Thanks for replying!
I've tried taking the battery out, rebooting it, pressing power button for a minute, pressing f1&f5 buttons, and f9, but no cursor appears.
I appreciate your kindness.You are helping an elderly lady who is flummoxed by this!
I must tell you that the majority of Laptop issues on Kioskea that are difficult to solve are related to Toshiba, a breed of their own. The last advice my father gave me was: "Son, stay away from Toshiba!"
I trust that when you removed the battery that you also unplug the power cable before holding the power button. Most often, this gets rid of what is called "flea" power and then the laptop breaths again.
I have two solutions for you and I think the second one is the best.
1. You can try restoring to factory out of the box settings by following the instructions hereunder:
Oh, how I wish that I'd known your dear father, words of wisdom, indeed!I have pencilled in a chunk of Monday pm, which will be dedicated to going through your instructions.Tuesday morning may see me hauling it along to the Thames.Many thanks!T.Ts
My final parting shot, the answer to the Curse of the Cursor..my lovely neighbour said that herd try your suggestions for me.He began with the first one.It worked.IT WORKED! I truly am grateful to you for being so kind & keeping your sense of humour, despite having to go slowly and clearly to me.Many thanks to you!