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Tecra 8100 - max processor, DVD-ROM and BIOS update questions

Q: Tecra 8100 - max processor, DVD-ROM and BIOS update questions

1. I have a 500 MHz processor on my 8100. I'd like to upgrade it to max capacity. My guess it's 800MHz since that's the highest the series went to.
But if it is 800 MHz, will any PIII Mobile on this frequency do? Or should I check for special parameters of the processor?

2. I don't have a floppy drive, neither means to get one. And I'm not going to ebay one just for a BIOS update. Any ideas? Will a bootable CD with the files do the trick?

3. What's the slot of the DVD-ROM and what replacement models can I use? The 8200 went as far as an 8x DVD-RW. Could I go further?

Thanks. Hopefully my post is OK like this instead of three different posts.

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A: Tecra 8100 - max processor, DVD-ROM and BIOS update questions

1. Have a look at the other Tecra 8100 models to determine what CPU's are compatible.

2. I dont think a bootable CD would work, you need to follow a special procedure to update the BIOS, and it requires a floppy drive. If there is a Windows version, you should use that instead.

3. Upgrading the DVD drive can be difficult since you need to use the correct Master/Slave settings and it needs to have the same faceplate design of the original one.

Personally, I would sell the laptop and buy a faster second hand one. It may work out to be cheaper.

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Hey , guys. I recently did a BIOS update on a Toshiba Tecra 8100 Laptop running Windows 2000. After the update, while the system appeared to be working normally, the screen won't show up. I tried connecting the laptop to an external monitor, but nothing happened. Is there anything I can do?

A:Toshiba Tecra 8100 Bios Update

Did you press [Fn] then one of the functions keys [F8] or the one with the picture or words that say CRT/LCD. I own the Tecra 8000 this is the only way it's going to switch screens from the LCD Panel to CRT. Also how did you update the BIOS through DOS right? If you lost the LCD Panel or when you reboot the Laptops and don't see the words Toshiba or is it just blank screen. Does any of th lights light up for power, HD and battery?

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Hey , guys. I recently did a BIOS update on a Toshiba Tecra 8100 Laptop running Windows 2000. After the update, while the system appeared to be working normally (LEDs on, a little HD acivity but no windows boot), the screen won't show up. I tried connecting the laptop to an external monitor, but nothing happened. Is there anything I can do?

(Update) I am able to get to the bios upgrade screen by holding down F12 before pressing the power button. Is there any other way to upgrade the BIOS besides using a floppy drive?

A:Toshiba Tecra 8100 Bios Update

yes- read the bios update guide in the guides forum.

also post in the correct forum next time (the mobile computing forum)

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hi all,
im having trouble trying to get into the bios of my tecra 8100 so i can overclock it. does anyone know how to access it? ive tried DEL, F1, F2, and i can't get anything to come up at startup apart from 'Boot Selection'.

A:Bios in tecra 8100

Select restart im msdos from the shutdown menu.

Once your computer restarts type tsetup and press enter.

You will now see a list of all the setup options.

From what I understand there is no option to overclock on your computer.

Regards Howard

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Hello. Apparently, a BIOS reflash doesn't solve all of your problems.
When I tried to reflash the BIOS to repair the laptop, it had a BIOS
write error. Now, when I start the laptop, it says something about
needing a Toshiba Maintenance disk from a Toshiba serviceman. My
question is, where can I find that disk on the internet? Is there a
way that I can attempt the BIOS reflash again? I have reattempted it,
but whenever I do another attempt, sometimes it just sits there for
minutes and minutes without showing any progress.

A:Tecra 8100 BIOS Damage

If it had a write error, then it could be the ROM chip or some other circuitry on the mobo that is bad.

What were you trying to "repair"? Maybe the mobo is toast?

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I want to update the bios of my Tecra 8100.
I downloaded the bios, but as the pc has no floppy, I cretaed a bootable cd like this

When I boot the pc, do F2, press c to boot from cd, I get into a dos-like environment. I went to drive Z, did 'dir', and see the bios.exe I burned on cd. To run it I type bios.exe and keep getting "command of filename not recognized" when i type dir *.exe, it does not see the file either.

Maybe I am overlooking something here?

+Message was edited by: link removed - wrong info+

A:Tecra 8100: updating bios from cd. exe won't run from command line


Your described method does not apply to Toshiba notebooks.
Every notebook manufacturers supports different BIOS update procedures?

