Worked fine for a week or so until last night. Booted up ok, but gadgets did not appear nor did Yahoo Messenger which starts automatically.
I couldn't click on any items on the desktop or the bar across the bottom of the screen. Shut down and was asked if I wanted to force shut down of applications which were still running. I said yes.
Laptop shut down and then when I restarted it came up with the Toshiba splash screen and the starting Windows and the Windows logo but then got the message that Windows failed to start and did I want to start normally or repair. I ran repair, but all aI get after Windows is loading files is the cursor on a black screen.
I've tried switching off and then I get the message when starting back up to say that WIndows did not start sucessfully and do I want to repair or start normally?
If I click on repair it comes up saying Windows is loading files and then I just get the cursor on a black screen. The hard disk light is not lit and nothing seems to happen (I used to get a new window appear).
I've tried pressing F8 at start up and I select the option to Repair Windows, but this just says starting Windows and then I get the cursor on the black screen as above. I've also tried changing the boot sequence so that it boots from CD/DVD first and inserting the recovery disks, but again nothing.
I'm now getting really fed up having reinstalled everything at least 4 times in the past couple of weeks.
a) buy a new copy of Windows 7 and ditch the recovery partition as it obviosuly doesn't seem to want to work;
b) throw the whole 18 month old laptop away and buy another make or
c) is there a possibility that it's the hard drive which is failing and should I buy a new hard drive and Windows 7 DVD?
Re: Satellite L650 won't boot
in response to: Nigel May
I ran repair, but all aI get after Windows is loading files is the cursor on a black screen.
but this just says starting Windows and then I get the cursor on the black screen as above. I've also tried changing the boot sequence so that it boots from CD/DVD first and inserting the recovery disks, but again nothing.
Sounds like HDD is faulty.
You can test the HDD using freeware tool like Drive Fitness Test or similar… but drive fitness test would help you to create an bootable disk which would test the HDD.
I think the HDD should be replaced if errors would be detected… according to the info from the other thread, you have created a recover disk… so it should not be a big problem to reinstall the OS once again after the HDD has been replaced.