This may be lengthy, but I want to provide the best information I can:
Here is a pdf containing my netbook's exact specs, straight from toshiba's website: http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/cont...T115-S1105.pdf
I bought this netbook in January and it came preinstalled with 32-bit Windows 7 home premium. It has worked great until 3 days ago. I had just downloaded a new album and was organizing it into my library when the system got REALLY bogged down. So I began closing everything in order to restart the computer. It never truly booted again. It would boot to the login screen, but all menu (no start menu items, file menus, everything) items were gone and so was all the text for icons. This even occured in safe mode. So I rebooted, and tried the last known good config. Then it never booted again. Any attempt to repair the problem was met with failure and the repair program told me I had no restore points (when I know for a fact I did).
Stupidly I didn't make a restore disk, and toshiba doesn't provide you with any cds.
At first I thought it was a virus, but I run updated antivirus, keep up to date with windows updates, etc... Plus the album I downloaded was straight from the band's store on their website, and I've since downloaded it on my desktop where it works perfectly.
Skip to today, I've tried 2 different versions of 32 bit windows seven (ultimate and professional) and every single time I install I get the same old problem that many people have where it hangs at "Completing Installation."
Here's everything I've tried:
- loading all the drivers for the chipset/sound/wifi/lan/video prior to installation
- shift+f10, run explorer (it says it's an unknown command)
- disabling everything in the bios, one by one, all at once, in every configuration possible
- I've tried installing from an external USB2 DVD drive as well as a thumb drive
- every partition configuration you can think of (including leaving all 250 gigs unallocated)
The only thing I cannot disable in the bios is legacy USB support, when I do this the laptop doesn't recognize the usb device and I can't boot from it. How can I unplug all my usb peripherals, when the only way I can install on this thing is via USB? I tried preloading the USB drivers from toshiba's website, the installer wouldn't accept them (but it accepted everything else).
Also to note: in all the years I've built my own computers I have never seen such a terrible bios. There are almost no options in it other than turning on or off toshiba's proprietary crap. For the record AHCI is enabled, not that it matters because the result is the same either way.
I'm going on my 12th install with a new combination of bios settings try right now and I'm expecting the same results. What can I do?