Check this Toshiba US page:
Here you can download the latest BIOS for Tecra 8100

The 4810.25 package needs to be unzipped firstly.
Then you have to check the available files.
There is a readme.txt which describes the BIOS update procedure using the CD ISO file.

Hope I could help

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I have an old Tecra 8100 an I want to upgrade the BIOS. Who know which Harddisk is supported (20 GB, 40 GB) and where can I find the specifications?

Thanks for your information.


A:Tecra 8100, upgrade BIOS, whitch Harddisk is supported (40 GB?)


As I?m not mistaken the Tecra 8100 supports an IDE HDD controller.
In such cases it should be possible to use the 2.5? IDE HDDs.

I cannot say much about the supported sizes but fact is that the supported HDD size depends on the HDD controller. The older IDE controllers until ATA-5 (also called Ultra ATA/66 or Ultra DMA/66) supported the LBA 28bit which allows you to use max 120GB HDD.

Since ATA-6 (also called Ultra DMA mode 5 or Ultra-ATA100) you can use IDE HDDs bigger than 128GB.

So if you want you can check your IDE HDD controller using an hardware diagnostic tool (i.e Everest home edition). Then you could find out what IDE controller it is and what HDDs are supported.


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Serial number: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Model Number: PTSB3E-0YR04KGR
BTO code: P8700/2G/160G/15.4WBT/DS2/L/M/B/W/3G
Preinstalled Software: Yes [R11382GR]
Date of purchase: 05/13/2011

I use above notebook mobile professionals use for CAD programming and also for Office applications.
2GB of RAM (standard), I can increase to 4GB Kingston (a tie) on purchase.
With the 160GB HDD I had an awful lot at the beginning of loss of speed.
So I had let a month later to a 120GB OCZ Vertex switch from second
And ran for almost 9 months without problems.
Now I have not so much free place in my SDD. So I would like to
"Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB 2.5 SATA III"
Jump leave.

My question would be, I would get this problem?
1) In theory, SATA3 work perfectly well that 240GB SSD right?
In manual, it is up to 120GB SATA2 SSD in it. However, the handbook of 2009. So the information is very old. And at that time were not yet 240GB free for end users SATA3 SSD hard drives.

2) Are there any Windows Professional / Ultimate / Business 64 for 7 as this laptop?
Original I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit. I wanted my memory that is extended to 8GB. CAD program running on 64 bit operating system much better.

3) Is the graphics card soldered onto my laptop or can I let it replace it? So it's a plug-in card?

4) Can I move to a higher processor / CPU? To what size?

5) the Mobile UMTS and HSDPA / HSPAU / LTE is capable?

6) I still can not get o... Read more

A:Hardware Update/Upgrade questions for Tecra S10-183

>1) In theory, SATA3 work perfectly well that 240GB SSD right?
>In manual, it is up to 120GB SATA2 SSD in it. However, the handbook of 2009. So the information is very old. And at that time were not yet 240GB free for end users SATA3 SSD hard drives.

The SATA controller is not size limited? you can use 250GB, 500GB or larger HDDs. The same should be possible with SSD drives since the controller is the same.

> 2) Are there any Windows Professional / Ultimate / Business 64 for 7 as this laptop?
> Original I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit. I wanted my memory that is extended to 8GB. CAD program running on 64 bit operating system much better.

Not sure what you mean exactly but if you want to installed Win 7 64bit then you can do it without big problems? the 64bit drivers are available on the Toshiba European driver page.

> 3) Is the graphics card soldered onto my laptop or can I let it replace it? So it's a plug-in card?
The notebook seems to be equipped with an NVIDIA Quadro NVS 150M graphic chip. This is external chip which is plugged/soldered on the motherboard. But even if you could remove this chip, the upgrade is NOT possible.

> 4) Can I move to a higher processor / CPU? To what size?

Generally speaking the CPU upgrade depends on the chipset on the motherboard.
You could upgrade the CPU, if the chipset would support the new CPU.
There are still questions about BIOS support but I r... Read more

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I have a old Tecra 9100 with years of good service, and this is my first problem, but is a great one, after a forced reboot the screen shows a BIOS block 1 damaged message. I have tried to repair the BIOS upgrading to the last version I have found, the 1.6 one, but its a Windows version (to upgrade from a running Toshiba computer I think) and when I try to run it in another computer to generate a FDD and upgrade BIOS, I cant, beacuse a Toshiba common modules message.

Its there any BIOS diskette image-archive I can dowload to perform the BIOS upgrade in the BIOS?

Thanks in advance.

A:Tecra 9100 - BIOS block 1 damaged and how to update BIOS?


