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Stylus stops working - Portege M200

Question: Stylus stops working - Portege M200

I have Portege M200. The stylus stops working after a few minutes' use. WindowsXP event log shows system error against the driver. When I reboot it starts working again.

The touchpad continues to work OK.

Drivers have been updated.
Any ideas?

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Answer: Stylus stops working - Portege M200


Special Toshiba software is responsible for the usage of the tablet pen on the M200.
I your case it seems like a software malfunction. In my opinion you should try to remove this software from the OS and after rebooting try to install it again.
I think this procedure should solve this issue.

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I was wondering if you *have* to use the original stylus on a Portege M200 or if you can use any stylus. I read something about the included stylus having a magnetic tip, so I'm not sure wether the touchscreen on a tablet PC is basically the same as a touchscreen on let's say any PDA or a Nintendo DS.

I'm asking because I'm about to buy a second hand M200 but it doesn't include the original stylus. Thanks in advance!

Answer:Do I need original stylus on Portege M200?

Usually you should use the same, compatible part with your notebook.
Fact is that an Port?g? M200 stylus supports two different buttons;

_Pen button_ ? acts as the clicking of the tight touch pad control button.

_Eraser button_ ? You can use this button as an eraser when using the application software for graphic. The application software for texts enables you to select and delete characters with one-touch action.

So if you think you don?t need these two buttons then you can use another stylus.


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I have problem with pen.
pen not writing on screen.
please help

Answer:Portege M200: Pen stops writing on the screen

Could you provide more details?
Did you change something? What screen mode do you use?

Did you check the Pen-settings in the ?Tablet & pen Settings? in the control panel??
The settings are placed in the last tab called ?Pen Options?

Check it.

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I recently tried installing VM Player on my Toshiba M200. When I rebooted my machine I found my network connections did not work. I tried to uninstall the VM Player but it failed half way. As the program had created a number of virtual network connections which I could not delete I went into the registry and delete 20 or so entries I thought where related.

I rebooted and found my HID Keyboard and Wireless devices not functioning. So I began using the softward ketyboard to try and fix the problem. I was able to reboot and login using the software keyboard until I did a restore to last normal boot setting. At which point, instead of getting my login window I get a message box asking me to press Ctrl-Alt-Del. When I do so using the software keyboard I get another window saying because of security I should press the Windows Security Key instead of the Ctrl-Alt-Del. When I press the Windows Security Key Button on the bottom right side of the screen nothing happens.

What can I do. I have also tried attaching a USB CD drive (Philips) but cannot get the notebook to boot from it. I get an error message (so I have got it looking for CD boot drives) saying the notebook cannot find the drive. The CD lights up during bootup but only for a sec.

I am desperate so please let me know what options I have or what I can do about this. The physical keyboard works during the bootup until the Windows first booting screen appears. No Caps lock or such working by the time I get to the ... Read more

Answer:Portege M200 - Keyboard is not working and I can't boot from CD/DVD


A long story about your issue... I think the reason of this is why you have deleted some registry keys. If you delete something in the Windows registry you should really know what you do. You can damage the complete Windows system!
So I think this is the reason why the keyboard doesn?t anymore.

In the user manual I have founded that the CD-ROM booting option is only available with optional optical disk drive.
So for me it sounds like that your USB CD drive is not compatible to the notebook?

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I have a new Port?g? M200.
The sound works perfect and I can control it through the software volume control (e.g. in control panels, task bar, ...)
But the hardware volume control (rotary switch at front edge) doesn't work. I have checked all the manuals, control panels (Volume, SoundMAX, ...) but can't find anything.

What is wrong?

Answer:Hardware Volume Control not working on Portege M200

Hi Marc

It is obviously hardware defect. As far as I know there is no setting for volume control dial button at front side of the Portege. This button can not be enabled or disabled. I don?t know how old is your unit but I assume that the warranty is still valid. Contact service partner and let them check the unit. Valid warranty will cover all costs.


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We've bought one of these machines but have had to install our own special tablet PC build in order to conform with our company security specifications. Now the Brightness controls F6 and F7 dont work.

Can someone tells me which Toshiba utilities I need to download and install in order to get this working.



Answer:Portege M200 tablet - Screen Brightness Controls F6/F7 not working

Hello Laurence

In my experience you need the Hotkey Utility for Display Devices. The newest version is v2.6.0.000. You can find this tool on the Toshiba website.
Please take a look at this site:

Please check this and then post the result


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After being prompted to do so, I recently updated Windows XP of both my Portege m400 and m200 notebooks.
Since then I noticed that hotkeys i.e. Fn+F1-F12 stopped working.
Apart from windows updates, I don't use and change much on the m200 so I'm convinced that this has to do with the Xp updates.

Can anybody help me restore the m200 and m400 hotkeys?

Answer:Hotkeys stopped working on Portege M200 and M400 after Win XP update


Try to reinstall the Common Modules for Win XP tabled edition.

The common modules for Poretege you will find on the Toshiba European driver page:
Notebook -> Portege -> Portege M series -> Portege M400

The Common Modules for Portege can be found in
*ARCHIVE* -> Portege -> Portege M series -> Portege M200


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my stylus on my portege isn't working in parts of the screen the parts change and are sometimes not there.
This happened after replacing the screen but not straight away.

Answer:Portege 3500 stylus not working in parts of the screen

Maybe your chance to fix this will be to give the Machine to a local Toshiba servicepartner, because this sounds like a problem of your hardware, that you cannot fix without good knowledge about that machine.


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First Line on the picture is what I get written and second line is what I wanted to be written.What I did so far:Win10 all Updates, new batterie AAA, new wacom driver sp74149 and sp75386, support did send me a new stylus pen. Now I need a good hint. What is wrong?Can you help me?Jean-Luc

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Download the Bamboo Fun v5.05-7 driver from the Wacom support site. When I started having this same problem, I noticed there were device managerand other bread crumbs saying that the tablet was a Wacom part. I contactedWacom support. They told me the X61 tablet was an OEM variant of the BambooFun tablet and that this driver will work. I did the download. Installed the driver. Presto! My tablet works again. I don't know the cause of this trouble. I suspect either a WinXP update ora ThinkVantage update, but there are no clues to what really happened.Over the years, I've needed to re-install drivers for pointing devices,cameras and all sorts of things from time to time. I'm not surprised,but wish there was a Lenovo driver file or a Wacom "X61 tablet driver" file. ~~~ Dan 0;-D

Answer:FOUND: fix/work-around -- X61 stylus stops working

Thanks for the feedback on this Dan!

-----------------------------------Tim SupplesLenovo Social MediaGot a question? Don't PM me, post it on the forum!Lenovo BlogsX60 Tablet SXGA+ primary, Z61p fully loaded workhorse

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Hello, My stylus is working perfectly while the screen is upright (normal position) but as soon as I try to rotate the screen and turn it into the notepad, it stops working. Any help is much appreciated.

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If I write with my HP Active Stylus, the pen stops drawing sometimes for just a second, then works again, then stops drawing...What I did so far:Win10 all Updates, new batterie AAA, new wacom driver sp74149 and sp75386, support did send me a new stylus pen. Still the same problem. What is wrong?Can you help me?Jean-Luc

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I just got a brand new Yoga 12, and it has the integrated stylus in the laptop. When i first set it up, I was able to use the stylus to hand write in a program like one note. Let's say I close my laptop, and walk to a different room, when I open it back up from sleep mode, touch screen still works, but the computer doesn't respond at all to the stylus. No handwriting support, no touch support with the pen, only my capactive fingers. I find this very odd, and it works when I restart, but this seems to be a common issue with my peers who have Yoga 12's as well. Is there a fix for this? my wacom drivers are up to date, not sure if I should buy another stylus if this issue is recurring or not.


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Answer:Yoga 12 Stylus/Digitizer Randomly stops working

Lenovo has investigated customer reports of sporiadic touch functionality on Yoga 12 laptops.
Based on your description, I recommend calling Lenovo Service for support.
Thank you,

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Hello to all

I got a stylus for my Portege Z10T-A (PT141E) purchased, original from Toshiba (pen PA5133U 1EUC).
With my Z10 no stylus was at the time of purchase, which didn't bother me...
Now I wanted to try it but once.

But he is not recognized by the system.

My Z10 works as far as trouble-free until the chop my towel in the display at does.

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I cannot seem to find a way to customise the 4 stylus buttons on the M200 tablet so they can run the shortcuts I choose. The buttons I am referring to are on the right hand side of the screen.

