[ubuntu-uk] Toshiba Portege P4010 - BIOS Bad Block 3
barry.titterton at mail.adsl4less.com
Mon Oct 17 19:13:01 UTC 2011
On Mon, 2011-10-17 at 17:44 +0100, David Goldsbrough wrote:
> Up until Friday I was happily runnng Ubuntu on subject machine. It
> has never managed to do a restore before, and I have always shutdown
> and re-booted whenever softaware updates requested it.
> I have never tried ever to suspend it or hibernate it, due to bad
> attitude on my part as I regard this function as "fancy-dan stuff". I
> also suspected it would never be able to cope on the basis that if
> "restart" never worked then suspend or hibernate never would either.
> On Friday though my "wisdom" got the better of me and I tried to
> suspend it. Boy, did it sulk. It just went dead! Any attempts to
> re-boot it results in an error message "BIOS(Block3) is damaged! (call
> user serviceman.) Serviceman: Place maintenance disk in drive and
> press any key when ready."
> I have spent the weekend on and off researching the net and trying a
> few things. It would seem that I am unable to access the BIOS at boot
> time. Pressing F2 is the normal access method but I have tried the
> ESC key and the left-shift key. The DVD drive is not accessible and
> there is no floppy drive. I do have a usb read-only floppy drive
> available but I suspect the usb ports are not operable either.
> I did see some reference to getting a boot floppy and altering some of
> the bytes with a hex editor which somehow fooled the BIOS and then
> allowed the BIOS to be flashed. I never pursued this solution as I
> could not think (or did not have the means) of achieving. I also had
> some doubt whether it would work. I could find nobody who had
> actually really fully solved the BIOS error.
> The machine cost me less than £50 some years ago, but I loved it so
> much! It was my Ubuntu/linux learning platform. Is it time for the
> scrap heap?
You have my sympathies. Exactly the same thing happened to me a couple
of years ago when my first Ubuntu laptop, also a second hand Toshiba,
failed. My son shut the lid without shutting it down first. It tried to
hibernate and never worked again! The machine had a floppy drive so I
even tried the official Toshiba BIOS repair floppy image from their web
site, but nothing worked. I think you are looking at a new machine.
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