All you can find is stuff on Toshiba support page. I don't know where you live but try to contact nearest Toshiba authorized service provider.
They have access to Toshiba database and they can obtain all this for you. Make a call and ask for help. I am pretty sure they will help you to solve this BIOS issue.

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I want to use this old laptop which originally had win98. I managed to put win xp on it, but it is unworkable slow. Today I tried Lubuntu (a linux distributioon specific for oldies) but that too is too slow.

I just want a simple OS to browse.

A:Which new OS can I use with old Tecra 8100?

I don?t know which ?new? OS do you mean but fact is that you have old piece of hardware and if you want to have well working machine you should install supported operating systems ony.

Drivers for them you can find on Toshiba support page - http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/download_drivers_bios.jsp in archive

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Hi all,

I'm trying to install W2K on a Tecra 8100 but I think I'm doing something wrong, because it keeps failing.

If I just insert the CD it starts to boot an loads several files, to a point when setup is starting Windows 2000 (shows in the bottom of the screen) and the install crashes with a blue screen and the error c0000221 Unknown hardware error \systemRoot\System32\ntdll.dll
I've read that during the install you have to press F5 (in the screen where you can load a SCSI or a raid driver) and then choose Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) PC, but after doing this I get the same error.
I haven't got any additional hardware attached, it's the original configuration.

Any thoughts on how to resolve this issue and get W2K on my laptop?

A:W2K installation on Tecra 8100


I think this issue has nothing to do with the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) or similar.

I read about the systemRoot\System32\ntdll.dll error message and there is no specific reason for such error.
Sometimes some missing service packs cause such issue and sometimes hardware malfunction (RAM or HDD) could be responsible for a BSOD.

Are you able to install the Win XP?

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I think I bought toshiba tecra 8100 on summer (when I got money), but I have question; what is this laptop processor?
I have read that, it is 600mhz, 700mhz, 800mhz and 850mhz, but what it is really are? Or it is possible overclock via bios etc?

A:Question about CPU on Tecra 8100


I don?t understand the question what a laptop processor is. It?s the thing which makes your computer "computing" or thinking. Whatever.
The speed is defined in Mhz, so it depends from the model how many Mhz the CPU of your machine has.

The exact clock speed is written on the little label on the bottom of your machine. You can also try CPU-Z to determine the exact speed of your CPU.

And NO, it?s not possible to overclock the machines CPU.


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I have a Toshiba Tecra 8100 laptop with a P3-500 Mhz CPU.
I am interested in upgrading the CPU to 850Mhz.
Is this upgrade even feasible for this laptop?
Also, can the USB port be upgraded to USB 2.0?

I am new to laptops and I really like my Tecra.

Any comments?

Thank you.

A:Tecra 8100 CPU replacement?

youll have to check with toshiba to see if your system supports that cpu

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I'm someone who posted a message on this website months ago looking for the last part I thought I needed to get my computer working again.

I ended up having to buy this particular part from a parts warehouse in Singapore.

It's still not working.

What am I doing wrong?

I've spent a lot of money on this machine and it's not doing me any favors by working. That's disappointing enough. To have to wait all this time since last April to come to this point makes me almost want to give up; smash it; junk it and buy a new computer and pass it off ( in my own mind ) as having successfully fixed it.

But I didn't waste $50,000 in college tuition money at a computer/technology school ( for a degree I ended up never getting ) just so I can learn to give up when I can't figure out how to get a laptop computer working again.

On the other hand; smashing it or coming on this website to ask for help;
does't " help " my confidence either.

What am I here for then?

To vent? Maybe.

I don't know.

But just for your curiosity; what did I waste money buying for a Toshiba Tecra 8100 that didn't originally work - and parts I thought - after buying - it would work again?

A motherboard.
A Toshiba RTC ( system BIOS) battery.

And the soundboard.
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A:Toshiba Tecra 8100

That's a very old and low specification laptop. Personally would give up and spend the money on a laptop that already works.

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Hallo everybody

Is it possible to overclock toshiba tecra 8100 with 600 MHZ processor, please? If so, haw can I do it?
Thank you


A:Is it possible to overclock Tecra 8100

There are no BIOS options to overclock the system, plus its not a good idea in a laptop because the cooling system is designed to cool the CPU at its stock speed. Overclocking may cause the system to overheat and fail.

