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HDD upgrade on Tecra A7

Q: HDD upgrade on Tecra A7

My TECRA A7 has a 100GB HD and I wonder if I can replace it for a larger one.
Is it possible and what should I do?

Thanks for any help

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A: HDD upgrade on Tecra A7


Your Tecra has SATA HDD connector so it should not be problematic to use HDD with higher capacity.
I don?t know which one you want to use but HDD between 200 and 300 GB should be good enough for upgrade.

What do you think about that?

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Does any one see any problems swapping out the 160GB HDD for a 1TB HDD i have already partitioned/formatted and installed XP PRO on the 1 TB HDD in my Satellite M-105 and it is working fine in there but would prefer it in the faster newer TECRA Laptop.


A:Tecra M10 - HDD upgrade


I think this should not be a big problem since the SATA controller should handle the 1TB HDD.

You can test it using the HDD from the M105? the replacement is not difficult and both units M105 and M10 supports the same SATA HDD.

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Hi guys,

i have an old TECRA M10-139 with a Core 2 DUO T9400 @ 2.53GHz and i want to upgrade the CPU to a Core 2 DUO extreme QX9300.
I think the sockets are the same but i am not sure if the BIOS and the other specific hardware of the notebook can handle this processor.

Thanks in advance

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In my laptop model Tecra A8 # PTA83L-02K014, current HDD is Fujitsu 60 GB SATA (mode# MHV2060BH).
I want to upgrade it to 320GB/500GB.

Please suggest a replacement HDD.
I cannot figure out which HDD I should buy.


A:HDD upgrade for Tecra A8

This old Tecra was delivered with several HDDs (from 60 up to 120GB). God thing is that this Tecra uses SATA HDDs so; generally speaking HDD upgrade should not be problematic.

Which HDD can you use? In my opinion HDD with around 300GB should be enough for this old piece of hardware. Just buy SATA 2,5? HDD. Talk with your local dealer and buy high quality product.

HDD replacement is not complicated and you can do it alone. If you need some help you are welcome.

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i bought the Z40 with a 500 GB HDD. As a replacement i bought the following SSD:

Crucial CT512MX100SSD1 - 500 GB

Unfortunately i didn't get it to work. On the BIOS i can see that the system recognizes the ssd. But neither the restored system boots, nor windows 8.1 Retail installs. Are there any known compatibility issues?

The problems persist whether the bios setting is UEFI oder CSM.

I upgraded to the latest bios version to 3.7, but that didn't change the result.

A:Tecra Z40 - HDD Upgrade

If the BIOS recognize the new SSD drive, then the drive should be visible also for the system.
May I ask you how did you try to install the Windows 8.1 OS?
What installation media did you use?

The Tecra Z40 does not support internal ODD (optical disk drive). Therefore I?m wondering about the installation procedure

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i want't to upgrade my internl msate SSD 256 GB with a SATA SSD 960GB.

I think i need a new SATA cable. But i don#t find any Part Number of this cable

regards Frank

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I wonder whether anyone might be able to answer a question for me.

I have a nice Tecra R10-11B and it has been very good for quite a few years. It runs Win XP and does everything asked of it without a problem.

What I would like to find out, though, is whether it is possible to fit a quicker CPU. I have a suspicion that the installed cpu may be permanently fixed and is not replaceable but I would like to find out.

I had played with the idea of replacing the Intel P9400 Core Duo with something a bit new, to allow perhaps installing Win 7 and more memory. There is 3gb of ram installed.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


A:CPU upgrade on Tecra R10

The CPU is socked and this means that the CPU is removable.
But the important fact is that notebook manufacturers don?t support CPU upgrade.
One of the main reasons is the BIOS which is mostly modified by notebook manufacturers.

But let?s start with some basic knowledge:
The CPU has to be supported by chipset and BIOS.

