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Satellite L500-1XC HDD Recovery help

Question: Satellite L500-1XC HDD Recovery help

Hi I have a second hand Satellite L500-1XC, the previous owner has installed Ubuntu (which I can't access due to password) as well as windows 7 and I'm trying the laptop restore it to factory settings but I just don't know how.

I've tried turning it off and then holding 0 and pressing the start button. On start up the bottom of the screen does say HDD Recovery at the bottom left of the screen but after that it just goes to the selection part for me to pick either Ubuntu or Windows 7 and then just loads the laptop as normal.

I have tried looking for the Recovery Media Creator but I can't find it. It seems many of the original Toshiba utilities and supports have been deleted.

If anyone can help me to fix this laptop I would be so grateful as I really can't afford to buy a recovery disk from Toshiba.


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Preferred Solution: Satellite L500-1XC HDD Recovery help

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Answer: Satellite L500-1XC HDD Recovery help

> I'm trying the laptop restore it to factory settings but I just don't know how
I don?t think that HDD recovery would work because the Linux has been installed on the HDD and I think the partition table has been changed.
This might be the reason why the HDD recovery isn?t working.

You could still check this Toshiba document which describes the whole HDD recovery procedure:

So now HDD recovery does not work? in this case you can use only the installation disk.
You can try to install Windows 7 using Microsoft disk (the Toshiba drivers are downloadable) or you will order the disk from Arvato:

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I just purchased a brand new laptop and have realised that it didn't come with a recovery disc or a recovery partition on the hard drive.

Just wondering if my hard disc crashes how am i supposed to reinstall windows?
The laptop i bought is a Toshiba satellite L500 and is only a few weeks old.

If anyone could help on the subject would be very much appreciated.

Answer:Satellite L500 - No recovery disc or recovery partition - How to reinstall?


Normally if I buy a new notebook or other product I read the user manual firstly. So I would recommend that you should the same before you ask different questions.

The point is that you have to create a Toshiba recovery disk yourself. Therefore start the recovery disk creator that is preinstalled on your notebook and follow the screen instructions. I recommend a high quality DVD-R medium to create this disk.

Furthermore you can reinstall Windows using the HDD recovery option. On the second partition you can find this folder that contains an image of factory settings and you can start this feature if you go in advanced boot menu and select ?repair my computer?. This is not a special partition, only a folder where the image is stored.

HDD recovery procedure is the same as Toshiba recovery disk. You get back factory settings too but the recovery disk wipes the whole HDD. The HDD recovery only the first partition.

By the way: Normally you did get this message:

+your system is equipped with hard disk recovery system. if you need to repair+
+your computer by restoring it to original factory state, you can do it directly+
+from harddisk (press F8 when you boot your computer, choose "Repair your computer"+
+and follow the menue instructions) or create a bootable Recovery Disc Medium for this purpose.+

+Toshiba recommends you to create Recovery Disc Medium using the "Toshiba Recovery Disc Creator" to ensure+
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Stop 0x000000001A *Memory_Management* Blue Screen during recovery.
Please help.

Answer:Satellite L500-12T System Recovery from Recovery Disks

First recovery or first notebook start?
HDD or DVD recovery?

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I would like to restore my Toshiba back to the factory settings.

I have tried to press F8 during startup to acces repair menu, but the recovery wizard is not an option.
I have tried pressing 0 while starting up but no recovery wizard there either.

I can see the HDD folder at the drive E: but there does not seem to be an option for starting recovery there eihter

Any suggestions what to do?

Answer:How to use HDD recovery on Satellite L500?

Do you use original preinstalled OS hat you got with your notebook or own OS version?

Have you created recovery discs? If yes, use these discs for recovey image installation.

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Well I got this laptop two days ago and used it once after installing fire fox and my mobile broadband drvier's and going back home to boot up and find it was going to happen,

I had tried safe mode (all three) and repair and all I got was a black screen with the cursor up where there should have been a language screen (I used the recovery disk that came along with the laptop) so anyway after finding out I wasnt going to be able to repair it I tried to install but of course that didn't work either so I put my XP 64 bit OS on and worked perfectly fine, then I upgraded (using my own upgrade windows 7) and that works fine no problems, so I tried again with the original windows 7 that came pre-installed on the laptop's hard drive and all went find untill it starts installing driver's or updates (I'm not 100% sure on this but it is at and/or after the face recognition installation,

Then it shuts it's self down and boots back up to automatically restart and asking me if I want to repair due to a bad start-up so I do the repair boots back up and still says I need to repair and finds nothing wrong and carrys on in that circle.

Now I have been told that it could be the register or it is a graphics problem, I myself am getting pretty fed up of having to install/reinstall/format this laptop.

So if there is anyone who know's what is wrong or what to do or even if it needs to be sent back to be fixed that will be very helpful.

I thank anyone in advance.

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Answer:Satellite L500-19X - Can't use the recovery disk


Well, I think it?s really hard to say what the reason is. Maybe the recovery disk is scratchy or the files corrupt there.

At the moment I can?t imagine that it?s a hardware problem because other Windows disk working properly.

In your case I would try to install Windows 7 from a Microsoft disk and then see what happens. If it works properly and you can install all drivers & tools you should order a new recovery disk from Toshiba directly.


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Hi all,

I just bought a L500 and I realised that my system is 64bit but the recovery disc that came with it is 32bit.
Does it make any differece at all? Should I contact Toshiba to get a 64bit recovery disc or is there any way I can create a recovery disc?


Vini Cruz.

Answer:Satellite L500 and recovery discs

Hey Vini Cruz,

I have checked the specifications from some Satellite L500 models on the Toshiba website and it seems that some are equipped with 32bit recovery disk and the preinstalled OS is 64bit.

If you want a 64bit recovery disk you have to create it by yourself using Toshiba recovery disk creator. It creates an image of factory settings from 64bit OS that is the same as 32bit but only 64bit ;)

For further informations check also the user manual chapter 3.

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I have this laptop with 3 Partitions

The main partition got corrupted and apparently wiped so all windows folders have been deleted and a low level format carried out

I still have the recovery sector

Just wondering how to reinstall it back onto the main partition

I tried F8 and it took me to a screen to choose language but after that it said "You must log in to access system recovery options"

I guess user data has been wiped from the main partition ?

Are there any other keys to press on startup to access the Recovery partition ?


Answer:Toshiba Satellite L500 Recovery

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I have just formatted my laptop using Recovery Disc 1. On forums, it says after Disc 1, the menu will ask for Disc 2. But it never asked for Disc 2. Should I have inserted it right after it asked me to eject Disc 1?
I am writing this now on my newly set up Win 7. Everything seems fine but I wonder whether the lack of Disc 2 will cause any problem. Is there any way to boot my laptop also using the second disc?


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Answer:Satellite L500 did not ask for Recovery Disc 2

> I am writing this now on my newly set up Win 7. Everything seems fine but I wonder whether the lack of Disc 2 will cause any problem. Is there any way to boot my laptop also using the second disc?

The second disk will be created only if the space on the first disk would not be enough! So the amount of recovery disk depends on the size of the image file.
If your notebook works properly, I would not be afraid about the 2nd missing disk :)

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I have a Sattelite L500/nb I purchased in december.
I attempted to perform a HD wipe and system recovery the other day and it seems the recovery partition has been corrupted.
On boot the system states error: F3-F100-0004 and then shuts down on 'ok'

Can I obtain recovery cd's for this system?

How do I fix this?

Answer:Re: Recovery partition/help Satellite L500

What country are you in?

You can order Recover Discs from the Toshiba website.

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Excuse for my very bad English at first!!!

I want to reinstall Win7 but the HDD menu recovery in the screen (Boot, F8, Repair , ...) is not present on the menu.

If you don t understand my question, can u send me the web address of the French forum?


Answer:Satellite L500-13Z - HDD recovery is not present


At first I must say that your English is good and understandable.
So, back to your problem.

If ?Repair my computer? option is not available in ?Advanced boot options? HDD recovery installation (from recovery image saved on HDD) is not possible.
It can be done with recovery DVD only.

Have you created recovery DVD following Toshiba advice and instruction how to do this?

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hi all,

since yesterday my Satellite L500-20x have only Bluescreens called "Driver not Less or equal" --> Restart! He boots to win7 till login, after that EVERYTIME restart. I try a lot stuff to solve:
Systemrepair (3Times) and no changes
SystemRecovery (by HDD not CD) Recovery works but still bluescreens and no changes to fix the Problem.
Memory check (from Win7) checked it 3 Times all 100% ok.
Toshiba HDD Recovery (i try many times but he shut down EVERYTIME by bluescreen while Process... so i cant do this - unpossible to finish Recovery!)