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Hello - I have toshiba tecra 8100 - problem is that intermittently the
screen dims and to make it bright again i have to push the sensor button (the pin that the lid presses when you close the lid) --- sometimes i have
to push it several times ... i have to use this machine in for an exam and
i am afraid it is going to go dim on me and not brighten up - plus it makes a noise when i press this pin and i will annoy everyone in the exam room and disturb their testing. the dimming (really dim - almost black) seems to be worse when the machine has been on for a while although it can happen at any time.

i read somewhere that this is a
problem that can be resolved by cleaning the contacts on the FL inverter.
Can anyone tell me how to locate the "FL inverter" and how to open that
part on the laptop? Is it in the screen (lid) portion of the laptop or the
bottom (keyboard) portion of the laptop. Is this something I can do? I
am ok with doing things like installing hard drives, adapters, memory with
desktop machines --- but i have never opened a laptop. I would really
appreciate some help - thank you in advance.

A:Toshiba Tecra 8100

Just buy a new one and cut the hassles buddy.

www(dot)mpdparts(dot)com has em for the cheapest you can find around.

Same thing happend to me too, but now i have a problem with laptop heating up and fan not turning on at all, i tested it by connecting to a constant 7V DC outlet and its fine, but is just too dumb to start when CPU is hot.

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I have just recently acquired a Toshiba Tecra 8100 laptop. I operate a wireless network at home and would like to add this laptop to the network. I have been unable to find out if it will support a wireless card and if so, what kind of wireless card do I need to purchase?

A:wireless for tecra 8100

more about Tecra 8100 going wireless

Rick, thanks for your comment. If I get a PMCIA wireless card is there any special software that I need to make it work? Will I be able with such a card to hook it inot my network and browse the internet through my network. I am connected to a cable system for my ISP services.

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I have just recently acquired a Toshiba Tecra 8100 laptop. I operate a wireless network at home and would like to add this laptop to the network. I have been unable to find out if it will support a wireless card and if so, what kind of wireless card do I need to purchase?

A:wireless for tecra 8100

as i understand it, that lappy does not have an integrated wireless NIC. you can check under network adapters in device manager, or under network conenctions in control panel.

if this is indeed true, you can purchase a wireless NIC for your 'top's PCMCIA slot (i reccomend linksys) at any computer store.

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I have just got a Toshiba Tecra 8100. I don't like having such a small HHD and I was wanting to know how big I can get it up to. I know there are threads already asking this same question but technology keeps getting better so maybe there are HHD I can get.

I am also wanting to upgrade the RAM. I have seen places that sell PC100 144pin 512mb and I was wondering if it is possible to upgrade this to 2 of them or not.

Any input would be great!!!!

A:Tecra 8100 - Upgrading RAM and HDD


The Tecra 8100 was delivered with HDD?s up to 20GB. I?m pretty sure that this notebook has a 28bit LBA limitation ([www.48bitlba.com]).
I don?t know which HDD you have at the moment but a HDD with 40GB or 60GB would work in this oldie.

Furthermore the Tecra 8100 can be upgraded to 512MB RAM. So you can?t upgrade your notebook to more RAM.


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Hallo everybody.

I would like to buy a memory for my Toshiba Tecra 8100
It shoud be SDRAM 256MB PC100 144pin - can by already used but functional

It is too hard to buy it in my country
I can pay for it about 20 euro


A:Need SDRAM for my Tecra 8100

Did you already search on the websites like Ebay or Amazon?
Several month ago I?ve bought a PC100 512MB RAM because my old module died.

I?ve found some second hand modules on eBay but I?ve decided to buy a new module from Amazon?


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I've been having power supply issues with my laptop lately a Toshiba Tecra 8100 laptop model No. PT810C.
The plug on the back for power was coming loose. It was attached firmly, but the power on the laptop would go out, though pressing on the cord in back generally would cause it to turn on. It's probably just a loose connection with that one piece of hardware, and I'm currently dismantling the laptop, in order to see if the problem will be easy to fix.

Now I've already stated, removed all the various hardware on the bottom that's detachable, unscrewed most of the screws holding things together, but I've hit a snag. I can't find where certain things are being held together, and lack a proper schematic to look at to find out. Does anyone know where I could schematics for these types of devices, or even a guide for anyone new to dismantling laptops?

And not to be rude, but please don't post any warnings about the dangers of doing work on laptops, or suggestions that I have a professional work on it.

The value of the laptop is signifigantly less than it would cost to have work done it, meaning that is not an option, and even if I make a mistake and ruin the laptop, it's little more than a paperweight as it currently is.

A:How to disasemble the Tecra 8100


The problem is that an disassembling manual are not published by Toshiba :(
I think such docs are not for public usage and therefore it?s really hard to find any details?.