So let?s check what CPU would be supported by Mobile Intel GS45 Express Chipset which is part of the Tecra R10-11B
Here on this Intel Ark page you can find compatible CPUs

But even if the chipset would support new CPU, some compatibility problems may appear because of the BIOS.
However, the Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs ( Montevina Penryn) were equipped in different R10 models, so probably other Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs would be supported.

By the way: the RAM could be upgraded up to 4GB RAM

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Hi all!!!

I'm Tecra A10-11K user and can I upgrade SSD on Tecra A10-11K?

A:Tecra A10-11K - Can I upgrade to SSD

Yes you can :)
You will need to use an SATA SSD drive

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After reading a recent article in PCPRO it mentioned about changing the wireless card in you laptop to a quicker one, has anybody done this and if so I would like to know the following things:

1) how and what does it require
2) How much was the replacement and what model
3) what is the situation with warranty and firmware.


A:Wi-Fi upgrade on Tecra M10

I have a few questions for you:

Which M10 do you have exactly (M10-xxx)?
Is maybe Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN WLAN card inside?
If yes, which standard you want to use to get it faster than standard N?

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I want to purchase Toshiba Tecra Z40-A1402 - 14" - Core i7 4600U
This item has 128 gb SSD on it. Is it possible to install a regular hdd on this ultrabook?
Anyone has an idea?

A:HDD upgrade on Tecra Z40


Is this the right specification for Tecra you want to buy?
As I can see it has 500GB SATA HDD inside.

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The Sound sounds aweful!!! which speakers could I buy myself and replace in my Toshiba Tecra S11 ?

A:How to upgrade Sound on Tecra S11?

To be honest I?m really surprised with your question. Fact is that Tecra notebooks are designed for business purposes and designed for usage in offices, meeting rooms and by customer visiting so the sound is not so important in the whole ?package?. This is not multimedia notebook so you will probably not find any Tecra with high quality speakers inside.

Ok I can understand you and maybe it is not bad idea to have perfec sound on this notebook model but I think this is the wrong place for your question. What you need is professional advice.

I recommend you to contact nearest authorized service provider and ask for help. They have maintenance manuals and know which speakers are inside and which speakers can be built in as replacement. Maybe some high quality speakers from harman/kardon can be used for upgrade but which one is not easy to say.

If you will do upgrade successfully please let us know and share every useful info with us.

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I have a Tecra A4 PTA42U-0200012l with a Pentium M 740 processor, 2GB RAM Dual-Channel DDr2, running 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 on an SSD.
It works very well, loads fast, proccesses decently, but the display is weak.
Can the graphics card (Intel 915GM/GMS,910GML - Express Chipset Family Toshiba) be replaced with a better one?

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Hi I have a old Tecra M2 PTM20 and need to update the Bios, have found the bios listed for the M2 downloaded it
but when I try to run the update I get the mesage that this computer is not supported


Message was edited by: nickj

A:Tecra M2 bios upgrade


I assume You are upgrading in Windows?
If so certain modules need to be in place before this upgrade.

If You're in WinXP, make sure You have Common Modules installed.
If You're in WinVista or Win7 make sure You have TVAP / Value added package installed.

Hope this helps.


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I have installed and working properly 2 module x 2gb (4gb) of Ram in my Tecra A7-237. running perfectly on Windows 7 64b

My question is this:

I can install two modules x 4GB (8GB) on that laptop?
I've located the modules, (CT51264AC667) I only need to know if the laptop will accept.

Thank you very much

A:Tecra A7-237 - RAM upgrade question

I found info that Tecra A7 can be upgraded with max 4GB of RAM so 2x4GB cannot work.

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I have a Tecra M5 PTM51E-02S01REN which has a 1.83GHz T2400 dual core processor.

I also have a 'dying' (graphics chip needs 2nd reflow!)
Tecra M45 PTM51E-0NC03JEN which has a 2.33GHz T7600 dual core processor.

Can I swop the processors?
if not, to what can can I upgrade the T2400 processor?