Is this feature available? I can't seem to find it under stylus and tablet settings?


Answer:M200: Customise stylus buttons


As far as I know the ?Pen Button? software is responsible for the changing of the button settings. This tool you can find in the ?Toshiba Utilities? folder.


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I have Toshiba Portege Z30-B-10v.

there is an issue when I plag in the Headphones the internal microphone stops working and I can't find any possibilities how to switch it on.

It was found on both win7 and win10 platform

any hint how to resolve it ?



Answer:Portege Z30-B-10v - internal mic stops working when I plug in Headphones

any way I find out that if I plugin ony 2/3 of jack to Combo Audio jet it works in this combination (External headPhones + internal mic)
but it is not acceptible

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I've bought a M200 with a 1,5GHz Pentium M CPU.

Now I wanna put the fastest CPU in it. Which is the fastest CPU you can put in? Is it the Pentium M745, Pentium M745a or the Pentium M750?
Sorry for my Wnglish, I came from Latvia.

Answer:Portege M200 - What CPU can I use?


I don?t know which CPU you can use in the Portege M200 because the CPU upgrade is not supported from Toshiba.
Here you can read about this:


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Hi all. According to the M200 specs, the Geforce go5200 should be running on an 8x AGP bus, but on mine it's only registering as 4x.. Any ideas?

Answer:Portege M200: 8x AGP bus??


Sorry not ideas but just want to ask you why is this so important for you?

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I have a Prot?g? Z10A and the touchpad and keyboard intermittiently stops working after sleep mode. I cannot wake it up or restart without re-booting.

I have done the update to the firmware keyboard docker as advised in a thread on January 2014 but this has not helped the problem.
This computer is only 2 weeks old.

I have been to download site and updated all drivers and updates.
The computer works perfectly except for this problem.

When the tablet is asleep the white led is blinking, and when it is all works ok, but if the light for some reason is not blinking but permanently lit then it will not restart and I have to re-boot the tablet.

I have disabled the hibernation mode in options but still no help.

Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Portege Z10t-A - touchpad intermittiently stops working after sleep mode


I?m wondering if the option (within the BIOS) called Wake-Up on Keyboard is enabled.
To restore the operation of the computer from sleep mode, press the power button or any key on the keyboard dock for a short amount of time. But the keyboard keys can only be used if the mentioned option is enabled.

Note: when the notebook is in Sleep Mode, the power indicator will blink white. If the power indicator does not blink white, the notebook isn?t set to sleep mode!

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I have a Port?g? Z10t-A computer running Windows 8.1 that's touchpad stops working intermittently after coming out of standby.

I have tried upgrading to the latest firmware "HID\VID_0930&PID_0807&REV_3;00&MI_01&Col01" as suggested in a previous post but this has made no difference.

Any ideas on how this can be resolved?

Answer:Portege Z10t-A - touchpad intermittiently stops working after sleep mode

>I have tried upgrading to the latest firmware "HID\VID_0930&PID_0807&REV_3;00&MI_01&Col01" as suggested in a previous post but this has made no difference.

I think you are speaking about this firmware update
[Firmware update for Keybord Docker for Portege Z10t fixes connection problems|]

This has improved the keyboard performance switching between the tablet and notebook mode.

In your case I would recommend installing the newest version of Synaptics driver.

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i have tried the usual, pressing C, changing boot from Bios and F12 boot from CD-Rom. none seem to work, if anybody has any other suggestions i would be greatful.

Answer:Portege M200 will not boot from USB CD-Rom


Unfortunately I can not help you much about this because I do not have this Portege but I have found interesting info about Portege M200 and supported Recovery Drives:

The Portege M200 supports the Recovery via BIOS (pressing "C") with USB 2.0 and PCMCIA cards (16bit and Cardbus).
Following drives and Controllers (USB, PCMCIA) were successfully tested:

a) Toshiba, PA3352E-SCD2, USB2.0 CD-RW/DVD-Rom Drive
b) Toshiba, PA3402E-1DV2, Rev.501, USB2.0 DVD Super Multi Drive, SN: 5362870112
c) Toshiba, PX1055E-1NST, (Freecom drive), SN: 3431490096
with a PC Card (16bit), Cable II, PCMCIA, Rev.043.242, SN: 18496 043 3999 0343 01093
d) Toshiba, PX1055E-1NST, (Freecom drive), SN: 3431490096
with a CardBus, Cable II, CARD BUS, Rev.136, SN: 16693 136 3999 0149 06122

The used drive in conjunction with the PCMCIA- or USB-Contoller is not so important due to the fact, that the driver in the BIOS has to enable the Controller first.
There is a generic CD-Rom driver implemented into the BIOS for the attached Drive .

Tested with:
Toshiba, PX1054E-1NST, (Freecom drive ), SN: 151192845
CardBus card, Cable II, CARD BUS, Rev.136, SN: 16693 136 3999 0149 06122

The setting of "PC Card Controller Mode" in the BIOS was "Auto-Selected".
This means, that you have nothing to change in the BIOS, because it is the default value.

It could only happen, that you have to connect the power supply under some circumstances i.e.:
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Hi Everyone

I purchased a used Portege M200 and replaced the 40 Gb hard drive with a 160 Gb.

After about a week and a half of searching, I succeded in getting almost everything back up and running.

Answer:Portege M200 - HDD replacement


Do you have some question about your Portege?

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I haven't done anything but my nootbook goes on sutdown without doing anything.

Can anyone please help me to fix the problem.

Answer:Portege M200 goes off automatically without doing anything

Do you have a Satellite M200 or a Portege M200?

Anyway, check for dust in the heatsink. If there is too much dust, the CPU will overheat, and the system will shut off to avoid damage.

You can remove the dust using compressed air or a vacuum cleaner.

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Anyone got any ideas on how to do a restore from a toshiba restore dvd without an optical or fdd drive?????????

I've been trying to do it via a PXE as described here
but since i don't have a floppy drive i've use set up the PXE via the instructions from here

but every time i run the install.bat i get these errors

'XMSDSK' is not recognised as an internal or exteranl command, operable program or batch file.
'PREDATA.BAT' is not recognised as an internal or exteranl command, operable program or batch file.
'TGHOST' is not recognised as an internal or exteranl command, operable program or batch file.

this is getting really really annoying.
Isn't there a simple way of doing a restore without an opitcal drive or a fdd??
Can't it be done from the sd card or a usb drive??


Answer:Trying to do a restore on Portege M200

Maybe this thread created by user stephem could help you a little bit:

I would appreciate some feedback from you?


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Hello Toshiba Forums!

I've lost my *digital pen* for *Portege M200* so now I have an opportunity to buy another one.

My question is: what pens (from what companies) are suitable and will work fine with Portege M200?

I'm interested in buying Wacom, Fuji or any other pen including the original one but I still meet some problems:

1. I can't buy anything more expensive than $75

2. It's rather problematic to find something except Wacom since I live in Israel (there is only one Toshiba shop and I'm not sure they have the original pen for M200) .



Answer:Need digital pen for Portege M200


Did you lose two pens?
I mean there is an reserve pen in the battery pack bay underside the notebook.
Check this!

Regarding the question of usage of any other pens?
Well, I have never tested other pens so it?s hard to say if other pens would work?

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I've inherited my Boss's Portege M200, and he had upgraded using an external DVD from XP Pro to Vista Ultimate. Slow as a slow thing, very few drivers etc, meant that I'm determined to return to XP Pro.
I have SD cards (128, 1 Gig and 2 Gig options) and an external USB HP dvd1040e drive, plus XP Pro Tablet disks.

I have tried selecting the boot devices from the toshiba splash screen, selecting SD or external DVD, but to no avail. I've altered the boot sequence in the Bios (hitting escape and F1 during spalsh screen boot), and tried every combination. I have copied the $TOSFD00.vfd image file onto the SD card.

I have managed to loop the machine, in every configuration, so that I just get the PXE-61 Media test failure, check cable, and the PXE-MOF existing boot agent lines, then going to Windows boot manager asking me to insert the windows installation disk as winload.exe may be corrupt or missing. I have removed the drive, checked that the winload.exe is present on the HDD, it is and it is in it's original version / size / creation date format.

Does anyone have a suggestoin that will stop me tearing my hair out?


Answer:How to get Vista off from Portege M200?