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just built a new comp with an athlon 64 3700+ and the hs fan just goes crazy when the dvd rom is doing anything. what settings can i tweak to get the fan to chillout? Gigabyte GAK8N-Ultra 9 is the mobo. stock hs and fan since the zalman i got isn't working yet .

Edit : also i want to know more about how to set the bios correctly for my processor speed and system bus. when i opened bios and processor information it showed my cpu frequency at 200?? is that equivalent to 2.ghz? i want to get everything set correctly to run the fastest

A:processor fan noise + bios questions

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I have TECRA A3 Laptop I want to when my laptop shutdown so i do connect it laptop charger so my laptop automatic on without press power on button. now a days this feature add other companys in bios (Power option). it feature is use a veary simple when u will power wair in ur computer r laptop so u r computer automatic on without press power button.............

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I was wondering what's fixed in the new BIOS. Toshiba does not disclose any information about changes in updates (why? It's really a weird thing to do).

Does anybody know, what it does? It's the third update already, and still nothing.

A:Tecra S11 and BIOS update 2.20


It seems that such details about BIOS changes are not available on Toshiba European driver page.
I found some details about BIOS updates and improvements on Toshiba US driver page but Tecra S11 is not listed. Maybe because it was note released only in USA.

You could get in contact with a local ASP in order to get some information about changes in BIOS. Maybe the guys could provide some info? then you could share it with us?

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Hi Members,
I recently got a Tecra 8100 for cheap off eBay.

The screen sometimes goes black its still on i need to press the pin near the screen and ti beeps sounds and its back on.

I took the frame of the screen off and it made differance well for a about a week but just happen again :( but not very often fingers crossed.

I read up on google etc that it might be sumtin with the led etc. I just want to know how to replace the part?
What part i need to replace etc?

I have turn all power management thing off and it still happens so it is deffo something with the screen.

I need ideas how to resolve this cuz its a prity good laptop for a student lol.
Thanks for reading and any feed back

A:Tecra 8100 - screen sometimes goes black


Sorry, but it?s really not easy to say what must be replaced.
But it?s definitely a hardware issue? I don?t know what pin do you meant exactly but maybe a loose connection is responsible for this issue? I mean a FL-inverter connection?

Here is a useful page ? [How to remove and replace FL inverter board on Toshiba Tecra 8100?. |http://www.irisvista.com/tech/laptops/Toshiba-Tecra-8100/remove-replace-fl-inverter-board.htm]

Maybe it could be useful for you?

Anyway? such hardware issues are always tricky and in most case every single part and connection must be checked. This is not easy and in most cases and notebook technician should take a look on this notebook?

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I'm working on a Tecra 8100 laptop for a friend. Machine doesn't seem to recognize memory installed in Slot B at all. Is there a trick in the BIOS to force it to rescan or am I simply looking at a broken slot? It looks ok visually and the clips seem sound .....

A:Tecra 8100 not seeing all installed memory

You cannot force anything. Either it works or not.
Try to start notebook with RAM placed in slot B only.

Anyway, if you use compatible RAMs and if this was worked before I believe slot B is defective.

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I have a Tecra 8100 running Windows XP.

I can get no sound out of the speakers or headphones outputted from the computer, e.g. beep sounds, CD, etc. But if I un-mute the mic, I can hear through the headphones what the microphone picks up (there's just feedback without microphones, proving the speakers physically work). All the volume controls are on maximum and unmuted. All the devices are enabled and chosen correctly in the sound control panels.

Any help at all would be welcome!! Is it the sound card, or am I missing a driver? can't find anything else on the web with similar symptoms. Thanks in advance.

Here is the Everest summary report:

Field Value
Computer Type Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) PC (Mobile)
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack [ TRIAL VERSION ]
Internet Explorer 6.0.2600.0000 (IE 6.0 - Windows XP)
DirectX (DirectX 8.1)
Computer Name TECRA-8100 (Tecra 8100)
User Name General User
Logon Domain [ TRIAL VERSION ]
Date / Time 2009-07-15 / 14:18

CPU Type Mobile Intel Pentium IIIE, 500 MHz (5 x 100)
Motherboard Name TOSHIBA Portable PC
Motherboard Chipset Intel 82440BX/ZX
System Memory [ TRIAL VERSION ]
BIOS Type Toshiba (12/30/99)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter S3 Graphics Inc. SavageMX (8 MB)
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A:Tecra 8100 - no sound output except from mic!


That?s a good questions and I never heard about such an issue...