Thanks for any ideas

A:Tecra M5 - CPU upgrade options

Update: Well I googled the chipset and discovered it is supposed to support T7600
I updated the bios to the latest (3.7)
I replaced the T2400 with the T7600 fired it up the computer and . . . . . nothing, zippo.
Very disappointing.

The good news however is that when I put the T2400 back everything worked ok!!.

So, are they really not compatible?
Is there something else I ought to have done?

Suggestions gratefully received

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Hello All,

I am new here so please forgive if I have made a mistake. I was given a Toshiba Tecra M9 PMT90E laptop by a friend. I would like to upgrade it to Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit from Windows Vista Business 32bit.

I have downloaded the drivers for the laptop for Windows Vista and also Windows 7. I was given a copy of Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit by another friend. I am worried about doing a fresh installation instead of an upgrade incase I mess up the boot screen and the BIOS.

Should be worried upgrading from windows vista to windows 7 even though I have the toshiba product recovery disk for windows vista business 32 bit? I would prefer to do a fresh installation

I can be contacted via electronic mail. The address is [email protected]

A:Tecra M9 - Upgrade to Windows 7


If you have the Toshiba recovery disk everything is perfect and nothing can happen. :)

You can start with Windows 7 installation but as you already wrote I would prefer a clean installation because it would faster and more stable. In case it would go something wrong you can restore the original Vista with all drivers and tools every time because you have the Toshiba recovery disk :)

Windows installation doesn?t affect the boot screen (Toshiba) and BIOS. Windows has absolutely nothing to do with that.

So don?t worry about such things. Insert and boot from Windows 7 disk and follow the screen instructions. If something would go wrong use the recovery disk.

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Hi there,
i m just fed up with muy tecra and i want to give it a new high tech gaming makeover. I was thinking to change the motherboard cpu and hdd..Can you give me any ideas or advice where to start to find these components and if is it is worth it? Thanks a lot PC community the best ont he planet..:slurp::wave:

PS; OMG i love the smileis there are some really cool....>.::chef::darth: So Awesoooome

A:Toshiba Tecra M5 upgrade

Go new, consider Satellite P500.

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I would like to do a processor upgrade for my Tecra A11 11N from the i5-430M to a probably much faster i5.I thought the i5-580M would do, but the laptop did not boot when i installed this processor.

I reverted back to the 430M, did some research on the internet and found out that the 580M has a very high FSB speed and that is what probably made it not to work/incompatible with my machine.


and also at http://ark.intel.com/

Now i went back to the computer shop,returned the 580M and got an i5-560M as i compared it's specs and saw it would be compatible as it has the same FSB speed with the 430M.

I then later on in the day tried to install this cpu as an upgrade BUT alas!
I was left dumfounded.Processors in the same familly line are supposed to be compatible with one another provided:Lithography, FSB and socket type are similar.

Or what am i missing here?
I have done processor upgrades in many instances for both desktops and laptops and this is the first one that has left me with no words to say!

please offer some help/advice.


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A:Tecra A11-11N does not boot after CPU upgrade


Would recommend checking this Toshiba doc:

+Can I upgrade th CPU, Display or Mainboard in my Toshiba Notebook?+

The CPU upgrade is not supported (officially).
The point is that even if the chipset would support the new CPU, it could be possible that the notebook would not boot up due to compatibility problems between BIOS or other components on the motherboard and new CPU.

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Can anyone help please?

Question - I have Tecra Z50-C-10M. PT571E-01E002EN. It has 256gb m.2 SSD hard disk. I need more space. Can I simply had a SSD III hard 2.5" hard disk or must I simply replace the m.2 hard disk? I cannot find an answer to this question anywhere.

Thank you.

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I have a Tecra A7 (PTA71A-IEU003) and wish to upgrade to Windows 7.

On reading the website I find my machine isn't listed as upgradeable. I see
some people have done this and whish to know if they had any major problems and is machine running ok.