Thats the first Notebook I every buyed and I never heard of a Recovery Disk - so I dont create one! Now I cant come into win7 - so I cant create it now. Anybody have any Ideas? I want windows new to install... but i dont have the same Win Disk. Notebook Win = Win7 64Bit all i have is WIn7 32Bit for my HomePC.

I need help!

Answer:Satellite L500-20X - No recovery disk

Hi beAm,

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

This would be worth a try if HDD recovery option doesn?t work properly.

If you order such a disk and install it the original factory settings on HDD will be restored. A clean factory installation will be restored with all drivers and tools (out of box settings) and if this doesn?t work it seems to be a hardware malfunction?

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I need to get to the option "Recover to factory default software with user's data" but I'm having problems getting to this stage.

I've tried power + 0 with no luck, same with power + f12.
When the boot menu comes up, HDD Recovery is not there as an option to select.

I need the exact option above but I have no clue how to get it. I have the option of selecting "Toshiba HDD Recovery" at startup repair, but will it have that option if I go further into it?

So far I got up to the screen that warns about unpacking the system image partition but don't want to go further in case that option is not there.

Can anyone help? :/

Answer:Satellite L500-1ZC - cannot start the HDD recovery menu

I have the option of selecting "Toshiba HDD Recovery" at startup repair, but will it have that option if I go further into it?

Toshiba HDD recovery sets the notebook back to factory settings! This means that your system partition will be deleted and you will get the same HDD state like at the first day of purchase.

Therefore you should backup the date before performing the recovery process.

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Could someone please tell me what I can do after the process of Product Recovery.
I made Recovery Media 1, Recovery media 2 and System repair disc Windows 7 64-bit much earlier when I bought the laptop.
But where do I put these files which are on the DVDs and especially how do I get the 64-bit icon back into the laptop?

Answer:Satellite L500: What to do with the system recovery disc for 64 bit?


The recovery disk which you have created helps you to set the notebook back to the factory state.
This means that you will get the same state like at the first day of purchase.
The HDD will be formatted and you will get the Windows OS, tools and drivers?


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Can this be done?

I'm trying to restore my laptop to it's day of purchase (only a month today). From what I can see on the forum, I'm just one of a long line of us who has discovered that the version of our recovery DVD does not match the product we bought. Hence, I'd like to restore the 64 bit version (without the over-priced option of ordering recovery media which is scandalously over-priced compared to Microsoft's offering of 64-32 / 32-64 DVD switch for little over the cost of postage).

(((I'd be grateful for any ideas, however, I notice there is an unhealthy amount of 'experts' around who LOVE telling us consumers that everything is our fault. This brand of righteous 'help' is judgemental, condescending and above all - and most relevant to this forum -, is unhelpful. 'I just don't understand why you didn't back up 5,000 copies on the day of purchase'...etc. We all make mistakes, and if you've made one, you'll make on again. It's nice when the person we meet at that time doesn't point the finger of judgement)))

Answer:Satellite L500-1XL: restore to day of purchase using HDD recovery

> Hence, I'd like to restore the 64 bit version (without the over-priced option of ordering recovery media which is scandalously over-priced compared to Microsoft's offering of 64-32 / 32-64 DVD switch for little over the cost of postage).

The notebook came with preinstalled Win 7 64bit. Additionally you received the Toshiba recovery disk Win 7 32bit version.

Please take a look into the user manual.
It said that you can create an additionally recovery disk of the OS which was preinstalled; means Win 7 64bit.
There should be a preinstalled tool called Toshiba Recovery disk creator. This tool helps to create an own new Win 7 64bit recovery disk.
After you have created this disk, you could use it in order to set the notebook back to the same state like at the first day of purchase.


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Dear sir

I have a Labtop *TOSHIBA I3 L500* , in 2nd of April 2010 from one of market there in FUJERAH .

.Aafter 11 days *I installed uncompatable software with Windows7* so the blue page which content a warning massage says " Your software has been damaged " have been viewed then i deside to use the RECOVERY CD .

I was foraced to use the *Recovery CD* which found with Bag of Labtop but something strage problem founded which is :
The OS was stucked in the last step of installing exactly when _logging in_ , a warning massage was appeared "Please dont interrubt installing the windows and logging in ..please wait " , the the massage was disappeared then system were shutdown and logging again and so on .....etc

I created a nother Recovery CD's which have 2 DVD's , and the Problem was still the same .

I used a Copy of Windows7 to rebot from it and to install the windows7 .

WHY THE RECOVERY DVD WAS NOT WORKING ??? despite I create a RECOVERY DVD from the which have 2 DVD .
I dont think there is an scratched in original Recovery DVD which sold with toshiba labtop !! because the Recovery DVD which I created from windows7 and the same labtop have the same problem .
Please help me

Answer:Satellite L500 - Recovery disc failure


If you have created the Recovery disk correctly ad if the procedure finished successfully then the installation from recovery disk should work.

I?m not quite sure why you are not able to recovery the unit using the recovery disk but you should check the BIOS.
Access the BIOS pressing F2 and you should set the settings to default.
Save the changes and try to reinstall the OS using the recovery disk again.

If this will not help then go to BIOS and set the SATA mode from AHCI to compatible and then try install the OS again.

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I have this laptop with 3 Partitions

The main partition got corrupted and apparently wiped so all windows folders have been deleted and a low level format carried out

I still have the recovery sector

Just wondering how to reinstall it back onto the main partition

I tried F8 and it took me to a screen to choose language but after that it said "You must log in to access system recovery options"

I guess user data has been wiped from the main partition ?

Are there any other keys to press on startup to access the Recovery partition ?


Answer:[SOLVED] Toshiba Satellite L500 Recovery


If the computer is running, shut it down by clicking start, then shut down again.
Press and hold "0" (zero) key on your keyboard and then depress the computers power switch. When the computer turns on, the Toshiba HDD Recovery Uitlity Screen will appear, presenting 3 options, just choose Restore Original Factory Image.
Press 1 to restore your hard disk drive to its original factory default. A confirmation message will appear, indicating that all data will be overwritten and lost during the restore process. Be sure to back up all important files before proceeding.
Click Yes to begin restoration, A message will appear once the operation is finished, indicating that the HDD has been restored.
Press any key to restart the computer.

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on my Satellite L500-1UR ce two DVD I created and the Windows 7 home premium 32bit given with the PC don't work ..
In both cases, the restauration process seems to work correctly but the finishng phase never ends .. boot, reboot, rereboot .. and so one.

Reinstallation using a "standard" Windows 7 32 bit seems to work .. but .. I am afraid I could have lost something.

How to get "correct" DVDs ?
Thanks for help

Answer:Recovery DVD Creation does not work on Satellite L500-1UR


Please check if you could create the recovery disks using another DVDs from different manufacturers.
I had the same issue in the past. I tested some DVDs from Verbatim and TDK ?R and could create the recovery DVD.


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Hi all

I have a Toshiba L500 -128, the original 320gb hard drive is simply too small and i would like to avoid buying an external hard drive (for any other purpose than backing up) because in my experience they are just rubbish and i want all my data on the laptop.

I wanted to buy a new 1 (possibly 2) tb hard drive to put in it, which i assume it is equipped to deal with, (please anyone correct me if they know otherwise) along with another 4GB ram....

Anyway what i'm really wondering is whether or not i can get away with using my recovery discs on the new hard drive.
If they did it the old fashioned way (sending a OS disc and a drivers disc) i wouldn't even question it but as i created the discs from the computer itself, i wasn't too sure as when i opened the discs up to make sure everything had burnt on to them ok, i didn't see anything like what i was expecting to.

Also i read somewhere that someone else tried this and it didn't work, they assumed because the recovery included an image specifically to fit the original sized Hard drive?

Can anyone shed some light at all please?


Answer:Satellite L500 -128 Using recovery discs on new (bigger) HDD


First of all you should create the Toshiba Recovery disk using the preinstalled tool called Toshiba Recovery disk creator.
Usually you should receive an confirmation message that the recovery has been created successfully.
This would mean that you could use this disk to set the notebook back to factory settings not matter what HDD is in use.
This means that Recovery disk should work with other HDDs.

But note; the usage of such recovery disk would format the HDD and delete everything from HDD partitions. But this should not bother you if you use new, empty HDD ;)

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Used Toshiba product recovery disks to recover system on new hard drive in Toshiba L500 PSLS3A-04M002.

