellite A100-232, currently has 512 Mb - I believe I can go up to 2 Gb and understand that 2 x 1 GB is better than 1 x 2GB - is this true ?

You can upgrade the RAM up to 2GB and usually you should use 2 x 1GB RAM 533Mhz.
In my case one big module was not recognized. I had to use 2 x 1GB RAM? but I don?t have this model.

I recommend using brand name modules; Kingston is good and provides good quality modules.
Different manufacturers provide cheaper modules but the performance and the quality is not really good.

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I own a Satellite a100-912 and I want to upgrade its memory!
As it seems, this model supports only PC2-4200 DDR2 SODIMM modules (533 Mhz). Before bying a memory module that might regret, I want to know if there will be any compatibility issues if I use to this laptop PC2-6400 DDR2 SODIMM module (800 Mhz).

Is it going to work even at lower clock speed (533 Mhz) or is it going to be a total waste of money?

Answer:Memory upgrade on a Satellite A100-912

As far as I know the FSB is able to handle 667Mhz modules.
You can use lower modules (533Mhz) without any problems but modules with higher Mhz will not run with full speed due to the limited FSB.

So I don?t recommend buying 800Mhz modules. Firstly they are not supported and secondly it?s waste of money!

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New to this. Doh. Put a 'Legend' 1GB memory upgrade (alongside the existing 500MB) into my A100 which was behaving slowly. Nothing seems to happen - in fact seems even slower. THe new memory does't show up under control panel - System....Should it? Do I have to do anything else to set it up and get it working apart from slotting it in?

Thanks for any advice,

Answer:Memory upgrade to Satellite A100

Someone has recommended that the Laptop will not recognise two different sized memories in at the same time and that I should try the 1 GB by itself and remove the old 512. Could this be the case?


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I want to know if can i upgrade my Satellite a100-405 with a fujitsu hdd 7200 sata-II

The original one is FUJITSU MHV2160BT sata 150 mb/s acording to Everest software.

Answer:Satellite A100-405 - Upgrade of HDD 7200 rpm

SATA controller is downward compatible and therefore it should not be a big problem to use the SATA II HDD in connection with SATA I (150Mb/s) HDD.

But of course the SATA II HDD will not reach the full performance and the speed will be slowed down du to SATA controller limitation.

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I am a complete noob, so please forgive my dumb question!

I would like to replace the HDD from my laptop, is there any combatibilty issues that I should be aware of, or should it just be a case of getting a 2.5" HDD?

Is it easy to buy an external one, and to use the internal drive from the inside the enclosure?

This seems to be the best value way of doing it. Any specific recommendations?

Answer:Satellite Pro A100-830 - HDD upgrade questions

Hi magicmat,

Usually HDD upgrade is not complicated and therefore you have only to remove the HDD cover on bottom side on your notebook to replace the HDD.

Satellite Pro A100 already uses HDDs with SATA interface so you need such an HDD. Furthermore I would recommend a model with 5400rpm because it?s fast enough and doesn?t much power.

So that?s all what you must know about upgrade. Theoretically you can use the old HDD as external one with a external HDD case. Also no problem. :)

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I have a Toshiba Satellite A100-803 laptop at the moment. There is an Intel Core 2 Duo T5200 cpu in it and it is a bit slow. It also doesn't support VT-x extensions.

My idea is to build a simple hobby-server which should run Gentoo with Xen on it. I can buy an Intel Core 2 Duo T7600, but there are two things I would like to know.

1. Does the bios support the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600?
2. If it does support the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600, is there any way to use the VT-x extensions?

Answer:Re: Satellite A100-803 - CPU Upgrade question

>1. Does the bios support the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600?
This is not known to me but you should check if the chipset would support the the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600. If the chipset does not support this CPU then you cannot use this CPU in your A100. but if the chipset would support the new CPU then you?ve good chances to use this part.

>2. If it does support the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600, is there any way to use the VT-x extensions?
Hmm? this is a good question; as far as I know the BIOS needs to support the VT-x feature in order to use this? of course the CPU should support this too? so I think that the VT-x should be available if the upgrade to Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 would be successful?

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I'm using Satellite A100-847 (PSAA9E) for almost two years now. 2 year warranty period be over in month, so I guees it is good time for an upgrade. I could use more RAM and a faster HDD (for CAD purposes mostly when I'm on the run) so I would like to know more about it.

*What I already found out is that my notebook:*
(please say if I'm wrong with something)

1) ...Can take 2 modules of So-DIMM DDR2; max 4GB; which means 2X2GB. I already have 2X512GB, and this is not enough.
- The question is which DDR2 memory!? The FSB is running on 667 MHz, so I guess I should buy PC-5300/667 or even 6400/800?
- Which is the best memory for my notebook? The one which doesn't heat up a lot!? Which model is cool enough?

2) ...Has a Hitachi Travelstar 5K100, 2.5", 5400RPM, 8MB cache, 100GB SATA drive. Capacity is enough for me, but it is way too slow. So I guess I should for a 7200RPM 16MB cache drive.
- The question here is does my notebook support SATA2 or is it just SATA1? Which shlould I buy?
- Does my notebook support 7200RPM drive?
- Will my notebook overheat with this drive?