A:Tecra A7 - upgrade to Win7

I have also tested Win7 on some older Satellite notebooks and Win7 installation was successful.
Simply try it. All what can happen is that you will not be able to use some specific Toshiba functions due to missing Toshiba tools and utilities but generally speaking I don?t think you should have some big problems.

Let Win7 search for drivers and what you can also try is to check if you can use some Vista drivers, tolls or utilities.

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i have a toshiba tecra m1 i put windows 7 ultimate in it and when it booted up i had no sound and no wireless connection. i tried to install the drivers from the toshiba website and got a message saying drivers not compatible . so what should i do to get my wireless card and my sound driver for my toshiba tecra m1 running windows 7 ultimate please get back to me asap

Mod edit: remove email address

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I am the owner of Tecra 540.
Full details:
Tecra 540CDT/4.0 SYSTEM UNIT; Model No. Z7013615.

I have just downloaded the newest BIOS for that laptop (bios-20071126170622.zip)

Two files inside:

Now I am looking for a way to flash BIOS. This machine does not have floppy drive but CD-ROM.
I was looking at Toshiba site where "how-to" for upgrading BIOS is described for any of Toshiba laptops but not my :(
http://eu.computers.toshiba-europe.com/cgi-bin/ToshibaCSG/faq.jsp?z=234&service=EU&from=faq_selection&CFID=B IOS&FID=TRO0000000b07

Can anyone please let me know what steps do I need to upgrade the newest BIOS ?

A:Tecra 540 - BIOS upgrade ?


On the Toshiba driver page in the Tecra 540 section you can find two BIOS packages.
The one package BIOS 8.00-TRAD contains an BIOS Tecra 540 exe file and some pdf documents which describes how to update the BIOS.

Furthermore the Toshiba FAQ document +?How do I update the BIOS on my Toshiba Notebook and where can I get the latest BIOS for my machine??+ provides a step by step instruction.

Please check the last point *?BIOS Upgrade Procedure 7?*

It says:
For all models except those listed in procedures (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6)
So if your model was not listed in the early procedures then you will have to use the last ?Procedure 7?

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Hi everyone,

this is my first post here!
I'm from portugal and I bought a R840-16J two months ago. I choose this model because had all the specs I wanted (I run Toshiba laptops since 1997...and my first one still works!) except one: it did not have a SSD. Since I could not custom make my laptop I bought it with a 500 GB 7200rpm hdd,
The only upgrade I could make (and I made it) was to install an extra 4 GB RAM module.

I would like to install a SSD now (with the same capacity...).

My questions:

1- do you recommend me any special brand/model ?
2- what the steps I need to make to have a proper installation ?
3- I have installed lots of sw that I need (Office, PS, and lot of astronomy specific sw I use). Do I need to re-install all these or is there any solution to "clone" my HDD to the ssd?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated :-).


A:SSD upgrade for a Tecra R840-16J

> 1- do you recommend me any special brand/model ?

I would not recommend an specific model or manufacturer? I think it?s always a matter of price-performance ratio. I recommend you to search for some benchmark tests and reading some SSD drive test on different tech websites.
Then you can choose the best SSD drive for you? I mean it does not need to be the best and the expensive one?

> 2- what the steps I need to make to have a proper installation ?

This is the same procedure like HDD upgrade.
Check this nice HowTo from Toshiba:
Tecra R840 & Satellite R840 HDD Replacement Procedure

> 3- I have installed lots of sw that I need (Office, PS, and lot of astronomy specific sw I use). Do I need to re-install all these or is there any solution to "clone" my HDD to the ssd?