I think at fist you should start to update the sound driver of your notebook. Therefore you can look on the Toshiba website for an update:
http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com => Support & Downloads => Download Drivers

Before you install the newest version, you should remove the old version first and restart the notebook.

Maybe a reinstallation of Windows with the Toshiba recovery disk could be also useful and in worst case it?s a hardware malfunction and you have to exchange the mainboard. :(


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I need a driver ether c16 ether c16 for Tecra 8100

A:Need Ethernet driver for Tecra 8100


All drivers which are published by Toshiba can be found on the Toshiba European driver page -> ARCHIVE area

http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com -> Support & Download -> Download Drivers

I?m not sure what driver do you need exactly but all Toshiba drivers can be found on the driver page.

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I have recently bought a Tecra 8100 laptop. Unfortunately there is no tv-out cable included.
According to the manual (ie. here: http://www.microdom.by/olddata/pdfspec/tecra_8100.pdf) the tv-out port provides a s-video (NTSC/PAL) signal via 3,5mm mini jack port.
The missing cable should be a RCA conversion cable.
Can anyone please tell me if there any specific requirements that such cable needs to meet? It's not hard to get an audio mini-jack to 2xRCA conversion cable, but this one obviously does not transmit the video signal.

Any clues?

I'm working on Win XP SP2, the graphic card installed is S3 Savage/MX.

Thanks in advance for any tips.

A:Tecra 8100 - missing tv-out cable

Hi mate,

I know that cable; it?s a rare accessoire of the Tecra 8100. The problem is, that the 3.5" mini-jack has it?s own format, so, it will only adapt from 1x 3,5" to 1x RCA.

Such cables can be either found on Ebay, or you contact an ASP (authorized service partner) which could surely send you such cable for some low money...

Here?s a link (if you need it) to find the nearest ASP in your country:


Good luck man

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Hello. I have this Tecra 8100 I'm thinking of selling for parts, because I'm mad with it. But before doing that, I ask here as a last measure.

It seems the "power" section of the notebook works fine: If I plug the power supply, the "dc in" and "battery" leds lights up, and the "battery" led even go from orange to green when the battery gets charged.

If I press the "power on" button, the "power" led lights up. The hard drive starts to spin. The fan does nothing, and no 'beep' is heard at all. Also, the screen shows nothing. External VGA output or TV output shows nothing, too. I repeat that NO BEEP is heard, until...

I close the lid. A long beep is heard when I close the lid, but no trace of image on the screen.

I have changed or upgraded nothing of the notebook: memory, CPU, etc.

I opened and took of every piece of it: motherboard, internal battery, sound board, leds and buttons board... and tried to connect them our of the case so t could be a short circuit with no luck at all.

Could it be a BIOS problem?

Can the BIOS be reflashed in this state, like the AWARD BIOS?

Is there any keys or buttons I could press to enter some kind of diagnose or service mode?


A:Tecra 8100 doesn't boot.

I had this trouble too and I don't know if it will help you, but I have changed the memory card and it works fine now.

meanwhile, we have the same notbook, can you tell me where you have found the motherboard driver? if you can give me the right link,you will help me a lot. thanks

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I have a Toshiba Tecra 8100 650 mhz laptop. The cooling fan doesn't come on until 66 degrees C and goes off at 61 C. Is there any way of changing the temperature to a lower setting or is my cooling fan about to die? I'm running windows XP, and 256 memory. Battery is good.

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Hi all.

Sorry my english is not so good, but I need help. My Tecra 8100 is not working only turn on leds for power, battery and hdd but not start (nothing on screen).
I need to replace my motherboard and it is B36084962019-A (Tecra 8100 model PT810E-01152-IT ) but I can find only B36086672015-A motherboard.

Can I use these model instead of my?
Thanks in advance to all.

A:Tecra 8100 - motherboard exchange

Hi tibi_1,

Your English is ok and form me it?s understandable so don?t worry about this and welcome in forum :)

Regarding your problem I can?t give an exact answer but an advice: Contact an authorized service provider. I think in this case you need 100% sure answer and you can get it from professional people only because it?s an user to user forum where you can talk with normal people like you and me.

So get in contact with the guys, they will help you and if you are not familiar with notebook disassembling, they can help you to exchange the mainboard.

Good luck! ;)

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I have a Tecra 8100 with Windows XP SP2. The laptop shuts down spontaneously. Without warning, the screen goes black and flashes the green battery LED. The battery is in poor condition (max. 5 minutes power, then it beeps low battery). Therefore, I have the laptop always connected to the mains.