3) ...Could have a more efficient cooling system. Is there any solution to this?

Thank you in advance,

Answer:Satellite A100-847 - upgrade advice


Googling around I?ve found follow information:

The computer has two SO DIMMs slot comes standard with DDRII 4200 module. It
supports PC2-4200 and uses SO DIMMs (DDRII SDRAM) driven at 1.8 V, accepting
BTO/CTO for your memory requirements. It can incorporate up to 4 GB of main
Using the following sizes of memory modules:
256 MB (16M?16?8P)/533/667 MHZ
512 MB (32M?16?8P)/533/667 MHZ
1024 MB (64Mx16x8P)/533/667 MHZ

If you want to use maximum RAM you must use two 2 GB. Toshiba recommends using
2 x 2 GB PA3513U-1M2G DDR2 RAM. Alternative to this RAM module are high quality Kingston memory modules.

About HDD I can say follow:
The HDD interface conforming to Serial ATA (for 40/60/80/100/120 GB).
The computer accommodates one 2.5-inch HDD with any of the following storage capacities:
40 GB (9.5 mm thick) SATA (5,400rpm)
60 GB (9.5 mm thick) SATA (5,400rpm/7200rpm)
80 GB (9.5 mm thick) SATA (5,400rpm/7200rpm)
100 GB (9.5 mm thick) SATA (5,400rpm/7200rpm)
120 GB (9.5 mm thick) SATA (5400rpm)

As far as I know SATA2 is backward compatible and theoretically you can use it but I am not sure about that. If I were you I would by SATA1 HDD.
As you can see Toshiba has tested 7200rpm HDDs with this notebook model and you can use it too.
Overheat maybe not but I can imagine that plastic cover will be warmer than before. Be just sure the notebook is placed properly and nothing blocks cooling fan.

More efficient cooling system? I don?t know wha... Read more

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Would my laptop support [WD Scorpio Bule 500GB|] ?

Answer:Satellite A100-599 - HDD upgrade question


I think it should be possible because the notebook supports SATA 2.5? HDD.
Therefore you can use nearly all 2.5? SATA HDDs.


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Just got an A100-596 laptop & keeps locking up on me. I think I need to upgrade the memory as it only has 512MB.

Question is what sort do I need? I know it DDR2 RAM (533MHz) but what voltage. The Toshiba website info doesn't help much & Crucial's system scanner doesn't list the laptop model.



Answer:Satellite A100-596 - I need to upgrade memory

The voltage is not very important.
You can use the DDR2 533MHz (PC2-4200) 200-PIN SODIMM modules

The notebook supports the FSB 533Mhz and therefore it does not make sense to upgrade the memory with a 667Mhz modules.

So take the PC2-4200 200-PIN SODIMM and you are on the safe side ;)

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I wold like to upgrade my laptop memory from 1gb to 4gb. I got the Satellite A100-467.

What is the best memory for me?? I will get the Win7 32bit OS

Can I use this (SO-DIMM DDR2 SDRAM SEC (PC6400,* 800MGz*, CL6) or only 533?

Thannks for the help

Answer:Memory upgrade on Satellite A100-467

FSB speed on mainboard is 533 MHz and compatible modules are DDR2-533 but you can use DDR2-667 RAMs. 2 GB RAM has part number PA3513U-1M2G.

More info about compatible RAMs you can find on KINGSTON page.
Check it out.

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I currently have a Satellite A100 with a Centrino Duo T2400 (1.83GHz) CPU inside of it. I was thinking of upgrading the CPU within the system, and was wondering what options do I have available?

I am thinking of going to a Core2Duo processor as well as upgrading the RAM to 2GB (Vista Ultimate is a little sluggish when a lot of applications are running hence wanting to upgrade both CPU & RAM).

Upgrading the processor isn't a problem to me (and I am not worried about voiding the warranty as the price of the notebooks has come down drastically that buying a replacement would be less of a hassle than sending the machine back to Toshiba).

Thanks in advance

PS. Vista runs perfectly fine on the A100 with full Aero tirned on with the Mobility X1400 module as supplied.

Answer:CPU Upgrade on Satellite A100 (PSAAA9)


at first I have to say, I don?t understand such people which are trying to change core components of a NOTEBOOK. It?s not a desktop! ;)
Why you?re then buying such machine? Why you don?t buy a machine with a Core2Duo cpu? Maybe you then don?t have to risk the revocation of your warranty. So, it?s not my problem but I just wanted to tell you.

On the technical side (now we?re coming to my thing :) ) upgrading your machine will not be possible in that manner which you expect.
So if you?re familiar with chipset specs, then you should know that the intel 945GM chipset which is embedded in that machine-series, is just specified to handle pure mobile cpu?s, so the centrino duo is a pure mobile cpu.

