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Old 01-13-2004, 02:56 AM   #1
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Talking anybody good with computers?

Hey i have about a year and a half old toshiba sattelite laptop and it says it has an IDE #1 error...anyways the dvd player just stopped working like 2 months ago and toshiba said it looks like its a problem with the hard drive. Anyways im thinking about either ( getting it fixed and selling it ) orhopefully trading it for a new used VF 30 or comparable turbo (anybody good with computers interested?) other than the dvd player it still works fine...albeit it a little slow booting up. (but overall an awesome laptop i feel like i downgraded by going to the IBM laptop since my new one doesnt have a dvd player)


Umm im not too great with computers so i just got a new IBM thinkpad anyways let me know...ill even let you look at it for a bit
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Old 01-13-2004, 03:30 AM   #2
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IDE cables run from the mother board to the drives... hard drive, DVD drive, CD drive.

It make sense that a drive would stop working.

I would open it up, see if the wires are connected properly. its the big flat ribbon type wires.

New IDE cables are pretty cheap, i would just go buy a new one and see if that fixes it.

Also make sure if you have a CD drive and a DVD drive that you have the switches on the back of them switched right. One should be master, the other slave. your BIOS settinsg should be set accordingly. but i doubt this has anything to do w/ it.

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Old 01-13-2004, 03:36 AM   #3
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laptop my man, master/slave switches?

I've got spare laptop IDE drives, not that you'd want a 1.2gb drive though.
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Old 01-13-2004, 10:25 AM   #4
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Since your laptop is merely a year and a half old, it should still be under warranty. Really if you want the best trade/use out of it, send it back to Toshiba, let them fix it for you and then you either have two perfectly good working laptops or something you don't have to trade off with caveats.
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Old 01-13-2004, 07:47 PM   #5
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I was up until about a year ago a certified Toshiba tech, and I've been working on this stuff since there's been computers to work on... so I might be able to help you.

Can you tell me a little more about the behaviour? When do you see this error?

A bad hard drive wouldn't keep the DVD from working, and it wouldn't boot into the OS if you had hard drive problems.

BTW... laptops also have master/slave settings on the hard drives, they're just always set to slave because there's only one device on each IDE controller.
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Old 01-13-2004, 11:07 PM   #6
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if the drive is removable, try taking it out and putting it back in. that will sometimes do the trick.

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