This laptop belongs to a friend who bought it new a few years ago and only uses it to play games like Solitaire,so it's okay if I reformat the HDD. There's nothing important to destroy. I'm just trying to help them out.
Model# PSL 10U-01X02E
Phoenix Bios ver.1.80
Windows XP Home Edition
I'm familiar with desktop DIY repairs, but since I've never owned a laptop this is new territory. I did reformat the HDD a couple years ago when they had a problem with it.
Now at start-up I notice the HDD making a lot of clicking sound like perhaps it's trying but not quite running properly. Could it be the HDD and not the bios having a problem?.
If I press the start button and repeat tapping the Esc key, then F2, it shows the bios version, etc.
Then after around 20 seconds it goes into the "Password" screen.
The owner nor do I know the password! Three tries and you're out!
I've watched videos,read posts,been to the Toshiba website and found that this laptop is no longer supported, searched the internet for several hours and have not found any help for this particular model Toshiba. That's why I'm here.
I opened it up yesterday (except for removing the bottom of case covering the HDD) looking for either the cmos battery & or the place to jumper the bios. I was just thankful to get it all back together (screws & all) and operating the same as before.
Thanks in advance to those who are willing to try to help this "old man" out!