And what you think is the core 2 duo? It?s not a mobile cpu and it?s not possible to handle a core2duo with this chipset. Maybe a CoreDuo..
Just a little reminder: centrino duo has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the Core2Duo architecture!!!

Did you even think about the heat dissipation? How would a cooling system which was designed for a centrino duo handle a Core2Duo with a absolutely different waste heat??

I recommend you to upgrade your RAM and not installing useless Software which is breaking the performance of your machine so you won?t have to void your warranty...

I wish you a nice weekend and good luck in upgrading your machine

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Can I expend my memory up to 4 gigabyte?

Kingston DDR 2048MB 667MHz DDR2-667 * 2

Answer:Satellite A100-036 - is memory upgrade to 4GB possible?

Yes you can upgrade it up to 4 GB.
The right Kingston modules list you can find = Here

Good luck!

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Hi all

I have some questions.
I have a Satellite A100-495 with 2GB Ram, Core2Duo (2 x 1,83 GHz; T5600) and a NVIDIA Geforce 7600go.
I want to upgrade the CPU and GPU. Is it possible?
I do not want to make it. I search a shop (if its possible in Germany) that can do this.

If its possible, what it costs? And which shop can i contact?

If its not possible -> why?! It is fixed ; It get too warm?

Which alternative do I have? I dont want buy a new Notebook.

Kind regards

Answer:Satellite A100-495 (PSAA9) - CPU and GPU upgrade

CPU and GPU upgrade on mobile computers is either pretty complicated or not possible. At first I must say that GPU is part of mainboard and graphic card cannot be upgraded at all.

What to say about CPU upgrade? Toshiba Authorized service providers will not do this and CPU upgrade is not supported at all. Few people on this forum have reported about CPU upgrade but for me the risk is too high. All hardware components are adapted to work well together and also reduce risk of hardware damage. The BIOS is also adapted for specific hardware configuration. The values for cooling fans are also tested and there is no risk of overheating.

Changing CPU you will not get more powerful notebook. The modern CPUs are powerful enough and few more MHz will not make more difference. What you can do is to upgrade RAM to the maximum level - 4 GB. That?s all what you should do and your notebook will run much faster.

Pay also attention about OS configuration. This will also help to make your notebook faster than before.

By the way: for which operations you need more power? What you want to do with your notebook?

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I have a Satellite A100 (PSAA9A-0CU004), which came with an 80GB hard drive.
Would anyone know the max disk capacity this notebook can handle, as I would like to upgrade to a larger drive.


Answer:Hard disk upgrade on Satellite A100

As far as I know the Satellite A100 has already a HDD with SATA interface.

On the SATA interface there is no capacity limit so you can buy every HDD with SATA interface what you want.
The new HDD should have SATA and 2.5?.

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i have a A100 mit Intel T2300 (FSB667) an 2x512MB RAM (@ FSB553).
I want to upgrade to 2x1GB FSB667 (

Is this possible? Are there any known problems with modules from MDT?
I think, beside the benefit of 1GB more RAM, there should be a increase because of the equal FSB - is this right? Even the timings of the MDT-RAM are not that bad (for FSB667-modules).

Thanks in advance

Answer:Want upgrade 2x1GB FSB667 RAM von Satellite A100


If notebooks FSB supports 667MHz, the memory modules 667Mhz should be compatible and should run ok.

I have no experience with the MDT memory modules because my favor the Kingston modules.

Anyway, it?s your choice what you want to use? but generally the performance of brand name modules is much better as the performance of no-name modules.

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Is it possible to upgrade the Graphic card on the A100-033 ?
I am not sure if the PCI slot on the side will accept a seperate Graphic card ?

Answer:Satellite A100-033: Is it possible to upgrade the Graphic card

Hi George

It?s definitely not possible to upgrade the graphic card. The notebook technology is a little bit different and you should not compare it with the common PC desktop.
The GPU is fixed and not removable.

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Hello everybody

I have a question. I have a Satelite A100 with 7300go graphic card and I want to change it to another one. Is it possible ?

Answer:Graphic Card upgrade on Satellite A100


The answer is no. unfortunately it is not possible to exchange graphic card. Graphic card is part of mainborad and can not be removed separately.

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I have A100-599. I want to upgrade video cart. Which video carts avaliable and where can I get?

Answer:Satellite A100-599 - video cart upgrade

Sorry but you cannot upgrade video card. You have notebook with limited upgrade possibilities and not the desktop.

Please check -

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I would like to know if are any possible to upgrade my graphic card to a some other one like a GeForce 8600GT or a M. Radeon HD2600, something like that, with the DirectX10.

Thanks for any help.

Answer:Graphic card upgrade on Satellite A100-215

Hi friend,

unfortunately there is no chance to upgrade the graphics card of your machine because the graphics unit (or graphics chip) is soldered ("hardwired") on the mainboard.
This whole system was aligned together with this chip and there is no way to exchange or upgrade your graphics subsystem.
If you want better graphics and a more powerful graphics chipset then you will have to purchase another computer with a better graphics card.

Thats all. Sorry dude.


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