During recovery, Windows complained 'Windows can not verify the digital signature for this file' - file is LPCFilter.sys.

Also while setting up drivers, Windows made the same complaint about Realtek High Definition Audio driver and a Virtual WiFi Filter Driver (from Microsoft Corp!).

Following the restore, if I start Windows normally, the Windows startup repair starts automatically with a title "Your computer was unable to start". The startup repair takes a while then comes up with a message "Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically".

If I press F8 on startup, and choose the option "Disable Driver Signature Enforcement", Windows starts without any problems.

I thought doing a Windows Update might help but when I click on "Check For Updates" button I get a message "Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer." When I look in Services I see that the service is running.

I don't want to press F8 every time I start up and don't think it's a good idea to do it anyway and would like to be able to update Windows.

I would appreciate any help.

Answer:System recovery problems on Satellite L500

Have you created this disc on your own or you use original toshiba disc?
Do you use it for the first time?

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Hey guys. NEED HELP

How do i load windows 7 back onto my HDD with the recovery partition missing?
And no i dont have a copy of it just windows 7


Answer:Satellite L500 - recovery partition missing


If you didn?t create a recovery disk, then you will need to order the disk from here:


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I have got a Satellite L500-13w and it came pre-installed with Windows Vista and the recovery files, but I formated the PC and installed Windows 7 and then installed XP.

Now I want to use the system recovery to get back to Vista but I didn?t create a Vista recovery CD using the files that came on the separate partition.Though I still have does files in the place they came.
So my question is, running Windows XP, is there a way to use those files to create the recovery file or CD?

Please reply

Answer:Satellite L500-13W - Creation of recovery disk possible on another OS?

Hi Nagravison-PT,

Unfortunately this is not possible. The Toshiba recovery disk can only be created on preinstalled OS because only there the recovery disk creator is installed.

The recovery files on second partition are now useless, because you can?t use the HDD recovery option anymore and recovery disk creator is deleted.

What to do now?
Either you use a Microsoft disk or you order a recovery disk from Toshiba:

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Am trying to re-install my Window 7 system on a Satelite L500-19Z. When I insert the recovery disc(s) it completes and then reboots.

When rebooting it goes through the 'system registry' and 'system settings' stages and then reboots. It thens says 'Setting up for first time use'.
Then it comes up with a basically white screen and the box saying 'finalising installation - will take a few minutes' etc.

However, after a while it just reboots and goes through the same sequence again - and again - and again etc.

I can reboot in SAFE mode but it won't allow me to make a System Restore point.
When I try to reboot normally it just goes straight back into the routine above.

I've tried a number of recovery discs but they all do the same thing.

Answer:Satellite L500-19Z - Recovery process not complete correctly?

> I've tried a number of recovery discs but they all do the same thing.
Does this mean that you have more recovery disk for this notebook model?
Did you use the right one?

I?m not quite sure why the recovery procedure does not finish successfully but it could be possible that your notebook?s hardware is affected.
What was the purpose for a recovery? Was something wrong with the notebook?

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I've bought a new Toshiba Satellite L500-19E with Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit). So far, everything's working brilliant.
I've already created the recovery dvds.
Therefore, could I now delete the partition with the recovery programm? I want to use the full space of my hdd and create partitions as I want.
But I don't know how I should do this?
Could you please help me?


Answer:Satellite L500-19E - Deleting recovery partition and create new

If you are 100% sure the created recovery DVDs are ok you can remove all saved data on second partition.
Open Windows Explorer and on the left side where is second partition listed click with right mouse button on it and choose option FORMAT.
Choose Quick format option and click on START.

After minute or two all data will be gone.

Please note: in the future when you want to use recovery DVD for Win7 installation the whole HDD will be deleted and you will lose all your data.
Using recovery DVD you cannot format partition C only.

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My new Satellite L500 - 19X came pre-installed with Win 7 - 64 bit version.
Also included was a "Product Recovery Win 7 32 bit" disc

Within the packaging was a leaflet saying:

"If you plan to use the 64-bit version at a later stage, please create a _recovery medium_ prior to installing 32-bit Windows 7"

It then cautions me to create a "64 bit recovery medium.....ordering a 64-bit recovery medium is not free of charge"

The manual goes on at length about "_System Recovery Options_" As instructed in the manual I have made a "Repair Disc Windows 7 64-bit" Am I correct in saying that I do not or cannot have an actual Win 7 64-bit disc?

The leaflet says "a backup copy (of the Win 7 64-bit) is stored on the hard disk drive as a _recovery image_" So is this the actual Win 7-64-bit complete disc that I am after, and if so how do I get it?

The Toshiba documentation is not clear, and I believe rather contradicts itself?

I am confused! Anyone understand what's going on?


Answer:Creating Win 7 64bit Recovery Disc for Satellite L500-19x?


As I understand you have received the Notebook with preinstalled Win 7 64bit OS.
But you didn?t get the Win 7 64bit recovery disk but you have a Win 7 32bit recovery disk. Is it right?

Well mate? the case is that the usage of the Recovery disk will format the full HDD and will erase everything from HDD. This means that you will lose the preinstalled Win 7 64bit OS.
So if you would not create the Win 7 64bit recovery disk BEFORE using the Win 7 32bit recovery disk then you will not be able to go back to 64bit version.

Therefore create the Win 7 64bit recovery disk at the beginning. Then you are safe and can install Win 32bit and 64bit whenever you want.

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I have a new Toshiba Satellite L500-1XD. I have tried to create the recovery media twice now and both times it failes on the first of two disks with the following error;

Failed to open the following file.
(Error Code:02013-F1-00000000)

I am using the Toshiba Recovery Media Creator. The operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. I am using standard 4.7GB DVD+R disks.

Any help would be useful.

Thank you.

Answer:Re: Failure to create recovery media Satellite L500-1XD

> I am using standard 4.7GB DVD+R disks.

I recommend you to use high quality media like verbatim or Tdk. You see, it can cause problem with ,,low brand,, disks.

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I have a problem creating recovery disks for the Satellite L500-126.

I am using the Toshiba recovery disk creator.

The 1st disk is ok.
When I try to make the 2nd disk, the systems stops exactly at 50% of the 2nd disk. and no more reaction from the disk creator.

I tried 2x, and each time i had to abort and throw away the dvd's.

any suggestions?

Answer:Problem creating recovery disks for the Satellite L500-126


You should try another DVD from different manufacturers?
It?s nothing unusual that some DVDs are not fully compatible and that the CD/DVD drives cannot write the data properly?
I had such issue in the past and could solve this testing and using different DVDs.

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I have a Notebook Toshiba Satellite Pro L500-1T8 and its hard drive has been damaged, so I cannot recover the special partition (I've tried also with the 0-key bootup).

I haven't create a restore disk from windows 7 because nobody told me to do so!

I'd like to re-install my windows 7 licensed copy (at the moment I've installed an ubuntu linux).
How can I do?


Answer:Satellite Pro L500-1T8 - How to install Win 7 if recovery partition is damaged

No way to recover a genuine Toshiba laptop? Is it true?

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I have a Satellite L500-12Q laptop. I used the Recovery Disc Creator to make the recovery discs. It needs 4 discs. The 1st was writtenk ok, but on the second, near the end of the progress, it stopped advancing. It is almost an hour, and it is still not finished. I am on the second try. The disc is spinning and the drive makes noise as if it were writing, but it doesn't advance at all.

Please, could you help me?


Answer:Satellite L500-12Q Recovery Disc Creator Error

Hey Claudiu,

What kind of DVD you are using to create the Toshiba recovery disks? I did also had some problems to create a recovery disk but I changed the media from DVD+R to DVD-R and all was ok!!! I used Verbatim disks for creating because I have really good experience with this kind of disks. Furthermore it seems that TDK disks also work pretty well. Check this!!!

If it doesn?t work check the Toshiba page for a firmware update of your ODD!

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i have a Toshiba Satellite L500-F19, and recently started have a bad performance in the graphic interface and also started to shut down on its own.

In order to try and fix the problem i used the HDD recovery sistem by pressing F8 in the boothing process.
What happens is that this process failed and and now my portable computer doesnt even start!
What can i do?

I have a windows repair disc but it was only made a few days ago and this pc is in my possetion for 3 years now.
Is there any way i can recover my sistem back to the original?


Answer:Satellite L500-F19 does to boot due to failed HDD recovery process

Yes, you can recover it to original factory settings. You can do this on one way only: you must use recovery DVD. Have you created this disc?