You can install everything again on new SSD drive or you will create an image:
You can use an option included in Win 7:
Click on Start go to Getting Started and then select Back up your files.
Next click on the Create a system image hyperlink.
Now you can choose where you want to save the image. You can choose an external HDD, burn to multiple DVD?s, or store it on a network location.
When you would like to restore the image, you will be able to use the System Recovery Options to get the system back. To get system recovery option you have to boot the Win 7 press F8 have to choose repair my computer. In this window y... Read more

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Hi, I have Tecra M5 PTM51E model with T2600 Yonah (2.16ghz,667fsb) core duo processor, few days ago I just replaced this cpu with core 2 duo - T7400 Merom (2.16ghz, fsb667) and all works almost fine... cpu is properly recognized, I was able to install win7 64bits.

The only problem i have is fan speed, it is going full speed from booting laptop till shutdown, i have latest BIOS 3.70, Toshiba Power Saver - no matter what i set fan is going 100% speed, temperatures are ok, HWmonitor shows 28-30C in idle and 60 in stress, and fan was cleaned during cpu replacement.

I assume i need toshiba diagnostic/maintenance cd to set proper values for fan speed to this processor?

I appreciate any suggestions, thanks!

A:Re: Tecra M5 PTM51E - CPU upgrade issue

I tried upgrading the CPU in my laptop and ran into the same problem.

If the BIOS doesn't support the CPU model, then the CPU speed and fan speed will be incorrect.

You will need to use one of the CPU's that are available in the Tecra M5 range for the calibration to work properly.

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I'm about to by a Tecra R840 with i7 2620M processor. Is it possible to upgrade to a quad-core processor like the i7-2720QM?

A:Tecra R840 - upgrade to i7 2720QM


CPU upgrade is tricky. Nobody can say if your notebook would run stable after such upgrade.
There could be a compatibility issue between the CPU and BIOS or the higher heat dissipation could lead to higher temperature?

But generally speaking you can use the CPU which is supported by chipset on the motherboard.
If the chipset would support the new CPU then you would have good chances to get this CPU running.

It seems that both CPUs support the same socket? so it should not be a problem to fit the CPU on the mobo?

But why do you need new CPU?
The Intel Core i7 2620M is really a good CPU and disasembling the notebook means that you would lose the warranty!!!

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Hi, i want to upgrade my Tecra M10 with the max. CPU supported. Actually i have the Core Duo Prozessor T5670 installed. Can anybody give me an info about the capabilities of the M10?

Thank?s in advance.



A:CPU Upgrade for Tecra M10-13Z PTMB0E-01400LGR


Theoretically you could use a CPU which is supported by chipset.
As far as I know the notebook supports the Mobile Intel GM45 Express Chipset.
So you can check the Intel page for Intel Mobile Gm45 properties and what CPUs would be supported.

But generally speaking the CPU upgrade is a tricky thing because stronger CPU produces more heat dissipation and could lead to overheating.
Furthermore it?s not 100% sure that BIOS would support the new CPU.

I found also this nice Toshiba doc:
Is it possible to upgrade the CPU or GPU of a Toshiba Notebook?

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I am currently on BIOS version 2.90. EC version 1.90.
I have downloaded the BIOS update package for
however when I try to upgrade I get the following error message...

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

I am running as administrator. I am running WIndows 7 64 Bit professional.
Model M11SAU1.

The reason I am upgrading is because I am hoping it will solve my USB wireless headset issue. I have a plantronics .Audio 995 wireless headset with USB dongle that simply will not install using standard windows drivers which the manufacturer has told me should work. This device works fine on my other Win 7 64 machine. Ironically it also installs fine under VMware with XP running on my toshiba.... but refuses to install natively ?

Answers to either of these questions greatly appreciated ;-)

A:Tecra M11 - TBIOS Upgrade not working to

>The reason I am upgrading is because I am hoping it will solve my USB wireless headset issue. I have a plantronics .Audio 995 wireless headset with USB dongle that simply will not install using standard windows drivers which the manufacturer has told me should work.

In my opinion this has nothing to do with BIOS and don't think that the BIOS udpate is a solution for that...
However, did you intsall the VAP (value added package) for this notebook model?

