I have no problem doing a complete restore.
Model Number is XXXXX
When I turn on the computer it opens in a "DOS" like screen and says:
"Windows Error Recovery
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
If windows files have been damaged or configured incorrectly, startup repair can help diagnose and fix the problem. If power was interupted during startup, choose start windows normally."
The options are:
"Launch Startup Repair (recommended)
Start Windows Normally"
Then it says:
"Description: Fix problems that are preventing windows from starting"
When I choose "Launch Startup Repair" the screen turns grey for a long time and then gives the message that I originally put in my question (about the boot disc)
So I don't see an option to press f2 or any boot or setup options.
I tried pressing F2 repeatedly upon start-up, but nothing happened. I was able to press f8 and tried to select "last successful configuration" or something like that, but the screen just went grey and nothing happened for so long that I got tired of waiting - that was just now also.
So now what?
Description: Fix problems that are preventing windows from starting
Can you give me the model # XXXXX your Toshiba?
Model No: L505 GS50 35
When I press F9 at startup, the screen jumps quickly to the same screen as before (only faster):
Start Windows Normally"
Is there another key to try in order to get to the System Bios?
I pressed the zero key and restarted. The screen now says exactly this:
"Windows Boot Manager
Choose an operatin systerm to start, or press TAB to select a tool:
(Use the arrow keys to highlight your choice, then press ENTER)
Windows Setup [EMS enabled]
To specify an advanced option for htis choice, press F8
Windows Memory Diagnostic"
There are no operating systems to choose from. The words "Windows Setup [EMS Enabled]" are highlighted as the only option
Nothing happened when I pressed F8 so then I pressed it a few more times and got this:
Windows failed 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 settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."
If you do not have this disc, contact your sistem administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible."
So then I powered off and pressed F8 on startup as I had done before to see if I could access that F8menu again.
This time the computer said briefly,
"Windows is loading files..." across the bottom of the screen and then it went gray again. So it is still gray.
It is just sitting with a gray screen. The activity light is not blinking at all.