Please don?t mix Windows repair disc and recovery disc. At the moment you cannot repair anything. What you must do is clean recovery image installation.

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I have a Satellite L500-19Z laptop which was running a 64bit version of Windows.
Because of a problem I had to re-install Windows. The disc that came with the laptop was Product Recovery Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit. Not realising the implications of re-installing using this

I've now ended up with a 32bit operating system meaning that I can only use 3gb of my 4gb RAM. Can I obtain a Recovery disc for the 64bit version of Windows? I created, when I first got the laptop, a Repair Disc for my 64bit system but, of course, if I try to use this it tells me, rightly, that I don't have a compatible operating system version.

Answer:Can I order Win7 64bit recovery disc for Satellite L500-19Z?

I think you can order it.

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This is a detailed bug report so please bear with me.
If you can help, or can confirm you've had the same happen to you, I'll be grateful.

I've owned several Toshiba laptops before and I even used to work for Toshiba so rest assured I like the machine. But I've got a problem with its recovery software. I just bought a laptop, Satellite L500-1DT with Windows 7 64 bit, on behalf of a non-techie who lives elsewhere. Since I know from experience that I will occasionally have to field panic calls along the lines of "it's become too slow", "how do I get rid of the accumulated junk", "maybe it's got a virus" and so on, the first thing I checked was the automatic recovery, i.e. how to bring the HD back to "as new" state.

So I booted into the machine, answered the questions until I got into the OS proper, and then ran the "make a recovery DVD" program. Double layer DVD verified ok. With the freshly made DVD, I swapped the supplied HD for a spare I had (much smaller: only 40 GB instead of 320) and booted the rescue DVD hoping that it would remake me a clean system on the blank drive.

It did repartition the drive according to its scheme, with more or less half the space for Windows and the other half for Data including the recovery files. It did install the system in the Windows partition. It then rebooted into the installed Windows 7 to finalize the installation. There, trouble began: an endless loop of reboots for hours un... Read more

Answer:Satellite L500-1DT: HDD Recovery of Win 7 is stuck in endless reboot loop


First of all I have to say that I was able to recover my unit trouble free.
The Win 7 installation went smoothly and everything was installed properly.

Back to you issue:
For me it sounds like something wrong with the installation? maybe some partitions of the HDD were muddled up? maybe the HDD should formatted again and then you should run the recover procedure.
You have to test it?

Regarding the DVD player:
As far as I know there is no DVD player for Win 7 64bit. There is only a update available for Win 64bit. So you will have to install the DVD player for Win 7 32bit version and then to update it using the patch released for Win7 64bit.

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Just the other night, my laptop was still working fine. The only systemchange I made was installing a program to read .djvu files.
Now my computer won't start anymore. it just says:

windows fail to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. to fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. choose your language setings, and then click "next"
3. click "repair your computer"

if you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

file: \Boot\BCD
Status: 0xc000000f
info: an error occured while attempting to read the boot configuration data.

I do not have the windows installation disc, as it was not supplied when I bought the laptop.
however, I have recently made a recovery dvd. The problem is, only by pressing f12 during start up and then selecting the dvd to boot from, will the recovery start. TOSHIBA HDD Recovery Utility screen does not appear automatically during startup of the computer. however, via the f12-boot way, no options are presented. I cannot select any option to recover just the c partition (no menu appears like I have seen in many tutorials with the 3 options: ) . It will erase my entire HDD.
Help please. I do not want to lose all the data on my other partitions. I'm scared :(
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Answer:Satellite L500 serie. No recovery menu. no option to restore just C.

> I do not have the windows installation disc, as it was not supplied when I bought the laptop.
The disk was not supplied because it was possible to create an recover disk using Toshiba recovery disk creator software which was available on the HDD!

The Toshiba recovery disk is NOT the same like common Windows installation disk!
The recovery disk contains an image and you can just run the recovery disk in order to set the notebook back to the same state like at the first day of purchase. This means, you HDD will be formatted!!!

If you don?t want to lose the file on the HDD, I would recommend booting from a Linux live CD or from WinPE disk.
WinPE can be downloaded and you could create a bootable CD.
Then you could get access to the HDD and could backup the data on external HDD or USB stick.

Google for WinPE or linux live CD to get more details

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Hi. New user to the forum and new owner of a Toshiba.

I am trying to create the 4 recovery discs for my Toshiba satellite L500-12E. Discs 1, 2 & 4 created successfully, but disc 3 failed two times. The message I received onscreen was: Failed to read the following file: F:backslash ZZImg backslash 09753xsp6.swm Error Code: 020150-20-00000000
( I cannot get the computer to type a backslash on this window)

Anyone know of a similar problem or a solution?


Answer:Satellite L500-12E - Error during creating Toshiba recovery disk

Hi Dwight,

Which disks you are using for creating Toshiba recovery disk?

I have good experience with Verbatim DVD-R. Have you tested these disks?

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When starting 64-bit version of win 7 cmd.exe script faile due to following error
ERROR could not move v:\_IMG\10185xsP*.swm to v:\HDDRecovery\SWImg

Duplicate file of file already exists.

Has anyone had similar error?
This happens when installing Win 7 as a first time startup

Answer:Satellite L500-1DT - HDD recovery Windows 7 64bit installation fails

Which notebook model do you have?
Please send full model name and model number.

You can find it on Toshiba sticker at the bottom.

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I have been arsing around with my l500-1dt. I used the shop supplied 32 bit toshiba win 7 recovery disk, but I want to recover back upto 64 bit (originally installed on the latop).

I created the 2 dvds with the toshiba recovery media creator but as my current win 7 32 bit version isn't actually broke, it doesn't seem to want to start up any recovery process when I put the disks in and restart.

I've tried holding 0 to start the HDD recovery too and seem to have the same problem.

Is there anyway to force recovery start up and install 64 bit windows 7?


Answer:Satellite L500-1DT: Force Recovery back to 64bit Win 7 from 32bit


I assume the Win 7 was already preinstalled on your notebook.
So the HDD recovery option should be still available on the HDD? Is it right?
I assume you didn?t change anything on the HDD and in such case you could try recover the notebook using HDD recovery option.

In such case you have to press F8 then you should get advanced boot menu.
Here you have to choose Repair my Computer.
New window will appear and here you need to choose HDD recovery!!!

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Hi all, just tried to launch recovery media creator on the Toshiba board and the following ERROR CODE: 0d00f6-49-00000015 appears.
This goes after a few clicks on the mouse and the program starts.

Any ideas how to mend this?
Operating system is Windows 7 64bit my new shinny laptop.

any help would be great.

Answer:Re: Satellite L500 - Error appears if I start recovery disk creator


You used not compatible disk!
You have to test different DVD from different manufacturers.
Not all DVD from different manufacturers are compatible. There are big differences between the brands? So check and try other DVD

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I bought a Toshiba Satellite L500-1XD laptop from an Argos store in August. Soon after I got it it occasionally restarted itself and displayed the blue recovery screen saying the laptop has recovered from a hardware failure. This has become more frequent recently and it often shuts down, displays blue screen, restarts and does this over and over again.

I have not installed many new programmes on the laptop and have installed all updates. I have removed any programmes I did install with the exception of Microsoft Office.

Another thing that might be related if that when the laptop starts up it says the Toshiba Service Station has stopped working and tries to check for a solution to the problem.

I would any appreciate any advice on how I could perhaps remedy this

Thanks in anticipation

Answer:Satellite L500-1XD constantly restarting & displaying blue recovery screen

Hi katrina_1,

That means the preinstalled Windows version is still installed, right?!

Well, I think it?s hard to say why it happens? It could be a software or hardware malfunction. Both could be possible.
The most reasons for blue screens are drivers or hardware itself? Are all devices installed properly in device manager or do you see yellow exclamation marks?

In your case I would try to reinstall Windows. Maybe it?s only a software or driver issue?
Furthermore if you have installed two RAM modules, test it with one module only. You can also use ?Memtest86? or another RAM diagnostic tool to test the RAM modules for failures.

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My pc start acting up after i made a system restore.For exemple i cant use the fn key function.

Last week i decided to format my pc. But when i opened the TOSHIBA Recovery Disc Creator i got an unespected error 0D00F6-49-00000001.

I mananged to create 2 of the 4 dvd's. Im using Dvd-r from memorex.
Can someone help.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Answer:Satellite L500 - cannot create recovery disks - 0D00F6-49-00000001 error

Is this the first time you try to create recovery discs?

How you have created 2 discs if the Toshiba recovery disc creator starts with error?