If you want to boot from the CD or DVD you will need a compatible external CD/DVD drive!!! Without this drive you will be not able to reinstall the Windows XP from the CD!

But you boss has installed the Vista OS using the external drive. Why you don?t use the same drive to reinstall the XP???

The installation form the SD card is not possible! And if you want to install the image using the LAN you have to configure an server

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Should I buy a Toshiba Portege M200 tablet pc and if any you have them tell me had you had any crashes or anything else

Answer:Toshiba Portege M200

click hereclick hereA couple of reviews.

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Whenever I try portable USB devices on my Portege m200, they won't work as long as they operate in a bus powered mode, e.g. without external power supply. I wonder whether the Portege delivers not enough USB power for certain devices.

Here is what I tried:
1) Freecom FS 50 - a slimline dvd burner, comes with 2 usb cables. According to Freecom they will be powered from usb simply by adding the power of 2 usb ports. Result: The drive is not even recognized in my m200. Using external power supply, the drive works through usb as expected.
2) Pinnacle PCTV 200e - external dvb-t receiver. Is recognized but produces errors in any receiver software that I tried. However works on FUSi Lifebook S series.

Can anybody confirm the waekness of the USB ports? Any suggestions or tweaks besides trying an external powered usb hub?

Answer:Not enough USB power on Portege M200?


The USB ports supply 500mA. This is a USB standard. If the external USB devices need more power as the USB ports can provide so in most cases the external power supply is needed.
You can also try to connect the USB hub with a external power supply and then to connect the external USB devices to the USB hub.

Additionally you can try to change the settings in the USB root hub properties.
Go to the device manager select USB root hub, choose the properties and open the power management tab.
There you can disable the option: "Allow the computer to turn off this devices? "

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Does anyone know wher I can get spares for my M200? I have a graphics card fault, and I either need a new card, or a new motherboard.

Anyone know of anywhere in the UK I can get replacement parts?


Answer:Portege M200 Spares


If the graphics card is gone then it will be a new board as the graphics chip is on board and can not be replaced by itself.

The M200 ships with a 3 year warranty so a hardware fault will be fixed for free unless there is any physical damage to the machine.

If you still need to get hold of a system board post a reply and I will check it out.


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I have a Portege M200 with a 40G hard drive. I'm running out of space now.
Does anyone know the maximum capacity drive compatible with this machine?

I was thinking of Seagate Momentus 320G.
Could anyone please advise me?

Answer:HDD replacement on Portege M200


I have read here in the forum about the HDD upgrade on Portege M200 and the guy has upgraded the HDD to 160GB.
Therefore I would assume that you could upgrade the HDD to 320GB as well.

You would need a 2.5? IDE HDD and it?s no matter what speed the HDD would support.


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Hi there,

I purchased a M755 2 GHZ Dothan CPU for my M200. I installed the CPU without any problems, but now I have one: This CPU is only running at 600 MHZ. It seems to me that it runs on energy saving mode but I have the tablet on power supply.

I searched for an option in the bios to health it but there is nothing. My version is (displayed on the right corner on the top in the bios): "ACPI BIOS Version 1.80"

My OS is Windows 7 Prof.

Is there any possibilty (BIOS update? etc.) to fix it?

Thanks for your support!

Answer:Re: Portege M200 - CPU runs only at 600 MHz


That?s the speed step feature and kicks in the 5x multiplier to save power.

Check the BIOS if you can find setting regarding speed step and disable it. If you cannot find such an option in BIOS choose another plan and set minimum processor state to 100%. Then it will always run at 2.0 GHz.

Check this!!!

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I need to know what is the maximum hard disc capacity that is supported by Portege M200.

Answer:Portege M200 - What is the maximum HDD?


I assume that the Portege M200 is equipped with an IDE interface HDD. That means the notebook has a 28bit LBA limitation and so it can only handle HDD?s up to 128GB. So you can only use a 120GB HDD in this notebook.
If you want to know more about the LBA limitation you can look on Wikipedia or here: [].

I have good experience with Seagate and Hitachi HDD?s but you can also buy another HDD. ;)

I hope I could help you.


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First, anybody knows how to fix System Restore issue, when I start system restore, it only appears a blank window, so I couldn't restore my computer to an earlier point which I think can fix the whole problem...
Since I couldn't find a way for the first...
The second is: I've got loads of problem with my WinXp and I just want to restore the laptop... but I'm having trouble looking for a PCMCIA DVD drive...
The recovery disk is a DVD disk, but as far as I'm concern, using a 16 bit PCMCIA card will only let the laptop recognize a CDROM drive, not a DVDROM drive... So what should I do now?
Where can I buy a DVDrom drive that can boot so I can use my recovery disk to restore?

Answer:Recovery on Portege M200???


In my opinion the issue with system restore is OS problem and I can really don?t understood why this happened. If you reboot your unit several times happened this again and again?

If you need a suitable and compatible external DVD-ROM Drive for prot?g? M200 you can find it under under Products ? Options & Accessories ? Drive devices. Check the drive with this part number PA3401U-1DVD.

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Hi everybody
I have recently acquired a m200 without bluetooth and only intel 2100b Wlan functionality. Id like to know what i have do do to upgrade to have both bluetooth and wlan 2200b/g. The wlan should not be a problem, as it is a replacement of a wlan mini-pci card, but how do i do the bluetooth?

Thank you


Answer:How to add bluetooth to Portege M200

May I?m wrong but as far as I know the Port?g? M200 already supports the BT and it must be not upgraded with additional BT module.

Check the bottom of the unit if there is an BT label

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I've bought a refurbished portege M200 a little while ago, but the harddrive is having problems so I'm looking to replace it.
Does anyone however know if there are any limitations as to what harddisks the M200 will take? I'm trying to decide between spending 100 euros for a 160 GB samsung available from a local computer store where I can easily return it if it turns out not to work, or order a 120 GB samsung model for 62.50 online but where it'd be harder to return if it doesn't work...
I'm a bit pressed for cash so if anyone can tell me if the 120 GB samsung (HM121HC if it matters) should work, I'd be very happy ;).

Answer:HDD support on Portege M200

Hi there,

usually the chipset/BIOS should support HD?s up to 160 Gig, but the problem is that the machine was shipped with smaller drives, so you will have either to check the forum on users with similar problems (the search function is great here :) ) or you purchase the 160 Gig drive, check if it works, return it to the store and buy the 120 GB HDD for the half price.
I think thats a way without many risks.


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I have managed like possibly many others to get Windows 7 on to a Portege M200 the touch screen application with in 7 is amazing by the way. However my question is how much can I sell this for as I've noticed there are none on eBay let alone one of these with windows 7 on it as it is this rare I personally wouldn't b able to price it and was wondering how much would you pay for such a rare item?

Answer:Portege M200 with Windows 7

The M200 is quite an old model so I doubt it will sell for much.

Also, if you sell the laptop, it will need to have a genuine Win7 license, which may cost more than what the M200 is worth.

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Question: Portg M200 Hinge

Hi Everyone -

The hinge on my Port?g? M200 Tablet PC has become very stiff lately. Sometimes there is quite a resistance when I open or close the screen. This affects only the "regular" hinge - the screen rotation hinge is fine.

Does anyone know of any way I could loosen the hinge a little? (but not to the point where it swings freely!!)

This is a bit of a strange question, I know, because hinges usually become overly loose - not tight.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Portg M200 Hinge

Hi Russell

Sorry but in my opinion things like this should not be repaired on your own because if you damage something you will lose your warranty. It will be better to contact service partner. Call them and ask for opinion. If you still have warranty in this case it is very simple to solve this problem. Call ASP and demand the repair.

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Hi all,

bought a new LG DVD recorder with a USB 2.0 interface. My installation crashed so I wanted to use this drive to setup again. But no way, my Port?g? M200 only boots from some special cd drives (you can find a list inside this forum).
That really sucked, but was just the end of a sad day ;-)

But there is a simple solution:
I extracted to boot disk image from the recovery cd. Since I don't have a floppy drive I used a floppy emulator, mapped the image and...nothing. No file listet in the image. So mapped the virtual floppy drive to QEMU x86 emulator, bootet and...ok, here we go. The disk image is a standard boot disk. Copied all the content to a temporary drive and formatted the floppy image, made a sys a: and copied the content back to it.
Now I could see all the files in my virtual floppy software. And even modify them. So I took some USB device drivers from the disk image distritbutet with Nero Burning Rom. Those are capable to mount any USB CD/DVD-Drive.
And guess what...I was finally able to boot my M200 from an USB floppy and to start recovery process. Quite easy. So all you need is a least much more cheaper than buying a supported dvd drive.