Does anyone have a suggestion how I can solve this problem?

Greetings, Ben

A:TECRA 8100 shuts down spontaneously

Hi Ben

For solution you must know why this happen. After reading your ?problem description? it is not easy to say why this happen and we can just speculate what the problem can be.

At the beginning one question: is this notebook cleaned up in the past? I presume it can be full of dust and cooling system and cooling grill can be ?blocked? with dust.
Without proper cooling notebook hardware reach critical temperature and result is suddenly switch off.

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hello all...
my dad recently picked up a toshiba tecra 8100 laptop from a work auction and gave it to me to fix up and muck around with. Ive managed to get it running WinXP and it is going quite nicely, but i have 1 problem. sometimes when working, or if i leave the laptop for a while (10min-15mins), the screen appears to 'turn off'. i thought about it and had a closer look and realised that the screen was not actually 'off', but the back light or something had turned off. so the desktop was still visible on the screen, but it was extremely dark. is there anyone out there that is able to help me overcome this problem? when i connect an external crt to the laptop, it works well and doesnt turn off. The system is a Intel Celeron Processor 498mhz and it is running on 128mbs of ram. It has a S3 Graphics Inc. SavageMX with 8mbs of memory.
Any help will be much appreciated!

A:Tecra 8100 laptop monitor?

Hi, I have similar problems (and it's getting worse). I beleive it may be to do with the backlight driverboard overheating. This might also be due to the main CPU fan sticking (Yes I know, but I havn't heard it cut in for a while) This all became much worse when I used it with a network docking station, on which I could not get the network port to stay up. (kept disconnecting) This is on 2000. An identical machine (bought at the same time from the same reseller) with '98 works perfectly wit the Network, but has (since day 1) had a similar fault, only not as bad.

A 'work around' fix is to hit Fn+F5 a few times to switch the video output between internal & external a couple of times to 'kick start' the backlight. Another is an external monitor.

Anyone out there had experience of the same, and if so, what did you do to fix it? If this carries on I'm going to be forced to ditch the machine and get a new one, even though I don't want to yet.


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I have my Tecra A8 PTA83E-0FJ05DJK laptop, and I want to update its BIOS, but in TOSHIBA's BIOS update webpage there are no updates for my laptop.

How do I do?

A:Cannot find BIOS Update for my Tecra A8

BIOS update for your older Tecra notebook you can find on BIOS download page - http://www.toshiba.eu/innovation/download_bios.jsp
Of course you can find it if you choose option ARCHIVE.

By the way: if there is no some problem with your machine I think you should not change anything.
Don't change well working machine.

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Could you provide me an update for the BIOS of my Tecra A8-133 (PTA83E-0E403NS4) laptop ?

I have installed Windows 8 Pro but i can't access my BIOS anymore. Each time i try to press F2 i have acces to the 5 options down on my screen but when i choose one and press Enter nothing happens, it just take me on Windows 8 !

Please help me =)

edit : i run a 64-bits Windows 8

A:Need BIOS update Tecra A8-133 Win8

BIOS updates for all supported notebooks you can find on http://www.toshiba.eu/innovation/download_bios.jsp

By the way, perform complete shutdown and then try to enter BIOS settings.
Check please http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB2B03EY0002R01.htm

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Are there instructions to do BIOS update for my Tecra R940/Win7Pro/64bit?

A:How to do BIOS update on Tecra R940?

On Toshiba BIOS download page you can download WIN version. That means after BIOS download you must execute it under running Windows as every other application.
By the way: is there some reason for BIOS update? Have you noticed some troubles with your machine?

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Having installed WXP over the original 2000 I have lost most of the utilities.
Have downloaded the new BIOS and utilities etc, but cannot install the BIOS as it demands to be loaded via floppy disk and pressing F12.

*I dont have a floppy on this machine. How can I load this bios via CD, memory stick or any other way?*

A:BIOS update on Tecra 8200

there is a list of methods of how to install new bios [here|http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com/cgi-bin/ToshibaCSG/faq.jsp?service=EU&FID=TRO0000000b07]

Hope this helps!

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My Hard Disk in Tecra S11 died, and I have purchased a new SSD.
Everything work OK, but I can not update BIOS any more. Update utility show an error:

Error: Preparing to update was failed.
You have not given permission to execute the update.

What to do? Please help.

A:Tecra S11 - After HDD replacement I can't update BIOS

> Error: Preparing to update was failed.
> You have not given permission to execute the update.