Anyway, in this forum you can find similar threads. Probably is some recovery file corrupted and disc cannot be created.
I don?t think there is something you can do about it. Either it works or not. Maybe you should contact nearest Toshiba service and explain the situation. I hope they can help you with this and order original Toshiba DVD disc for you.

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Dear All,
I need help I have Satellite L500-1GJ windows 7 home Premium. With recovery CD I installed OS but after complete installation my laptop screen shows with lot of rectangular dots on the screen and freezes , I tried many times and it comes to the same problem. Find attached screen shot.

Thanking you.
Best Regards

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Hi there,

Brand new Toshiba Satellite L500-11V, first thing create the TOSHIBA Recovery Discs, disc 1 no problems but disc 2 never finishes it gets half way through and just stops. Even left it over night and nothing!!!

End up quitting the program and starting again, i now have 4 copies of disc 1??!!

Any ideas people??
(also fully up to date with windows updates)

Many thanks


Answer:Satellite L500-11V - Recovery Disc Creator crashes on disc 2

Windows updates are not relevant for all this.

Which empty medias do you use, DVD-/+/R/RW?

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I need a new keyboard for my L500 and found out, that the keyboad of the P200 (and some other models) seems to be the same (105 keys, num pad, 2 win keys). Are those keyboards 100% compatible or do they just look the same?

Answer:Satellite L500 and Satellite P200 - compatible keyboards?


In my opinion this question is for Toshiba service and not for user-to-user forum.

Anyway I think that both keyboards are not the same and you should order 100% identical keyboard designed for your notebook model.

Question is: why do you look for keyboards for old notebook models if you can order new one for L500.
On eBay you can get it quite affordable.

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hi there!!

i had a toshiba satellite a300 that unfortunately died... i want to take the hard disk drive from it an put it on my cousin's toshiba satellite l500 laptop...
I siply put it to l500 but it stacks at a point that shows again and again something about media test and more...

What i'm supposed to do?
Te strange (to me that i'm not very computer guy) is that at bios setting shows the model of the hard disk...
I mean that the l500 recognises the drive...please help me...

thanks in advance..

Answer:HDD swop from Satellite A300 to Satellite L500


Satellite A300 supports the same HDD like a Satellite L500. Both use the SATA HDD therefore the inserted HDD should work.
Its good sign, that the HDD is visible in BIOS. This means that HDD is recognized and in good condition.

I?m wondering what you have done after the HDD has been inserted.
Did you try to install the system using Toshiba recovery disk or another disk?
Did you try to format the HDD firstly?

Try to boot form the system disk and format the HDD firstly.
Then follow with system installation

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Anyone from Romania with a Satellite L500-126?

I had a problem with my Vista oem and I want to reinstall it and don't have recovery disks.

Thank you

Answer:Satelllite L500-126: I want to reinstall it and don't have recovery disks


Satellite L500-126 was delivered without the recover disk but with the HDD recovery option! This means that you can recover the notebook without the usage if Recovery disk.

Start the notebook pressing F8.
Choose the function: Repair my Computer and then new window will appear.
Then you would get new option with recovery HDD

Should work?

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Satellite L500/049
Part Number - PSLS3A-049002

my note book model is this one. When i buy this computer on last December. I install 32bit Window 7 . Then i found out the ram only used 2.84GB.

So i follow the toshiba webpage to recover my computer and upgrate to 64bit Window7. But final i found out the ram still 4GB (2.84GB used)

so how can i make the ram from 2.84 to 4.00 GB ?????? = ''4.00GB (4.00GB used)


Answer:4GB ram use on Satellite L500/049


Not sure if it solves your problem but try:

Go Start-Control Panel-System security -Administrative tools- System configuration-Boot - advanced options
make sure that maximum Memory option is not checked. If it's checked, uncheck, press Apply, Ok and restart.

Message was edited by: Jeka-IL

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On the spesifications of the Satelite L500-1V1 it says that there is 4096MB DDR3 RAM with 1066MHz, but why is there only 533MHz in each card?

I don't suppose you have to multiply it with 2?

Answer:RAM MHZ on Satellite L500-1V1


As far as I know the notebook has been equipped with the DDR3 1066MHz (PC3-8500) 2GB modules?
There are two modules means notebook uses 4GB RAM.

But the 1066MHz can be reached only if the FSB (front side bus) would support 1066MHz too?


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I have a Toshiba Satellite L500-1XC. will it take an solid state drive to replace the hdd inside it now?
I was looking at the Toshiba 120gb stor.E comes with caddy, cables, and software to clone you old hdd, its SATA III.


Answer:Can I use SSD with my Satellite L500-1XC?

Of course you can use SSD. When you do this you will see how fast your notebook runs.
I recommend you Samsung 840 Series SSD. I use it with my Satellite notebook.

Which one you want to use is your decision.

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I have a Satellite L500-02C and I install Windows 7 32bit from original version of 64bit to run application that wouldn't work on it. I have installed all drivers for the 32bit, but I am having trouble getting the drivers for the touchpad (synaptic) also the driver for the function keys. I have tried the Toshiba web site download from there but they don't work.

Can anyone help?

Answer:Re: Satellite L500-02C

Download and install the 32bit versions of the Toshiba Value Added Package and the Flashcards Support Utility from the L500 drivers page. 64bit version may not work.

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When I ran a diagnostic report on my laptop (Satellite L500-1XL) it said that my RAM was low and to upgrade it for better performance - it has been very slow to start up as of late.
However I have discovered that my model has been discontinued and I'm not sure what to do.
Any suggestions?

Bear in mind I am a total novice when it comes to computers so nothing too technical please!
Thank you.

Answer:Low RAM in Satellite L500-1XL

With more RAM your notebook will have better performance.
According notebook specification your notebook is delivered with 2 GB RAM but it can be upgraded up to 4 GB.

So buy second 2 GB RAM and upgrade your notebook.

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I cannot get my Toshiba Satellite L500 13T PSLJ3E to work. Here is the timeline:

1. I brought it with Win Vista, It worked great for about 6 months but started slowing down and I decided to change it to Windows 7

2. I installed the Windows 7 using custom install(creating new "windows" folder, not upgrading Vista). Once again it worked great for about a month, but once again it ran into trouble - showing the Windows 7 version of the blue screen of death for 0.5 seconds followed by a restart.

3. I browsed the net and they said that the easiest way to get rid of the problem is to re-install. I did it(after trying several windows repairs) but yes, thats right, it died - before starting the windows it showed problems with Realtek Wireless.

4. I had hopes that third time - the charm will work and re-re-installed the W7(every time using new installation).
Once more time - doesnt work, but this time I cannot even get to install it - the windows installer stops at around 60% of the expanding files and says: problems with the media device. And after the restart I cannot find the Hard Drive(the BIOS shows only FDD and CD/DVD)

Now I'm stuck here, the only way to start the windows is by Safe Mode on my Wondows installed on point 3, yet not every time .
Unfortunately the first of my Recovery DVDs cannot start and on top of that I cannot enter into the recovery partition by pressing 0 at start up, but I see the Recovery Partition when I go to the WIndows in... Read more

Answer:Cannot run the OS on Toshiba Satellite L500

Blue screen and then restart sound's like something with hardware is wrong. I had something like that when my RAM module failed. Check your memory using memtest.

PS. I will not recommend installing windows on windows and reinstalling it. Better format drive and install new clean OS.

edit: or maybe something with your hard drive - if you had an option pull out you hard drive and check it on another computer using HDtune (or something like that)

Message was edited by: Jurgo

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I didn't use my laptop for 2 weeks and now when I try to turn it on there is no sign of life other than the power lights at the front when it's plugged in. It's not just a screen issue - there are no whirring noises or anything when I try to turn it on, I just get nothing.

So far I have tried:

A power cycle
Changing the power supply and battery with my dad's identical computer.
Removing each of the two RAM sticks one at a time, repeating the power cycle, and trying to turn on.
Disconnecting the DVD drive and turning on.

None of these worked.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Answer:Satellite L500-1XD will not turn on


> Removing each of the two RAM sticks one at a time, repeating the power cycle, and trying to turn on.

What you could try to power up the unit using the RAM modules which are used in Dad?s identical notebook.
In case this does not help, I would assume some kind of motherboard malfunction might be the reason why the notebook cannot be powered ON.

How to solve this?
I guess you have no many options; the faulty part needs to be replaced. But I think this is a matter of expense

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I have a L500-19Z laptop and wish to plug it into TV to watch films. Noticed it has an HDMI port.

Would an HDMI cable be sufficient to plug into TV? It also has another port similar to a DV port? can you use this also? if so what cable would I need for the latter.