I assume this solution works for almost any recovery dvd delivered.

If you are interested in the disk image, just contact me: andreas[at]derandi[dot}de. Sorry but I don't have websapce to upload. And sorry for my bad English...had a long night.


Answer:Solution: Boot Portg (M200) from any USB CD

Hi Andreas

Thanks for the posting and the feedback!

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I can not post my error. It keeps coming up with profanity.

MY ink is not working on my Portege M200.

First of all tab-tip stopped working with the error 'has encountered an error and needs to close' every time I wanted to use it.

I didn't bother with that as I could still use journal and one note so it didn't bother me but I???ve recently discovered that I can no longer use my p(e)n on my screen at all.

It works on the side buttons that I hover over and the option comes up and I can select but it doesn't even move the cursor around my screen anymore.

(I had to edit my post and add text bit by bit to find out what was being censored as 'profanity'. Sorry)

Answer:Portege M200: I can no longer use my pen on my screen

As far as I know the Microsoft Tablet Pack Microsoft Office XP Pack for Tablet PC (Tablet Pack) enables you to write directly with your tablet pen in Office XP documents on your Tablet PC.
This software you can find on the Toshiba driver page for Port?g? M200.
I would recommend reinstalling this software if it causes some application errors

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Or is there any other solution that is as usable in tabletmode?

Or is it possible to use the M200's dockingstation with the M400 without the functionality?
I just need it to position the tablet for easy painting.

Thanks all

Answer:Can I use the M200's Dockingstation with the Portege M400?

What docking station do you mean exactly?
There are different docking stations which could be used with the Portege M200?

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I have a m200 and it is going all over the place i don't think i'm technical enough to fix it, even with extensive help.

I want to to a reset/install but obviously i need a compatible external drive for that which i cant afford.

I want to boot off of an SD card which i heard i could do. Do i just copy the files from the recovery dvd over to the SD card?

Can i get hold of another copy if i have lost mine?

Answer:Portege M200: How to start the OS installation?

Well, to install the OS on this drive you will need a compatible drive (as mentioned)
Of course the unit supports SD card booting BUT to use it you have to use the Toshiba SD memory Boot Utility which is preinstalled on your image.

This utility will create simply booting files on the SD card to boot into the DOS mode.
It?s a similar to a bootable MS-DOS floppy disk.

As you see you cannot use the SD card to install the OS :( unfortunately

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I've found a few posts on this subject but nothing that gives a definitive explanation of how to solve the problem of lack of adequate power from the USB ports on my M200.

I have a LaCie DVD burner that operates perfectly satisfctorily on other computers when powered only by USB, but simply won't work on my M200.
I have also tried to use a simple HDD enclosure with a spare drive in it and it wouldn't work either.

I've tried a few of the suggestions from other threads such as unchecking the box "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" on the properties tab for the USB Root Hub in Device Manager; and I've updated the drivers where available.

What else to do?

Answer:Lack of USB power on M200 Portege


How about the external USB hub with a own power supply?
My brother uses a external USB 300GB HDD and this device works only if the external USB hub is connected between the HDD and the notebook from other manufacture.

I think it could be a similar issue with your external writer.

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I have a Toshiba Portege M200 running XP that won’t boot. The Toshiba splash screen comes up then goes away, the HDD light turns on once and then shuts off and nothing happens. I tried hitting F12 to get into the bios but then the splash screen stays up and nothing else happens. I can get into the advanced startup menu by hitting F8. I tried booting to safe mode and last known good configuration but still nothing happened.

I also tried taking out the battery and booting it without the battery because I read that may work, but I had no luck with that either.

Does anyone know how I can troubleshoot this?

Thanks for reading,


Answer:Toshiba Portege m200 won't boot

Try downloading Fedora Linux iso, and burn that image to a CD. Boot with it, and when it comes to its desktop, you will see all your hard drives. IF the CD won't boot, then its a machine problem. If the hd doesnt show up, then we know it is a hd problem. If the hd does show up, you can copy out all your data onto a usb memory stick.

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Hi there,

I bought a new M200 Tablet PC January last year, and I was happy about my choice. But for 3-4 months ago the machine started fo freeze randomly when running Win XP Tablet ed. -from the original install. I reinstalled using the recovery DVD, but no the freeze pattern continued. And for about 2-3 weeks ago it startet to freeze every time I was using windows - after using it for approximately 2-20 minutes..

I have tried to install win2k and the latest Vista beta2, but Ut's still freezing. - Then I made a funny discovery... It never froze when running any of the win versions in safe mode!! I can run for hours without any problems - but it's not funny to use it in safe mode all the time though..

I can't find any topics like this in here - Do anybody know about this problem? Maybe just a hint?

BIOS version: 1.60
Model nr: PPM21E-0260Z-DK

Answer:Portege M200 Freezes randomly


The Toshiba recovery CD contains all Toshiba drivers, tools and utilities and additional Microsoft Windows QFEs.
In my opinion your unit freezes on original Windows installation because the Toshiba stuff was no fully installed and/or some Microsoft updates fails.
The right installation order of Toshiba application is also needed to use the notebook without any interrupts and errors.
In this case I would recommend urgent to use the Toshiba recovery CD.

You have also suggested that you have used the Windows Vista Beta2 version.
I have read many postings here in the forum about the Vista using at this time. Fact is that this OS is not official on the market and it doesn't run properly because it's.. BETA version.
I think we have to wait for right drivers and finally version of Vista

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Portage M200 does not come with optical drive,
I want to install windows 7 on it,
I tried to boot from USB or the regular external DVD rom with no luck.

Anybody know how to resolve it?

Many thanks!

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I found no list with bootable USB-CD-&DVD-ROM-Drive for the Portege M200.
No Drive will boot on USB. Some change to boot from other USB-Devices?

Sorry about my english,

Answer:Need CD/DVD bootable USB-Drive for Portege M200


Please check this thread:

The user Horwath has posted a link to the Toshiba document which provides all informations about bootable USB CD/DVD drives.

Furthermore you can purchase an compatible USB ODD from the Toshiba ASP

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I bought this laptop on e-bay, but i hadn`t got a recovery disc. How can i get it?

Thank you!!!

Answer:Portege M200 - Where to get a Recovery disk?

Have a look on the Toshiba website.

Assuming you are in Europe, the address is

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Hi. I've just received my new M200 tablet pc, but the display is sluggy compared to my Tecra S1 display. It seems like there is something on top of the whole display which makes the picture sluggy and the colours too. This can be seen especially on white background. Is there a plastic to be removed, because I looked and I think there is no such or is it normal for tablet pcs?

Answer:Portege M200 Display questions


The LCD Panel of the Portege M200 is covered with a protection mask. This protection sheet is integrated into the LCD Mask to avoid scratches on the LCD Panel - caused from dirt or handling - caused by the usage of the pen.
You can not compare these two displays (Portege-Tecra) because Portege is tablet pc with the protection mask and Tecra has a very different display with other properties.


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I have a Portege M200. The processor reports that it is 1800MHz but seems to be fixed running at 600MHz. The HWSetup program installed (v4.03) does not have a CPU tab although the documentation suggests that it should. Have downloaded HWSetup 4.2 but this reports an Error 401 when I run the installer. I would like to get the processor running at fuill speed - can anyone help me understand how to achieve this?


Answer:Portege M200 - fixed at 598MHz

Hello David

Can you please tell us more about your Portege? Is this second hand unit or is maybe the mainboard exchanged?

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I bought a used Portege M200. I found out that the HDD was broken, so I bought a new bigger one (160 GB)
I know the Problems Porteges can make when triing to install OS on them, so I used this tutorial for network installatin:

everything worked fine. then my "xp installation button" was grey, so I went on with this tutorial:

that worked fine, too. The setup kopies some files, and want to make a reboot. So it brought me back to Windows PE, I typed "wpeutil reboot" as described in the second tutorial. My PC started new and then nothing happens.
I chossed "boot from hdd" and all I can see is a black screen with a little white blinking underscore at the top.

THAT IS REALLY FRUSTRATING. I also tried some other Method, for example the dos stuff (like I got [my R100 to work|] ), with the same result.

Thanks a lot for your help!

Answer:Can not install Windows on Portege M200

Do you have a smaller HDD you can try?