Do you have Admin rights?
Sounds like the issue could be related to missing privileges which are needed to run a update.

You could enable the admin account following these steps:
Choose command prompt (the black box cmd)
In the box type net user administrator /active:yes
Then log out. Usually an additional user account should be visible ?Administrator?.

Now log in using this account and try to execute the BIOS update.

Note: in many cases the VAP (value added package) is needed to run the update BIOS.
Be sure also, that package has been unzipped correctly before running the exe file.

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I have problems with updating the BIOS of my Tecra 9100. The current version is 1.5, and I want to update it to 1.6, so that the UJ-820 DVD-RAM will work.

I have tried to do with the windows tool within the Zip-File (error message: User does not have administrator privileges), and with bootdisk (error message: unknown chipset).

What can I do next?

A:Re: Cannot update BIOS from 1.5 to 1.6 on Tecra T 9100


You are right. On Toshiba support page there is 1.60 update available for old Tecra 9100. As I can see just one option is available ? WIN option. That means you must do it under running Windows. So the option with bootdisk cannot be done at all.

Start your Windows, download update (910078v160.exe) and extract it to the desktop. Close all running applications and execute exe file. That?s it!

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I'm trying to locate a display driver for a Toshiba Tecra 8100 with XP(OS), the adapter is s3 inc mx/ix. I went to Toshiba's site and the XP version is not there, can someone tell me where I can get this driver?

A:display driver for Toshiba Tecra 8100 with XP

This is in the wrong forum


Never expect your machine vendor to support you. Go to the hardware maker, in this case S3

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My system:

Tecra 8100
Windows 2000

I mistakenly removed some software labeled "Yamaha" something and this resulted in the following:

1) No sound
2) Upon booting, *2* devices need drivers - 1 with the label Multimedia Device
and the other "Unknown".

I spoke with Toshiba support (Tier 1) for over an hour, and the problem didn't get solved. I have downloaded the sound driver from Toshiba, and rebooted twice as asked, but have not been able to recover the sound.

Can anyone step me through this?


Jon Hanrath

A:Solved: Tecra 8100 Loss of Sound

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I have a Tecra 8100 series 810-1with Win98.

I format HDD and installed Win2000pro but some drivers not found on CD like graphic card, audio card and Ethernet card.

After my notebook have only 16colors and displayed little window.

I upgrade W2000pro by Microsoft Update for IE7 and service pack 4.

I founded other drives for other device, I installed them and they work ok.
Only for graphic card Very difficult to find drive for S3 savage/IX w/MV.
I find 79036agplogo_S3.zip

I tried to install it, the install is OK.
But when I start de PC I have an error message in French, I translate it:
"The driver \Systemroot\system32\drivers\s3gsavm not found the point to enter VideoPortSetEvent on drive VIDEOPRT.sys"

I've tried to download her but never found the graphic card's driver , this is the link [http://fr.computers.toshiba-europe.com/cgi-bin/ToshibaCSG/download_drivers_bios.jsp?service=FR]

May be the drive that I founded are not good? Where I can find it? Can you give me the exact link please?

Thanks for help.

A:Need graphic card driver for Tecra 8100

Follow the link you have posted.
Choose category 'Archive'. Here you will find all Tecra 8100 drivers for windows 98 and Windows 2000.

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I'm trying to locate a display driver for a Toshiba Tecra 8100 with XP(OS), the adapter is s3 inc mx/ix. I went to Toshiba's site and the XP version is not there, can someone tell me where I can get this driver?

A:display driver Toshiba Tecra 8100 with XP(OS)?

Have you e-mailed Toshiba support for the driver?

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Hi support,

I have Tecra 8100 where its original power adapter has died. I need to buy a new one, but I found that Toshiba has replaced the PA2444U adapter model with a new model. Which power adapter model that is now compatible with Tecra 8100?

Thanks. I really need an answer because I need to work with the laptop.

A:Replace power adapter for Tecra 8100


Any 15v supply rated at 3A or more will do. You can get them on eBay for ?10 or less.


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I seem to have lost the display drivers to my Tecra 8100.

Since I attempted to use an extra screen which worked fine until I came to boot up the following day when it would only boot up in Safe Mode.
What have I done wrong and how can I rectify it?

Driver detective doesn't work, just comes up as having performed an illegal action.

A:Tecra 8100 only boot up in safe mode


Have you checked the Toshiba website?
I doubt this because there you can download all drivers.

Check this:
http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com => Support & Downloads => Download Drivers
The driver you can find in *Archive*


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