Answer:Plugging Satellite L500-19Z into TV

If your notebook and TV have HDMI ports then buy high quality HDMI cable and use it to cvonnect your notebook to the TV.

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Hi, I have recently bought a brand new toshiba laptop but I am already concerned that the fan automatically turns itself on and off every 30 seconds. It gets really annoying and I haven't known any other laptop to do it. is there something wrong with the laptop already or is it normal?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Satellite L500 1XC Fan query

Try please to set ?cooling method? to minimum level. Notebook should run much quieter than before and without permanent on/off switching for cooling vent.

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

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I just bought a new Satellite L500-1EH, Windows 7 and none of my function keys work with the fn keys seem to work (meaning that when I press fn key + one of the function keys nothing happens). Does somebody know how can I solve it?

thank you very much,

Answer:Satellite L500-1EH - Nothing happens if I press a FN key


What do you think about installing the drivers for FN keys?
You have to download Toshiba Value Added Package that you can find on the Toshiba website. > Support & Downloads > Download Drivers

I had a similar issue and after installing this Toshiba all everything works. :)

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hi everyone, i currently have a toshiba satellite L500, running windows 7, 3 gb ram 350gb hdd..

it was running fine until a fortnight ago, when my computor kept popping up message in the far bottom right hand corner saying windows error, critical error, youre hdd is missing, missing RAM etc etc, a window popped up telling me to do a system scan which i did and it came up with all these very bad errors.. it them popped up a program calle dmemory optimizer and told me to scan and do a defrag.. which i did.. and then teh next thingi knew, the hdd had disapeared from my computor, i couldnt access anything on the desktop, but could tab between the pages i already had open. then teh whole thing crashed.

i did a recovery on my own, and the error appeared to be fixed.. but then would only work properly in safe mode. so i took it to a repairer who charged me $188, reformatt teh whole drive, put on a copy of kapersky and office full version..

the day after getting it home, i noticed when i was typing things, the cursor would move about the page on its own, and id end up typing in the middle of what id already typed, sooo frustrating!! so the tech man suggested i download a program called touchfreeze.. and it fixed it..

now the last day or two, ill be in the middle of working on my laptop and it will just go to a black screen.. and it will resume when i press the mousepad, or it will completely turn off and go into sleep mode..
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Answer:Issues with my Satellite L500

Hey man you bomb us with all these issues and your last issue is pretty confusing.
Before we start discussion tell me one: do you use Toshiba recovery image (original operating system you got with your notebook)?

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Can I change the CPU and GPU on my Satellite L500-210? If so, what is compatible?

Memory DDR3 2x2024 (4096 mb)
Chipset GM45
BIOS 2.10 05/06/2010
Socket P ( 478 pin micro FCPGA )
is currently INTEL DUAL-CORE T4500 2x2.3 GHz x64
GPU: Ati Radeon HD 4500 series 512 MB

Can I put a CORE 2 QUAD e.g. 9000 / 9100 / 9200 ?

Answer:Can I change the CPU and GPU on my Satellite L500-210?

Before we start discussion about this check please at first.

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Hi all,

The DVD is not recognized when a dvd is popped into the laptop.
I have tried to reinstall the driver but no luck.
Does anyone have an idea?



Answer:DVD is not recognized on Satellite L500-1XJ

It is not easy to say what is wrong there.
We don?t even know which DVDs do you use.

Maybe you should write little bit more about all this and offer some fact and relevant info. You know, for better understanding.

By the way, which driver you have installed again?

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Hi everyone,

I'm looking to replace the existing 2Gb factory fit memory with 2 x 4Gb .

I've purchased the memory after confirming the memory requirements by manufacturer and model.
When installed the Bios correctly reports 8Gb installed yet when I allow the computer to boot the screen sits blankly with a cursor blinking in the top left corner. Leaving the unit for up to an hour makes no difference.

I've tried to load each sim individually with the same result and have replaced the memory once already with the supplier to no avail.

The memory supplier has now suggested going back to Toshiba (I guess out of desperation).

Am I doing anything fundamentally wrong ?

Answer:Upgrading RAM on Satellite L500-1XC to 8GB

> I've purchased the memory after confirming the memory requirements by manufacturer and model.
Can you please explain this with more details?

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I have an 4-5 years old Toshiba L500-128 and I'd like to upgrade the CPU. Atm I have a Core 2 Duo T6500. I know that I can put a T9500 in it, but if possible I'd like to put even a better one. So I have a few questions:

1) Can I put a CPU with 1066 FSB speed and will it work? T6500 has 800 FSB.
2) Can I put a CPU with 44 or 45W TDP? T6500 has 35W.
3) If answer is yes to both previous questions, can I put a CPU with 1066 FSB and 45W?

Is possible I'd like to put something like T9900 or even a Quad Core.

Thanks in advance :)

Answer:CPU upgrade for Satellite L500-128

>1) Can I put a CPU with 1066 FSB speed and will it work? T6500 has 800 FSB.

In my opinion you should check the chipset compatibility and the CPU support.
As far as I know the notebook?s motherboard supports the Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset

On Intel Ark page I could find the Intel mobile GM45 chipset specs and compatible products:

However, fact is that new CPU needs to be supported by the chipset and BIOS.
If one of the parts (chipset or BIOS) would not support the new CPU, the notebook will not boot up.

Additionally you should also know that notebook manufacturers don?t support CPUs upgrade.
What does this mean exactly?

This means that even if the chipset would support new CPU, the BIOS could be the troublemaker and would not support the upgraded CPU. From my long experience, there are no information about the BIOS support. Therefore the CPU upgrade is always an risky procedure. Maybe it will work, maybe not?

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Hi All

Hope somebody could help me.
I have the L500-19X and the hard drive has failed.

How do I l know which one to buy to replace it.
I can't find any details anywhere

Many thanks in advance of your help

Answer:Satellite L500-19X - HDD has failed


You need an 2.5? SATA HDD.
Since SATA interface has no limitation, you should be able to use any SATA 2.5? HDD

Here are nice movies how to replace a HDD:


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Im looking to upgrade my Toshiba L500-1ZP
Upgrade includes 2 x 4GB DDR3 1066Mhz a SSD 500GB and changing out the current i3 330M with an i5 580M (tdp on both is 35W)

The only problem im walking against is Bios support for the i5 580M
Did Toshiba make 1 bios version for ALL L500 series laptops?
ifso can any one tell me if there is a toshiba l500 series laptop with a i5 580m cpu?

Thanks in advanced?

Answer:RAM upgrade of Satellite L500

not sure about the bios, but you might wanna make sure that the i3 die is the same as the i5 die (in shape and size). It should be because mobile i3/5/7's are basically all the same 2c4t with different clocks and cache amounts

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Hi, My Satellite L500 won't boot. It will respond to F2 or F12 but just returns to a blank black screen with a flashing cursor as soon as setup is exited. I've removed/replaced battery and memory cards and also hdd but it has made no difference. I've tried F6 but this doesn't ssem to work. Anyone got any ideas please? Thanks

Answer:Satellite L500 Won't boot up


What is the model number of your L500?

Have you tried running Recovery (by holding down the Zero key during Power On, or using the Recovery options in the Windows F8 Menu)?

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Hi, I would like to get a new charger for Toshiba. My first charger got lost and the second charger that I bought from ebay 3 months ago for ?10,- has stopped working. Where can I get a charger from? I googled and I found couple of wesbites e.g.

Chargers cost around 25-30 GBP. I don't want anymore problems with a charger. I am already behind schedule...
Where can I get a good charger from or that is genuine. Any other suggestions are welcome

Thank you in advance

Answer:Where can I get new charger for Satellite Pro L500-1D4?

The charger you found is OK and I think you don't need original Toshiba charger.
If you want to have Toshiba one the part number is PA3716E-1AC3.

Check it out. Googling around you will find it.

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Can anyone tell me if there is any win 10 drivers and how can I update bios if I don't have a running battery , I keep the laptop plug in and I get a error message because I don't have more then 10% on battery

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Hoping someone can provide with me some insight. I'm buying a new computer and other than Harmon Kardon speakers, I don't seem to see a huge difference between the L500 and the A500 series. To be more specific, here are the models I'm looking at. As you can see, they differ in price quite a bit, so what's the story? Is there a huge difference in the system other than the speakers?

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And yes, I'm aware of all the customization options, but even if they have the EXACT same specs, that A series is still more expensive. Why?

Answer:Satellite A500 or L500 - which is better?

I would go for the A500, because its generally a higher end model with faster components.

