Can I boot laptop with no disc?

jadedkitten Posts 2 Registration date Thursday August 13, 2009 Status Member Last seen August 14, 2009 - Aug 13, 2009 at 08:30 PM
 LuckyAtlast - May 12, 2014 at 03:13 AM

This is my first laptop (Toshiba Satellite L305-S5921), it came with Windows Vista preinstalled. It got stuck when I tried to turn it off earlier, and I was in a hurry to I took the battery out for a few seconds, and replaced it. When I turned it on a few hours later, it acts like it will start normally, but once it gets past the Toshiba screen, and the Microsoft screen like it's loading Windows, it just goes to a blank grey screen.

There is no recovery disc. If I boot, will it remove Windows completely since I don't have a disc? Sorry, I've only booted my PC, which I have a disc for.

Thank you!

2 responses

afsgun Posts 275 Registration date Wednesday May 13, 2009 Status Member Last seen September 6, 2009 38
Aug 14, 2009 at 07:25 AM
hi there,

you can boot in safe mode or normally

there is no risk of loosing data

jadedkitten Posts 2 Registration date Thursday August 13, 2009 Status Member Last seen August 14, 2009
Aug 14, 2009 at 02:13 PM
I tried that, but no matter which safe mode I choose (safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with comand prompt), it stops loading at:


then goes to a blank grey screen. :(

I was told on another forum that it should have come with a recovery disk, but I'll be darned if I can find it. I kept everything that came with it, and I never saw it when I first opened the box 6 months ago.

I don't suppose there is something I can download on my PC, put on CD ROM, and load to the laptop?

Thanks for all of your help!
Good grief > jadedkitten Posts 2 Registration date Thursday August 13, 2009 Status Member Last seen August 14, 2009
Nov 22, 2009 at 07:11 AM
Havr you found a resolution to this? I am having the same issue. Thanks
Those laptops do not come with a recovery CD. My brother has one and when he called toshiba, they told him to make his own or order one from them. The CD is free but the shipping is $24.95 (rip off). Every time he follows the instructions to make a recovery CD it stops and tells him to insert a blank CD. He has tried both CDs and DVDs with the same result. Now he is upset because his hard drive needs formatting.

I bought my son an ACER and it formatted back to factory settings without the Recovery CD to the D drive. He lost nothing but the software I installed. It was the easiest formatting I have ever done.
I had the same issue with Toshiba Satellite L305-S5921, working well in safemode but a blank white and sometimes blue screen with no cursor after a few seconds of turning on the laptop. I tried reinstalling windows 7 nothing as it started sometimes not finishing and bringing the same blank screen white or blue no cursor. it accepted windows xp service pack 3 preactivated which i used while sill looking for a solution. I tried updating Bios software but still the same window.

Luckly the problem was solved and the laptop is now ok. It is a hardware problem, in particular the BIOS Chip. I was lucky with mine the bios chip was removed and another re-soldered then Bios Data rewritten/reprogrammed onto the other bios chip on the board
kristain Posts 69 Registration date Friday March 12, 2010 Status Member Last seen May 30, 2011 20
Jun 22, 2010 at 09:25 AM
It is possible that a back-up of the operating system was installed in a separate partition of the hard drive. Turn your computer on and straight away start to slowly tap the F8 key (if this does nothing, try F1). After a few moments the Advanced Boot options menu should appear. Select the Repair Your Computer option. Choose the language that is applicable to the country you live in. On the next screen choose 'Start Microsoft Windows Repair Environment. Your computer will now attempt to repair any errors and when completed you will be asked to restart your computer.