The M200 may be limited to 120GB HDD's due to the LBA48 137GB limitation. More info here:

Ultimately you should use the original Toshiba Portege M200 Recovery Disc to reinstall Windows. You can order them from Toshiba

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I face a very obvious slowness in the performance of hand writing when in tablet mode.
usually i write "i.e. with one note" and the handwriting is displayed instantaneously as normal writing on papers.
but when i tilt the screen to be in tablet mode, what i write is not displayed unless i finish the whole word, and normally displaying is extremely slow.
although if i tilt back the screen to be in normal laptop mode "with the same session of one note" the speed is back to normal.
please advise.

Answer:slowliness when writing with the pec in Portege M200

I?ve tried to simulate your Problem with my M200

I could not see a Performance distinction between the Tablet PC mode and the Normal PC mode.

Could it be possible that you?re using the Tablet PC Modus in Battery Mode ?
Then of course in consequence of the Power Management the M200 runs slower.


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I have a portege M200 (M725) with a bluetooth adapter.

I am trying to connect my Qware bluetooth headset. It is recognized, but it doesn't connect. A message as "could not connect device".

Could it be possible that the standard Bluetooth adapter doesn't support headsets?

please help me our.

Answer:Portege M200, Bluetooth headset

Do you have the latest Bluetooth Stack & Drivers installed ?

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I am working on my friends Portege M200 that she bought used. It only came with an external USB CDROM drive and the laptops AC adapter. To make things better the HD is no longer recognized by the BIOS. I had a spare HD so I installed it and now the BIOS see the new HD, Yay!

I also found out that I could buy a replacement system restore CD from Toshiba, Yay again! But before I do that I wanted to make sure I could boot from the external CDROM drive. I plugged in the CDROM drive and attempted to boot from a spare windows xp CD. But it will not boot to the CD. I made sure the CD-rom drive was first in boot priority in the BIOS but that doesn't seem to work.

I read other posts that mention that booting straight from the external USB CD-rom drive doesn't work and that I have to boot to the CD-rom drive by plugging the CD-rom drive into a PCMCIA card. So do I need to buy a PCMCIA card that has USB ports to plug the external USB CDROM drive into so I can boot from a CD?

If so will any brand/type work? If not which brand/type is known to work.
Any advise will be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Can't boot from CD to recover OS - Portege M200

the portege's bios will only recognize a limited number of pcmcia-CD-drives

in this thread you will find all the information you need :

but your portege also boots from most usb_FDD-drives ; if you make a DOS-bootdisk with the proper drivers for your usb-CD-rom drive you can use it without these bios-restrictions

as you can read this method will only work in a DOS-environment, therefore it is absolutely mandatory to format your HD to fat32, otherwise it will not be recognized

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I have recently been given a Portege M200 by a friend, however the operating system has become corrupted (thus why i was given it)

I have i copy of windows xp that i would like to install but have the quite major problem of the M200 series having no cdrom or floppy drive :(

I have a usb cdrom but have descovered that the m200 doesnt support booting from usb either.... and without having an operating system installed can find no way around this.

I have noted that it does support booting from a network, but have no idea as to how to get this to work.

I was wondering if anyone knows how network booting works? or failing that if anyone can think of any other way to get a OS installed onto this pc that would be great.

thanks in advance to anyone who can help


Answer:Window installation on Portege M200

> have i copy of windows xp that i would like to install but have the quite major problem of the M200 series having no cdrom or floppy drive

Yes, this is very annoying!

> I have a usb cdrom but have descovered that the m200 doesn?t support booting from usb either.... and without having an operating system installed can find no way around this

The booting from the USB CD/DVD rom is not possible. If you want to boot from the CD/DVD drive you will need one which can be connect to the PCMCIA 16bit or cardbus (32bit) port.

> I have noted that it does support booting from a network, but have no idea as to how to get this to work.

Yes this is possible but very complicated because you will have to install the RIS server on the second computer! I don?t think you have enough experience to do something like this.

Maybe you could take a look into this thread:


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My husband brought home a Toshiba Portege M200/M205 from a foreclosure cleanout that he was doing that apparently crashed. Black screen that says "safe mode", "start normally", etc. I restarted it in Safe Mode. It starts to run a scan saying components regarding sysem 32 and then gets to a screen that says "PXE-E61 media test failure, check cable; PXE-MOF: Exiting intel boot agent. Insert system disk in any key" I don't have a system disk. Can I do anything with this tablet or should I just trash it?

Answer:toshiba portege M200]M205


PXE-E61 media test failure

This means that the the Boot File on the HDD is corrupted or the HDD has failed and the boot sequence has by passed the HDD and is going to the next device in the Boot Sequence which is a Network Boot which fails.
Boot off of the Windows Disc Or download the Recovery Console ISO. Burn it to CD with IMGBurn Boot off of the CD and get to the Recovery Console. Here type chkdsk /R and press enter. The Check Disk utility will try and fix any file errors.
You can also download the ISO image for Seatools or Drive Fitness in my signature and burn the image to a CD using IMGBurn also in my signature and boot off of the newly created CD and run the Quick and Advanced tests on the HDD to test the integrity of the drive.

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I have a toshiba tablet M200 series laptop and for one particular profile on that machine a cant see the titlebars of any applications that are opened. The tablet Pc input panel titlebar seems to take up all of the taskbar which i think is stopping any other titlebars from loading. I have tried ending some processes to see if i can clear this but haven't yet managed to clear the input panel tilebar.

Any ideas?

Answer:Portege M200: Can't see the titlebars of any applications


Sorry, I am not an expert but can you please more specific about this profile that you use?
The last possibility is to recover the OS. That should solve this strange issue.

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Hi I have an M200 which I use both as a tablet & at my desk as my work station. I run a 17" LCD directly from the M200 with no dockingstation. I want to be able to extend my desktop on to the M200 LCD while the main desktop stays on the 17" LCD. I can make this happen the other way round, but not as I need.

The use device as primary monitor is greyed out in disp props. I am using driver version

Any ideas?

Answer:Portege M200 and Dual Display


This can not be done.


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Hi guys,

My Portege M200 has just developed a problem today. It shuts down without any warnings or info.
The event viewer hasn't logged anything out of the ordinary, I suspect that its an overheating issue because I'm looking at the cpu and gpu temps using speedfan and PC wizard and they both read the cpu temps in the 50's and PCWiz reads the gpu temp as 57. But I am getting no info on the fans is that normal??!!!??!!

Speed fan has 1 manual control for a fan (doesn't say which one, but seem to be the cpu fan) which I now have set at 100% to test it and see if it shuts down again. This has been on for about 5 mins and the cpu temp is down to 36.

I have no way of controlling the gpu fan or getting the temp down on that....

Is there any way of testing the fans/ sensors for determine where the problem is??

Can anybody think of any other things that I can check or that would cause this to happen??

Thanks Guys.

Answer:Portege M200 turns off without warning.

Can you turn the machine back on as soon as it shuts down? Or does it just turn off again? If this is the case, then the machine probably is over heating. If not, consider updating the BIOS for your computer and see if this fixes it.

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My bios version is 1.80.
Press Esc doesn?t work.
Can you help me ?

Thanks Andreas

Answer:How can I enter the BIOS of Portege M200 ?


Did you already tried the keys "del" "F1" or "End" to enter BIOS? Please check this and come back in case of no success...

Would really like to know if you found a way into the BIOS. :)

P.S.: You can also use the HWsetup under Windows to modify your hardwaresettings, since there are the same things but with an graphical user interface.


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i have a portege m200 and because it doesn't have any device on it (fdd,dvd) i want to be able to boot from an sd-card. For that I need the newest bios version v1.70win, but to intall it ,it requires the Common Module. I have instaled it (there was no error, at least) but when I retry to do the update , a"missing common module" message appears. So I'm a little bit confused. I suppose that the best think to do is to erase any previous version of common module,and reintall it, but I have no ideea how should I do it.
can anyone give me clue, or maybe i'm on the wrong path!?

Answer:Portege M200 BIOS update

Hello Daniel

As far as I know it?s not necessary to install a Common Modules if you want to update the BIOS. Nevertheless normally you can find the Common Modules in ?Add and remove programs?. If you need a whole instruction ?how to make a BIOS update? you can find it on the Toshiba website.

Please go to ?Support & Downloads? then ?Knowledge Base?. There you can search for ?BIOS update?.