The A500 has an Intel CPU and dedicated ATI graphics, compared to the L500D which has an AMD CPU and a slower ATI Graphics chip.

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My notebook have a built in camera, and this camera thos not inicialize,

I ave done a HDD recovery, and after that the web camera software was not installed. I downloaded de this software an the camera drivers and instaled it in the laptop, but the camera, but the camera doesn't work any way.

There are some way to fix it?

Thank you.

Answer:Satellite L500 - Web Cam is not working

The question is: is cam hardware recognized and detected by the system or not?
Can you see it in device manager?

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Recently I noticed that my newly acquired Toshiba Satellite Laptop's fan (Windows 7 64 Bit, Pentium T4300) is permanently running at approx. 50% (according to the Toshiba PC Health Monitor), even if there's 0% CPU usage.

Is this normal?
Or do I have to change some settings in the BIOS or something?

I also believe this effect started after a BIOS update which was released by Toshiba a few days ago...

Thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite L500-1C7 - FAN runs at 50%


Did you load the default settings in BIOS after the update?

Furthermore you can adjust the cooling method in Windows Power Options. There you can set the cooling method for each power profile, for example Maximum Performance or Battery Optimized. I would recommend choosing the Battery Optimized cooling method, it?s enough in my opinion and the notebook is more silent.
Check this!!!


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Hi there

I have a toshiba Satellite L500 and windows vista is full of AppCrashes, so i wanted to restore the windows partition.The problem is that I can't start windows recovery rom pressing F8 or hdd recovery pressing 0 key. When i press f8 and choose the windows recovery it just ignores me, shows me a blak sren and the menu again.
I tried using Hiren's boot to start, before my pen burned off, and i could the recovery partions, i just can't boot from them.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Can't recover Satellite L500

Hi Luis

To be honest I didn?t understand what happen exactly but check please follow Toshiba document -
and check how it works.

Please post some feedback with exact explanation what happen when you try to start HDD recovery installation.

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sorry my english is not so good and I hope you can help me.

Today my dog run over my laptop and the key K is broken. The plastic on the key is broken. Is it possible I can only order the key K for myy notebook?
I bought the notebook in last year and I need my notebook every day. Thank you so much for your help.

Best regards,

Answer:The key K is broken on Satellite L500-R19

As far as I know you cannot order one single key but if only the small key cap is broken but small mechanism is not defective you can try to contact Toshiba service and ask for help.
I?m 100% sure they have enough defective keyboards and can give you this single key cap.

Pay a coffee and maybe you will get one. ;)

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Answer:I can find HDD for Satellite L500


I don?t understand what you mean exactly;
You cannot find HDD for this notebook or cannot find Windows installed on HDD?
Can you boot Windows; yes or no?

PS: it would be really, really useful for all other users here in the forum, if you could spend a little bit more effort writing an posting here; means more info and more user-friendly text.

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Hello fellow Toshiba users..

i had vista on my Satellite L500-12E and i installed XP while im waiting for W7 to arrive since it will take 60 days....

Can someone please point out which drivers i need to get these functions to work...

-Multimedia keys the ones beside the power on button ( sound on/off is the only one wich works).
-FN keys.
-Ethernet output.

Thank you in advance

Answer:Satellite L500-12E - Need some XP drivers

Go to and download the xp drivers , if you put your pc serial number it will indentify it automaticaly and give you the drivers , then just choose the ones you want , did you got any problem on installing xp? I got a L500 13W and i already got a BSOD on windows 7 , so i was thinking on installing xp...

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I just instaled Win XP on my L500-13Z but I cant find any driver for my motherboard card. It seems that it is a Toshiba motherboard called KSWAA 1.00 but I didnt find any XP driver...
Hope I'll find some help here.

Thank you


Answer:Need drivers for Satellite L500-13Z with win XP


As far as I know newest notebook models will not be supported for WXP anymore. At some point WXP must be history and you should use newest hardware with newest OS.
Anyway, your notebook model has Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset and if you need WXP drivers you are on your own. Google is your friend! ;)

I just hope you have created recovery installations DVD before you installed WXP.

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I formatted my Satellite L500-1ZP (PSLS9E) and thought idd install win xp instead of win7 (dont have the backup disk/partition)
now when i start it up with the windows XP cd in it the blue screen "windows setup" starts but when its finished loading it gives me an error code:
"*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78DA63C, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)"

I've read somewhere that I need to download SATA drivers for my laptop and make a windows xp installation disk with the SATA drivers on it???

I've tried searching these drivers but i dont know wich ones i need and how to make the installation disk
Do I copy my original windows XP home cd and put the drivers in a folder somewhere on the disk?

I hope someone can solve my problem because the laptop is just one year old and I dont really want to buy a new one...

Answer:How to install WXP on my Satellite L500-1ZP?

I just hope you have created recovery DVD before you have started to install own OS. After own OS installation you will not have access to recovery data anymore.

You are right. For WXP installation you need SATA driver. How to install WXP on newer notebook models you can read on

At the end I must say that your last sentence is pretty confusing for me. You have bought notebook designed for Win7 and you want to use old WXP on it. Do you really think you must buy new notebook if you want to install WXP?

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The AC Adaptor on my Satellite L500 died while the laptop was in for warranty repairs (again), the repairer put the cord straight in the bin without recording the part number for me.

How can I find out the PA number to buy a replacement adaptor?


Answer:Need new AC Adaptor for Satellite L500


What you need is 19V AC adapter. You can use several AC adapters but can you please post exact notebook model name (L500-xxx)?

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Just got the laptop out of the box (new) - turned it on.
Windows 7 Administrtaor account is locked and Other User won't recognise password / name.


Answer:Cannot boot Satellite L500 - new out of the box


Try this:
Power up the unit and press F8.
Choose Repair My Computer and then choose HDD Recovery.
The HDD recovery should start again and you should be able to reinstall the OS.

Good luck

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I have a Toshiba L500-176 with Windows 7 Home Premium (64), only one month old and I have a problem with it.
Suddenly, it stopped connecting via wifi, I thought it would be to have installed or uninstalled a program and restores the system to a previous point where if it worked, but still did not detect connections, so I restored the former point, asin but I kept working.
I have tried to activate the wifi with the famous combination fn + f8 but as happens to many people is no particular combination appears on the screen (but on the keyboard). So look at the ConfigFree where it appears that the wlan connection is not available. "

The connections via ethernet cable running smoothly, but as withdrawal cord, no wifi option anywhere.

I tried to fix it with drivers available for this model but no way, as a last alternative format the computer to see if he returned to its original state, but still not working, the wifi light comes on only when you reboot, at first.

There a solution? why looking for information I've found many people with the same problem and few solutions.

PD: certainly in the device manager you see only the Realtek PCIe Controller Family. And right now I have no ethernet cable connected...

Message was edited by: Maryan

Answer:Cannot enable and use Wi-Fi on my Satellite L500-176


> as a last alternative format the computer to see if he returned to its original state, but still not working
> certainly in the device manager you see only the Realtek PCIe Controller Family

As I see, you have made a factory restores settings but it is still not working. Also, it's not shown in device manager that makes me think that there is hardware malfunction related to wifi module. You said it's only one month and still under warranty. So, contact the Asp (service center) in your country:

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I just purchased a new L500/00U, took it home, plugged it, turned it on and it has been in configuration mode with a few reboots for over an hour.

Is this normal?

Answer:New Satellite L500/00U keeps configuring

I?m afraid it is normal. Last week I got friends Satellite L500 and I have noticed the same.
To be honest I thought something was wrong with it but finally after almost a hour OS was installed and configured properly.

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L500 suddenly started to hang on shutdown forcing manual power off sequence next morning. "Shutting Down" message visible. On power up login process sometimes fails. I have resorted to starting in safe-mode and shutting down before "starting the day" normally to be on the safe side. Nothing installed but Adobe Air upgraded.

Any one else experiencing similar symptoms?

Answer:Satellite L500 - Won't shutdown

Maybe other programs (like adobe... something) are looking for updates and blocking shutdown or maybe you have some bugs on you computer. Scan computer for viruses and some malware.

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Hi I have this laptop and I want to know if I can do hardware upgrade (cpu , gpu , memory etc.)

Also I want to ask if i can put this cpu " i3-330M 2.13Ghz socket PGA98A " its from another L 500 but I don't know more .

Thanks .

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after leaving my 18 month old L 500 on over night it will not start a brief orange blink on the edge is all that happens it is fully charged any ideas its been fine till now

Answer:Satellite Pro L500 - Will not switch on

Hi buddy,

Hmm... Properly it?s a hardware malfunction...

