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Topic # 5566 9-Nov-2005 05:02
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I have a toshiba satellite 1130. It got dropped a few weeks back and then refused to boot although power was getting to it. I have obtained a new main board from E-Bay, but after installing, although the system now powers up, the BIOS is japanese. Some of the keyboard controls do not work either, mainly the direction arrows, so I cannot go through the BIOS to see if I can change the language. ( Its an English keyboard, but I presume the BIOS is expecting a japanese layout??) I have tried updating the BIOS, with a bootable CD, as the system has no floppy drive, but keep getting told invalid product ID. The system originally had Win XP, but I cannot get it to boot, because I presume its a new mainboard that the install of XP soes not recognise. I cannot install XP, as I cannot change the boot sequence, it always tried to boot from the HDD, although if I take out the HDD, it will boot from my XP cd.If I took the HDD out and formatted it in my desktop system, and then installed it back, would it try and boot from the CD, if it dosnt find a valid OS. If so will an english copy of XP work, even if its a japanese BIOS, and if I can get it to install, can I flash the BIOS to an english version through windows? ( there is a BIOS update on the toshiba website, that can flash the BIOS through windows)
Sorry this is a bit long winded!! I hope somebody can offer advice,

Many Thanks

Chris

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  Reply # 23117 13-Nov-2005 14:37

because you now have a japanese mainboard it might help to get a japanese keyboard to match it.

In my experience, the japanese keyboards still work in PC-104 (english-us) style so there would just be a few extra keys.




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  Reply # 23793 24-Nov-2005 15:20
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If it's definitely a Satellite 1130 mainboard, then I'd lean towards just reflashing it with the English Bios. http://203.56.127.6/driver_download/Public/BIOS/S1130170.exe (Link from www.isd.toshiba.com.au)

If you're a bit ansy about flashing the bios, and are just wanting to get it to boot to CD press 'C' when the Toshiba logo is on the screen to force CD-ROM boot.

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  Reply # 23811 25-Nov-2005 02:05
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Thanks

I have since found out that the board is from a dynabook E7 model. I have manged to get a copy of XP Pro to load onto the the system, the only real issues are that some keys on the keyboard do not worl, mainly the arrow keys, and the page up and down. Not to fussed about this, XP managed to find most of the drivers, and I have found the rest. Will having a jap BIOS have any effect at all?? If so, does anyone know of there I can get an english BIOS for a dynabook system?

Rgrds

Chris



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  Reply # 23812 25-Nov-2005 02:06
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I have since found out that the board is from a dynabook E7 model. I have manged to get a copy of XP Pro to load onto the the system, the only real issues are that some keys on the keyboard do not worl, mainly the arrow keys, and the page up and down. Not to fussed about this, XP managed to find most of the drivers, and I have found the rest. Will having a jap BIOS have any effect at all?? If so, does anyone know of there I can get an english BIOS for a dynabook system?

Rgrds

Chris



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  Reply # 23813 25-Nov-2005 02:06
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I have since found out that the board is from a dynabook E7 model. I have manged to get a copy of XP Pro to load onto the the system, the only real issues are that some keys on the keyboard do not worl, mainly the arrow keys, and the page up and down. Not to fussed about this, XP managed to find most of the drivers, and I have found the rest. Will having a jap BIOS have any effect at all?? If so, does anyone know of there I can get an english BIOS for a dynabook system?

Rgrds

Chris

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