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Hi i have developed a directshow application which does captures the screen and stores to a movie file. It has Cpature filter -> WMVideo Encoder DMO -> Avi MUX -> file writer. The application works fine in Toshiba Protege 3500 series with trident video Accelerator card on it. But it does not work on Toshiba Protege M200 machine with NVIDIA GeForce 5200 video card on it. Basically the application captures only one frame.

If i remove the compressor filter then it captures properly. I want to know whats wrong with the machine. With encodre why it is not capturing. i tried on other machiens with NVIDIA video card series and it wont work as well. Why is this so?

Answer:Capturing problems with Portege M200


Well, maybe your application has a bug?
Unfortunately, I?m not programmer or an applications developer and I can?t solve this issue. Sorry, but I don?t think that you will find here the answer for you question because the most users are the common Toshiba notebook users not application developer. :(
Good luck


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do you have any idea why my Portege M200 laptop screen flickers in some 5-10 minutes after switching on?


Answer:Portege M200 screen flickers


Did you checked the Device Manager video card entry?

Also a reinstallation of the videocard driver woul help!

Go to and then to Driver Download!


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hi, I've reinstalled my windows, and after that, my dispaly doesn't allow any frequency bigger that 60 Hrz.And that is really exhausting for my eyes.I've reinstaled the driver for Nvidia but is not working.
Can anyone give me a clue how can I solve this problem?

Answer:Portege M200-dispaly frequency


This setting is fixed on the notebooks and it?s not possible to change it.

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I do have an M200 with external Slimline COMBO DVD drive PX1055E-1NST.
I have upgraded to VISTA and needs to reinstall the devicedriver. Where can I find a driver that works with VISTA?

Answer:Portege M200 with external DVD drive


You drive is connected to the PCMCIA slot. Am I right?
Unfortunately, at this time such drivers don?t exist! :(
I didn?t find any on Toshiba driver page.

Try to search for any 3rd party PCMCIA drivers for Vista. Maybe you are lucky.

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Questions, is there a chance to replace the glass on the screen without replace whole thing? This is tablet right? It's been used for some time now and the glass is a bid scratched in few places...

Matrix is ok, it's just the glass...

Does anyone know is this something I can do myself? or this need to be done via toshiba service? any ideas where i can buy it?

Thanks in advance.


Answer:Portege M200 - bad scratches on screen


I presume you need something like this . Use ?Portege M200 LCD mask? as searched term in Google and you will find online shops where you can order new part.

What to say about replacement. Following maintenance manuals you can exchange it alone but those manuals is not public document and I really do not believe you can find it somewhere on the net. But you can try. Google a little bit around. Maybe you will find something that can help you with replacement.

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I found a list a couple of weeks ago of boot-compatible drives for the portege M200 (which i bought like 4-5 years ago), I did a rough search for the drives on google and everywhere said 'out of stock'.

I've lost the list so another list would be helpful, but is it still possible to buy these drives from somewhere?

I'd like to install another OS on y laptop.

Answer:Where to buy compatible CD/DVD drives for Portege M200


You can purchase all compatible notebook parts from the Toshiba ASP in your country.
Here you can find the link to ASP: -> Support & Download -> Find an Authorized Service Provider


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I have a Toshiba Portege M200 with Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition. When I turn the computer on, I receive the following message:

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel Boot Agent
Insert system disk in drive.
Press any key when ready.

When I insert the Recovery and Applications/Drivers DVD Portege M200 Series, the same message reappears.

What is my next step(s)?


Answer:Portege M200 fails to boot

Enter BIOS settings and check if the HDD is listed there. Every properly recognized device like HDD or CD/DVD must be listed in BIOS.
One more thing: when you switch your notebook ON press F12 and let us know if HDD is shown as bootable device.

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I'd like to update my bios (install from windows) - Toshiba Portege m200 BIOS ver 1.1. , but i got the following error: the user is not authorized to upgrade bios.( i am logged as an administrator even). any suggestions???

Answer:BIOS upgrate on Portege M200


Please check this FAQ how to upgrade the BIOS on this unit.
?BIOS Upgrade Procedure 5? IOS&FID=TRO0000000b07


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Hi there,

I recently purchased a used Portege M200 and I'm having trouble installing an operating system.

The situation: I got the notebook with a basic trial version of win XP home which I couldn't use. It wouldn't boot from the external usb dvd drive which I bought so I installed a linux system by switching hd with a friend's laptop and installing it via this machine (this method doesn't work with windows though).

After reading many articles by people who encountered the same problem I decided to go and try to boot from an sd card, which would offer various possibilities to install windows.
I tried many things but yet couldnt boot from sd.
I use a 2GB Panasonic class4 SD card.

- The toshiba sd-utilities (afaik) only work on toshiba windows machines, so they're no use to me
- People said that placing an image of a boot floppy on the SD, naming it $tosfd000.vfd or $tosfd00.vfd (tried both) would do the trick, but no.
- When switching the boot order to FDD->HDD->... or using the third option in the toshiba boot screen the green led next to the card reader will flash once, but afterwards directly boot the linux from HDD.

Specifications: Toshiba Portege M200, 2ghz, the bios is ACPI v.3.01 (which is a little confusing since the most recent version i found for the portege is 1.8)
could it be that someone messed up the bios by installig a version that is not compatible with my laptop?

any help much appreciated!

Answer:Can't boot Portege M200 from SD-card

Hi there,

really strange case, but one of the first suggestions would be to try another SD card because it could be that the card is not recognized properly.
A good idea would be to try some transcend cards.. but just try another card and give a feedback if it worked.
Would be really interesting if it works..


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a week ago my computer decided to go slow on me, it took a good five minutes to load up from when i switched it on, i thought i could easily fix this by using windows restore and going back before it did. (it happened after i defragmented my hard drive which was strange)

restore did not work and now some of the programes are not working such as tablet pc input panel.
some of the drivers have gone haywire as well, my external floppy and cdrw drive do not work now, (the cd is a ide to usb in an external case)

I have a portege m200.

is their any way i can fix these things?

I want to restore the whole computer to factory condition sing the restore CD but it wont boot of my external CD drive and i cant aford one that does.

Answer:My Portege M200 boots up very slow


Well, if you want to recover the unit you so you need a supported and compatible Toshiba external drive. Not all external drives are supported and work properly.
The Port?g? M200 supports the Recovery via BIOS (pressing "C") with USB 2.0 and PCMCIA cards (16bit and Cardbus).
As far as I know this drives you can use:
Toshiba PA3352E-SCD2, USB2.0 CD-RW/DVD-Rom Drive
Toshiba PA3402E-1DV2, Rev.501, USB2.0 DVD Super Multi Drive,
Toshiba PX1055E-1NST drive with a PC Card (16bit), Cable II, PCMCIA

Well, if you don?t have one so you can contact the Toshiba service. He should be possible to install the OS.

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I'm having problems with this keyboard. I've edited the text to6correct the faults.
The keys seem to be remapped as follows.

How can I fix this?

6 = 6 + space
space = 6 + space
0 = 0 + y
y = 0 + y
p = p + h
h = p + h
left arrow = left arrow + /
/ = left arrow + /

I'm6 phaving6 phroblems6 witph6 tphis6 ke0yboard.6 6 I've6 edited6 tphe6 text6 to6 correct6 tphe6 faults.6 6 tphis6 is6 tphe6 original6 text.

Tphe6 ke0ys6 seem6 to6 be6 remaphphed6 as6 follows.

PHow6 can6 I6 fix6 tphi?


Answer:Portege M200 - strange keyboard issue


How long does this issue occur?
Did you install any 3rd party applications which could have a bad influence on this OS?

Well, if this issue occurs on a fresh recovered OS so it could be a something wrong with the keyboard.
I don't think that this issue can be solved without any experience. In this case you should contact the service.

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I literally have a bug (little insect) that crawled up behind the screen on my M200, which has subsequently died -so rather than dead pixels I have a dead bug - is there a way of removing the sensitive screen to clean behind it and replace it without damaging it?


Answer:Portege M200: How to remove the screen to clean behind?


I wouldn?t recommend removing the screen and to open it.
The screen is a one of the most expensive parts of the notebook.
If you have no experience in such procedures it it?s possible that you will damage the whole display.

However, I think the display is fixed with some screws which you will find at the screen frame. But in your case I would recommend contacting the service to remove the dead bug.
The guys have more experience and can remove it faster.