But in your case I would try this:
Remove the battery and AC/DC adapter. Then wait at least one hour and then connect battery and AC/DC adapter again. Make sure battery is charged and try to start the notebook.

Does it start now?

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i had to recover my Satellite L500 ( windows 7 )after the originial hard drive crashed and I had to replace it with a new hard drive(Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BPVT 500GB). I used the original recovery dvd but the installation stoped after the reboot while starting windows. with this error message: Setup Could not configure Windows on this hard ware.

Does anybody know a solution to this problem?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Canīt recover Satellite L500

Hello Florian

Have you tried to install recovery image few times?
Does it always end with same error message?

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i bought this computer about a month ago and for the past week it has begun freezing for no reason.

I could be using the internet or i could be using Word it could even just be sitting there idle and it freezes up.
Ctrl Alt Del dosent even work the only way to rectify the problem is turn the power off and restart. I brought the computer because i am doing a uni degree online and this really isnt helping.

Answer:Satellite L500 keeps freezing


Did you notice an higher temperature while notebook freezes?
In most cases an higher, internal temperature could be the reason for such similar notebook symptoms.

How about new OS installation?
Did you try this?

If not, I recommend running the HDD recovery which would allow you to reset the unit back to factory settings?

You should also check the RAM using an memtest tool...

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I see that I have three Primary partitions already made on this new L500 ~
1.) 2GiB /dev/hda1 for Toshiba Recovery,
2.) 330+GiB (C:) for Vista and 3.) 12GiB /dev/hda3 ???.

I need to dual boot two windows installations and use and extended partition for Linux and Storage.

What is the third partition for and can I configure things so that I can save it within a Logical Partition ?

My aim is:

/dev/hda1 = Toshiba Recovery
/dev/hda2 = Vista
/dev/hda3 = Windows 7 ~ RC7
/dev/hda4 = Extended for all others ( including Linux, the 12GiB existing and a common storage space as well.)

Any suggestions or thoughts before I dive in ?

Regards, SnapafunFrank

Answer:Satellite L500 - What is the third partition on HDD?


The third partition belongs to Vista.
Vista creates two partitions; one a usual partition to install system and the second hidden partition for backup files. These backup files are important for Vista. Vista needs it to repair the OS if something will go wrong?

So it?s strongly recommended to leave this partition on the HDD?

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Hello, I have to replace my whole heatsink on my Satellite L500-1XZ. Any idea where I can find a heatsink for that model, because I searched and searched and can't find anything yet.
The exact model is L500-1XZ PSLJHE
number on the heatsink is: AT0920020V0 AVCS 0A 101E

Please if somebody have any info about where I can find heatsink help me! Thank you!

Answer:Re: Need new heatsink for my Satellite L500-1XZ

I my opinion all L500 have the same construction and I also think that you must simply search heatsink for L500. With a little bit luck you can find it on eBay or googling around.

Other way contact nearest Toshiba service provider and ask if you can order a part with this part number. I hope they can do this for you.

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Just bought Satellite L500/01K upgraded to window 7 (32 bit).
Only Fn (F6 F7) key don't work.

Tried to uninstall TVAP and Toshiba flashcards support utility and reintall them, restart the computer and still don't work.
The Toshiba ECO mode utility also don't work but i think this could be because the screen brightness can't be adjusted.

Could anyone help on this matter. Thanks

Answer:Satellite L500/01K - Fn (F6 & F7) don't work


That means all FN keys work without the FN keys for screen brightness control?

It would be interesting to know which versions of TVAP and Flash Cards Support Utility you have used for reinstalling. On Windows 7 you need the newest versions as far as I know, both must be released for Windows 7.
Check this!!!

If you reinstall the applications, remove all old versions first. Restart your notebook and then install TVAP firstly. After one more restart you can install Flash Cards Support Utility and all FN keys should start work.

Last but not least ECO mode utility should also be reinstalled. ;)

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I would like to ask for your help in the following problem:

I bought a Toshiba L500-14Z (PSLJDE-001007G3) and I would like to use it with windows XP.
I read that I must find the drivers manually for my hardware-s, but I am not sure...
Which models have the same Chipset, LAN, Soundcard, Videocard, WIFI?

I found only this information, and it was not enough for me:
(I mean it is not too specific about the given hardware parts...)

- T6500 Intel GM45 Express chipset
(Any other GM45 Chipset driver can be used, or should I search for one with the same processor?)
(Is the soundcard included in the chipset driver? If not... what sound driver should I use? - I didn't find any specification about the soundcard.)

- Intel WiFi Link 5100 network adapter
(Is it LAN + WIFI?)

- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570

I would really appreciate your help!

Answer:Satellite L500-14Z - Need XP drivers


As you said the notebook supports the Mobile Intel(R) GM45 Express Chipset.
The driver can be found here:

The Wlan card is Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN and the drivers are here:

The graphic card is a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570.
I think you will need to check some 3rd party pages for a compatible driver because I didn?t find anything on the Toshiba page?

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i can't install Windows 8.1 (Windows 8 is running successfull). Is this "by design" (maybe missing support for things like PAE, NX or SSE2. see

Thanks for help


Answer:Satellite L500-1C7 and Windows 8.1

If Win 8 runs on your notebook properly, then it should be possible to upgrade the Win 8 to Windows 8.1 too…

In order to get Win 8.1, install all Win 8 updates and then access the Windows Store to get the Win 8.1 update.

It should be possible to install the Win 8.1 update in case Win 8 is already up to date.

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I would like to ask if this model can take video card with bigger memory or if this card can take bigger memory
''ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4500 Series (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM v1.1)''
Thank you .

Answer:Satellite L500-1D9 - GPU with more memory

Check please
Toshiba doesn't support GPU upgrade so you cannot use more powerful graphic card with your notebook.

Unfortunately hardware upgrade is very limited and supported is RAM and HDD upgrade.

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Hello To Every One.

Dear All.

I Have *Toshiba Setellite L500-14F* Model and Currently i am Running Windows 7 On it ,As It Did Not Came With Any OS So i Install Windows 7 on it.

So Now I Want To Install Windows XP on it , As I am Facing Some Problems to Work With Some Software Which Are Not Supporting and Having Compatibility Issues With Windows 7.

I Had Allready Downloaded All Drivers For Windows XP For This Notebook.
By Reading and Searching The Forums I Found Out That I Need To Upgrade They BIOS Also So I Did That But Invain.

So Please Help By Guiding Me That What Steps Do I Had To Take To Successfully Install The Windows Xp on This Machine. As I Am Faild Twice A Time.

Thanks in Advance

And Best Regards

Answer:I want to install Win XP on Satellite L500-14F


if you want to install Xp on your computer, you need to change Sata Controller in Bios ,,Compatible,, otherwise you will meet a blue screen during installation. It's because of AHCI drivers Then after installation, you can download and install Storage Manager and return AHCi mode in Bios. You can also integrate them into Windows disk.

you can read here:

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My brother's Laptop refuses to start up, It won't even let me get into Safe Mode by pressing F8, I have to hold the power on button but when I let go the power light comes on for about a second but then disappears.

This happened after It asked him to do a System Restore at start-up, but then it didn't boot up after that, Any help?

Answer:Satellite L500-DT1 won't Start Up


Can you enter the Bios pressing F2 on powering up? Have you tried to restore from Hdd recovery? You say that has started after trying to do a System restore, so I guess the bootsect.exe corrupted... If you have Windows live Cd try to boot up from it.

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Does anyone know where in the UK (Web or email address) I can obtain a Hard drive caddy and screws for a Satellite L500-1XC. Part No.AM073000200 ?


Answer:Satellite L500-1XC - Need HDD Caddy


What caddy do you need exactly?
An external USB 2.5? HDD caddy in order to connect the notebook?s HDD to an USB port?

As far as I know the notebook supports SATA 2.5? HDD so you will need an SATA USB caddy.

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I have a Satellite L500 purchased in Portugal. My daughter has filled the keyboard with sugary tea. Fortunately the computer still works, but the keys are now very sticky and do not work properly.
I want to replace the keyboard. Will a UK spec board work on the computer? I changed the keyboard settings in Windows whilst using the Portuguese board.

Failing that, can I use a usb board with the laptop?

Answer:Need new keyboard for Satellite L500

> Will a UK spec board work on the computer?
Yes. Just be sure you have right keyboard designed for L500. You can get it cheap on eBay.
> Failing that, can I use a usb board with the laptop?
Of course.

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