No video after BIOS upgrade crash

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I have a Toshiba Satellite A105-S2101 PSAAU5-01300Q running windows vista 32bit home basic, and about a week ago I tried upgrading my BIOS from the software on the website, well, during the installation it crashed, and I turned off the computer.

Since, the screen has not had any video, and I couldn't get an external monitor to work either.
 

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Lol you bricked the laptop... sorry but I hope it's still under warranty.

The only other thing you can try is to reset the CMOS (I don't even know how to do this on a laptop but there will be a battery on the motherboard somewhere or a jumper for it).
 

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Lol you bricked the laptop... sorry but I hope it's still under warranty.

The only other thing you can try is to reset the CMOS (I don't even know how to do this on a laptop but there will be a battery on the motherboard somewhere or a jumper for it).

Far from under warranty.

I need a solution on how to fix it.

I tried removing the watch battery, left it off for 3 days, re-soldered it on, booted up, no video still.
 

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WTF the cmos battery was soldered on? When you removed this watch like battery (CMOS battery) did you also remove the actual laptop battery and remove it from a power source? You could try goolging your problem. There might be a fix but it might not be to easy.
 

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Yes, it seemed to me like a watch battery. It was under the touchpad area, on the mobo.

Yes, it was removed from power for 3 days, before watch battery was replaced.

Any ideas I am willing to try.
 

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I am sorry to say this, but most likely you now have a brick on your hands. In some laptops it is actually possible to do a bios recovery by reloading the bios using a usb drive. This happened to me on an HP laptop, but thankfully I was able to recover the bios by loading it back again with a usb drive, and I dont think your laptop has that feature. But assuming it does, try these steps. First download your laptop's bios from another source other than toshiba site, the one you installed from the toshiba website could be corrupt. Then do this:

1. Disconnect the AC adapter
2. Remove the battery
3. Insert the USB thumb drive with the bios inside of it
4. Hold down the windows key + 'B' on the keyboard
5. while still holding down the keys, Connect the AC adapter
6. while still holding down the keys,Turn on the notebook with the power button

now, depending on the brand of the laptop the bios recovery take a different approach. In my experience with the HP, The laptop started beeping and that is when I let go of the windows and 'B ' buttons. This may or may not happen to you, if it does not start beeping, keep an eye for changes on the leds. This might indacate the laptop is going through the bios recovery procedure. The procedure takes around 1 or 2 minutes and when finished it will reboot itself. Give this a shot it might work.
 

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Unless you can remove it from a socked (some come like a prossesor, socket to slot it in) but if its a solderd one then your kinda stuck.. how did it crash? (just curious)

When we do it (we - the rest of my CompTia A+ class) we have to test all the power and AC outlets, cooling, and check for any memory errors before we do this cause, as you may have learnt the hard way, it can only take a tiny thing to turn it into a $400 paper weight..


ill do some looking around to see if theres any way of saving it for you.. : )
 
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