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Following up a recent post about using an external monitor with the M400, I have a query about using one with the M200. I realise that the M200 uses the Nvidia graphics adapter rather than the Intel graphics adapter in the M400 - is this better as far as using an external display is concerned? The M200 manual says it will support up to 1600 x 1536 resolution on an external display. I want to use my M200 in a docking station with an external monitor on extended desktop.

What would be the best resolution to go for with the external? Should I go for 1400 x 1050 to match the M200 LCD display? Or could I go for a 1600 x 1200 which the graphics adapter should (!) be able to cope with? Or, finally, if I went for a 1680 x 1050 widescreen, how would the Nvidia adapter cope? Would the display be as clear as with the 1600 x 1050 screen?

What are the chances of it working at all? I see in the M400 manual that it is supposed to support 2048 x 1536 on an external monitor but this seems to be a problem judging from the other post.

Any help appreciated - thanks

Answer:Portege M200 with external monitor - what's the best resolution?


Well, the screen resolution depends firstly from the graphic card.
If you want to use any display resolution the graphic card must support it. Furthermore the graphic card driver is important. If the graphic card will support the screen resolution BUT the resolution is not listed in the graphic card driver so you will be not able to choose this value.

In my knowledge if you use the docking station you will get supported display resolutions like on the notebook.
The external display resolution depends also on the external monitor. If the monitor hardware will not support the resolution so you will be not able to get any pictures on the external monitor.

I think the best way is to test what resolution is the best. Some people prefers the high resolution with small icons and other ?blind man? ;) loves the low resolutions (1024x768) because of the big icons

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My power light on my Portege M200 flashes amber 10000110 ( or _ . . . . _ _ . in Morse) what does it mean?

It starts to flash when I try to power on and will not finish until I take both battery and power supply out.
It will flash even if I start without battery!

Answer:Flashing power light on Portege M200


When the notebook has a problem with power supply (board electronic), sends hexadecimal code.
In your case there are two problems:

- To know what this code means you must know exactly how to read this code. The binary code must be converted to the hexadecimal code and then you could compare the code with the description in the maintenance manual.
- Maintenance manual is not a public document.

Unfortunately there is nothing you can do alone. please contact nearest Toshiba authorized service provider and let them check your notebook.

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I've just received my M200 back from a warranty repair, where it had it's system board replaced. It seems to have acquired the Accelerometer utilities and motion detection functionality, which either weren't there or I wasn't aware of before (it had a clean rebuild many times, and I was never prompted to calibrate this utility). However, It no longer seems to be able to detect it's current operating mode - i.e. it no longer rotates the screen automatically when I switch to tablet mode, and when I set features such as Tablet Access Code to only operate in Tablet mode, they don't operate at all regardless of mode.

In addition, I've just checked the power settings, and nothing happens when the lid is closed regardless of the setting here. The machine keeps running, and I can see the backlight is still on, shining out from the closed case.

It seems to me like they've neglected to connect the lid close button, which I guess would be how it realises it's gone into tablet mode as well as when to turn off the backlight etc for a lid close. I've tried pressing the lid close button independently and nothing happens. I suspect it's going to be another warranty return, but does anyone know of anything else I might be missing?

Can anyone advise?

Answer:Portege M200 not detecting tablet mode

Hello Tim

On your unit there are too many different problems and it must be checked correctly. I know that you maybe want to solve it on easiest way but I believe that without service partner there is not much to do. Please contact them and ask for full check.

They should use factory settings and test everything, especially tablet mode usage.

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I recently bought a Tablet Multi Dock for my m200, but have the problem that the pen buttons on the right hand side of the screen get randomly triggered during normal use when docked. I tried new drivers for my USB mouse, tried different USB ports, but it still happens.
Any ideas?

Answer:Portege M200 - Pen buttons triggering randomly


It is not easy to say what the problem can be. I don?t think that it is a usual problem and I don?t think that is the USB problem.
It will be interesting to know if this happened always or just when the unit is docked.
Furthermore I recommended updating the Accelerometer Utility and Mobile Extension.


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Hi there!
Can anyone help me to set my Portege m 200 back to factory settings without using the recovery CD/DVD. My problem is that the m200 only have an extern CD/DVD device.

Answer:Back to factory settings on my Portege M200


without using the recovery CD you can only do the Windows System restore or you use a full Win XP install CD and use the recovery console to repair the sytem!


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My 60GB Toshiba hard drive failed in my Portege M200.

I tried fitting a hard drive I had in my old laptop a 30GB Hitachi hard drive but the laptop doesn?t seem to recognise it. Does it need a Toshiba hard drive or is the laptop dead, when I put the hard drive in I get invalid boot disk message.

The old hard drive goes to a blue screen then reboots laptop.

Answer:Portege M200 - hard drive failed

No it must not be Toshiba HDD only. I found the list of some compatible HDDs for this old Portege.
You can use follow HDDs:
- HITACHI G8BC00014410
- HITACHI G8BC00014610
- HITACHI G8BC00015610
- HITACHI G8BC00014810

Anyway, when you try to use new HDD set BIOS to default settings and check if new HDD will be recognized properly in BIOS settings.

Is old HDD recognized properly in BIOS settings?
Have you tried to install OS using old HDD?

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I have a Toshiba Portege M200 laptop (Model No: PPM20A-00LG4). Three years ago I ran the product recovery program and discs to get a clean XP Pro installation. I then loaded all the service packs from the internet. Everything worked fine and the laptop perfermed very well.

Recently the laptop was quite slow, so I decided to do this again.

I have booted the laptop from the recovery program on the external CD-ROM drive. It reformatted the HDD etc. I then installed the four quantity Product Recovery CD-ROMs, as prompted by the on screen installation menu and the laptop appeared to accept these. Then when promted to "remove disc from drive and press any key" the laptop reboots but just displays a white blinking curser against a black screen, for hours. Nothing happens.

After pressing any key to reboot, the Toshiba flash appears with the various boot sources, the HDD is first, then just the blinking curser. I have tried to re-boot the laptop but get the same routine and then the blinking curser.

I would really appreciate any clues for diagnosis.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

Answer:Portege M200 won't install Product Recovery.


The blinking cursor means that the operating system can?t be started. For me it sounds like that something went wrong during Windows installation.

I would recommend reinstalling Windows again so boot from Toshiba recovery disk and follow the screen instructions. With other words do the same steps as you have already done and check what happens.

Such things that installation doesn?t work properly can happen without special reason. So don?t worry and just test it again. ;)

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I've got a Portege M200 and I want to change the batterie of the BIOS but I dont know where it is!

Can anybody help me?

Answer:Portege M200 - How can I exchange the BIOS battery?


The BIOS battery is placed on the mainboard and to exchange it you must remove a lot of parts and screws. This is a little bit tricky and therefore you should have experience in notebook disassembling.

If you want a new BIOS battery you should contact the nearest authorized service provider. The technicians can do this for you.

But why do you want a new battery? The battery will also be charged if you have the AC/DC adaptor connected.


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I already used the recovery DVD long time ago but now it won?t start. Instructions tell to:
1st insert the disk
2nd turn the pc on while keeping the C key pressed
3rd follow the instructions which are appearing on the screen

I tried as described but nothing happens and windows start normally. I also tried to open the DVD when the pc was on and I can see the files but can?t start the process.

Can anybody help me to solve this problem?

Answer:Cannot start recovery installation for Portege M200

Hi there,

have you tried booting from the DVD? Obviously u can see the files on the DVD but maybe you need to change the boot order so it boots from the DVD instead. To do this, restart the computer then press F2 when you see the Toshiba logo on the screen while booting up (F2 or whatever key it tells you to press to enter the setup).

Within the BIOS setup go over to the boot order and swap the CD/DVD with the HDD so that the CD/DVD is at the top of the list. Go over in the BIOS menu and Exit Saving Changes and the computer will restart. Hopefully the recovery DVD should now boot, if this works and upon completion of all installations go back into the BIOS menu and follow the same instructions to change the CD/DVD back to second, and put HDD back to the top of the list.

Hopefully this answers your question.

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Can i get the files of a image cd?
If yes, can i get the directory \i386 and setup again my xp software??

I change my hard drive, and i cant do the boot with my usb cd/dvd, so i copy the files in the directory \i386 of my xp cd, an run winnt from DOS.
Now i have my Port?g? M200 working very good, but my instalation is a normal xp sp2 windows, and i need to change to tablet pc edition.

Same body have the same problem??
Can i get upgrade from microsoft for this problem??
Can i get the recovery files of my image???

Thans 4 all

Answer:Portg M200: Expert Mode in recovery CD


On the recovery CD you will find only the image files and not a completely OS.
The only way to get the recovery files is to recover the OS with the Toshiba recovery CD and then to copy the folders from the unit to another notebook (HDD, etc.)

Please check these topics how to recover the M200.

Usually you need a compatible and supported external drive which should be recognized by BIOS.

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can anybody help me to get a recovery CD for a Toshiba Portege (Win XP) in Russian??
Or, do you know where I can order this CD or DVD? Thank you!!

Answer:Russian recovery CD for Portege M200 needed


I can just imagine you can get one from Authorized service partner in Russia. Call them and ask. Maybe you will be lucky!

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I have a Toshiba Portege M200 Tablet PC. It has no built-in or external CD-ROM/DVD or Floppy drives. It has bios settings that will allow it to boot from HDD, FDD, CD-ROM, or LAN. I have the Toshiba Recovery DVD from the manufacturer. The Toshiba support site lists the supported external CD/DVD drives that will work with the recovery disk. I don’t have any of these and I am trying to use a generic DVD drive with an IDE to USB adapter. I am able to connect the DVD drive (with this adapter) to a computer running XP and I am able to access DVD’s on that computer. The recovery disk has instructions that tell me to use an external DVD drive (to perform the recovery) but isn’t as specific as the website as to which DVD drive to use. As a side note: the instructions do say that the drive cannot be formatted in NTFS. I think that I just need to find a way to copy the sys files onto the hard drive and then copy a generic DVD driver onto the hard drive so I can access the DVD when it is attached to the Tablet PC. I would greatly appreciate any experience or suggestions as to how I might get this to work without having to buy one of these specific DVD drives that the Toshiba Site suggests.

After reading other posts for similar issues (although these other posts didn’t provide an answer for me), I thought I might want to clarify a little. I have pulled the hard drive out of the tablet and hooked it up to a desktop using an adapter. I can format t... Read more

Answer:Toshiba Portege M200 Tablet PC recovery

I thought I should add; I have hooked the tablet hard drive up to the desktop as a primary hard drive and tried formatting it, copied the sys files over and windows 98 startup files to the drive. Then I put the hard drive back into the tablet, hooked up the external DVD drive and powered on the laptop. It errors out stating that it cannot connect to the external drive.

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I am wanting to re format my 4 year old M200 using the original recovery disks (4 of).
The recovery.txt file stored on the first disk advises me of a process to do this but also states that "this utility will not work if the drive has been formated or converted to NTFS".

My C drive is NTFS and the recovery process does not work.
I am unable to find any other literature or help files on the disks to advise me what to do.

I would be greatfull for anyone who has experience with this issue who can advise me on the correct process to run my recovery disks on a drive formated as


Answer:Portege M200 recovery process does not work

May I ask you what notebook do you have: is it a Satellite M200 or Port?g? M200?

How did you try to recover the notebook?
Did you try to boot from the CD?

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I have a M200, I have had it from new. However i can not find my restore cd! All i need the the SD Card Image that is supplied on it, is there anywhere i can get it?

I have the windows XP Pro full cd, i work in an IT Department! But with out the SD card image im lost!

Any help would be great!



Answer:Portege M200: Need Recovery CD becasue of SD-card

Hi Bob

Original recovery media can be order by Toshiba Authorized service partner in your country. If you want to install your own OS you can find all drivers, tools and utilities on Toshiba download page under

Service partner you can find under

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suddenly my Fn functions did not work.. Either the file was somehow corrupted or one of the funny take-care-of-your-computer-tools swallowed it. Anyway, the file is gone and I cannot find it on my recovery disk nor any tool on the utility tools on the Toshiba page able to reinstall it (I tried all...).

Is there any place I can download the file or can someone sent it to me. I suppose everyone has it in windows/system32 (XP).


Answer:00Thotkey.exe - file missing - Portege M200

Try to reinstall ?hotkey utility?.

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Did anyone ever figure out the "The file fcpcmcia.sys could not be found" problem? I saw it in another post, but the suggestions didn't resolve it and the post was locked so I couldn't reply to it.

I have a Toshiba Portege M200 that has the same problem when I try to upgrade WinXP Tablet PC to the 2005 edition. I used the Recovery CD to get back to XP Tablet PC edition (because the previous installation was messed up) and then tried to run Windows Setup from a couple different XP Tablet PC 2005 CDs that I have from MSDN.

When I attempt to reboot it when Setup tells me to do so, it runs the Windows Setup but then quickly fails with the "The file fcpcmcia.sys could not be found." It doesn't mention a location where the file is supposed to be. I can get into Windows XP Tablet PC (first edition) just fine and I see there are 3 of the fcpcmcia.sys files on the hard drive.

Any ideas? I have to upgrade this Tablet PC to the 2005 edition because some software that I need to run requires it. I've already tried re-installing the fcpcmcia.sys (FreeCom drivers) but that didn't help.

The CD drive that I'm using is a Targus slimline DVD/CD-ROM (PCMCIA, not USB) which was recommended by Toshiba on their website.



Answer:The file fcpcmcia.sys could not be found on a Portege M200


It?s hard to say why this message appears.
The problem is that you have installed OS from note original Toshiba recovery CD.
On the Toshiba driver page I have found the cardbus driver. Maybe you need this driver?

Generally if you install the new OS you should install the right Toshiba drivers in the right order. The chipset utility, cardbus driver, common modules are very important and should be installed at first.

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I have a Portege M200 with APR III. I understand that the DVI socket does not function with it, although for some reason, even though they are not supposed to all of the other ports do. ALL of them!

What I am asking today, is how on earth can I get the laptop to output in widescreen via the APR? I have tried everything, it has the nVidia Go FX 5200 chipset (which is capable of DVI output according to nVidia)

I have just got a Philips 20" Widescreen TFT and am getting tired of looking at it in stretched standard resolutions.

A friend of mine also has Tosh lappy, but that is a Tecra 9100, which will output in widescreen without any issues whatsoever as standard, it appears as an option in the display settins panel. Also, nVidia say that this chipset is capable of custom resolutions, but I cannot find this in the driver set anywhere.

Can anybody help?

Answer:Portege M200: widescreen via port replicator


Well the Tecra9100 is not a Portege M200. This are completely different notebooks.
The Prot?g? M200 does not support these interfaces.
This is a technical limitation, that the PS/2 Mouse port, PS/2 Keyboard port, Serial port, I Link port (Firewire), and DVI port
will not supported on the Advanced Port Replicator III if a Prot?g? M200 is docked.

The following ports are supported and may be used:
Line-in jack, Line-out jack, USB port, External monitor port, Parallel port, Modem jack, LAN jack, DC IN 15V, Security lock slot, Computer lock.
In the documentation for the Advanced Port Replicator III is a sheet "Information sheet for the Advanced Port Replicator III" where this limitation is descripted.

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I have a Toshiba Portege M200 and I want to reinstall the operating system. I have an external CD/DVD drive (USB connected) and need to know what key I need to press when turning the laptop on to get it to go to the CD drive instead of the HDD.
Have tried all the F1-F12 keys but to no success yet


Answer:Portege M200 - How to boot from external CD/DVD drive?

The standard key which needs to be tapped repeatedly when the notebook is powered on to access the "Boot Menu" is the "F12" key. You would then use the arrow keys to make your selection of the CD/DVD drive. When using "F12", does it continue to load from the HDD, or does it stop at a particular screen?


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Hi, I want to restore my M200 using the recover DVD supplied. I have a Toshiba PA345U-1DV2 external USB DVD that came with a CD that includes drivers for DOS. The readme file in the dos driver folder is in Japanese! I've created a boot SD card using the Toshiba util and added the dos drivers to the config.sys file.

No matter what I try I cannot get the USB DVD to boot in dos and therefore read the restore DVD. I must admit this is driving me nuts. I've tried every option I can find on the net and still not luck. Can anyone help?

It seems to me that as the DVD player is Toshiba and has dos drivers it should work.

Answer:System restore using the Recovery CD on Portege M200

As far as I know you need a supported and compatible drive to recover form the USB.
Not every drive is compatible!:
Please check this posting about the compatible drives:

In this posting you will find a instruction how to recover the OS on the Prot?g? M200 without to use the external drive:

And this posting provide further interesting information about the recovery procedure of the M200:

hope I could help

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