As far as I know this is needed to be able to update the BIOS!!

Be also sure that you have disabled any Antivirus software and other security software and options!!!

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How to reinstall Windows 7 pro after a 500 GB HDD upgrade? How to access password protected data after reinstall? How can I get a Windows 7 professional install DVD?

(I do not installed new HDD yet, but I am planning)

A:Tecra S11 - How to reinstall Windows 7 after HDD upgrade?

Hi buddy,

You have created the Toshiba recover disk? Perfect!!!
After HDD exchange you need this disk you to install Windows 7. The Toshiba recovery disk contains an image of factory settings and that means you will have factory settings on the new HDD after using this disk. You have to boot from it and follow the screen instructions.

> How to access password protected data after reinstall?
It would be interesting to know which data you mean exactly.
Before you reinstall Windows you should backup all data on an external HDD for example.

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Greetings Gurus,

Pleeeaase help...

I recently upgraded my M10-PTMB1E to 8GB RAM from 2GB.

My bios sees 8GB, Windows tells me I have 8GB installed but 3.8GB usable, double-checked this with a boot-CD. I then pulled one of the 4GB chips out and put the 2GB back in. Windows sees the 6GB.

I tested the RAM with memtest and both chips passed (even though memtest only sees 4GB)

I thought it might be a case of updating the BIOS but whether I run the .exe files in bios-20091103164158, bios-20091104152403 or bios-20091104172541 I get an error saying "This computer is not supported"

Could someone please tell me:-
1) Does this machine truly support 8GB
2) If it does, what change do I need to make to get it to use all 8GB (excluding VGA of course)
3) What BIOS update do I need

Thank you for your help

A:Strange issue after RAM upgrade on Tecra M10


I don?t have this notebook model but I will try to help.

# Yes this notebook model supports RAM up to 8 GB
# Maybe this document will help you http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB82022E0000R01.htm
# Generally speaking you don?t need anything. Just if you want you can update BIOS but with old one everything should be OK. Just be sure you use compatible RAM modules.

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I just bought a tecra A6 from ebay and it runs pretty slow so i want to upgrade it a bit. Firstly it has windows 7 installed, so I'm thinking of re-installing it back to windows xp professional. Does anyone know if I will find all the drivers support, or will this be a nightmare for me?

Also I want to upgrade to a solid state harddrive but I am a little confused with the 4 pin business poking out. For instance will this HD (see link below) work?


someone said you don't need the 4 pins??..what type of hardrive do i look for? what series..

any help most welcome...just want a reasonably fast lappy that gives me internet, wordprocessing and small graphics...its got 1 gig ram which I shall upgrade..maybe once i upgrade the ram i won't need a new HD??

any advice much appreciated


A:Need advice about upgrade and OS configuration on Tecra A6

Tecra A6 is fully supported for WXP so there is no problem to find all drivers, tools and utilities.
On Toshiba download page - http://www.toshiba.eu/innovation/download_drivers_bios.jsp
Tecra A6 is listed in Archive.
In my opinion there is no sense to install old WXP. It is not supported anymore and Win7 runs perfectly on this old Tecra model.

HDD in this old Tecra has SATA connector and, according specification it supported HDDs up to 120GB so I think this SSD can be used in your machine.

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Hi to all.

I would like to know if it is possible to upgrade (buy and then replace) my HDD-SSD (256GB) to one of 500GB/1TB on my Tecra R950-19E.

If yes, you have online stores to suggest to buy?

Thank you.

A:Upgrade of HDD/SSD to 500GB on Tecra R950-19E

I don't see any reason why you could not do this.
Online store? I don't know where do you live but I think you should try to find some online store in your country.

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Here are my laptop specs.

Tecra A2-104: Intel? Celeron? ...
Part Number : PTA20E-07701QEN
Key Features
Intel? Celeron? M 330 (1.40 GHz) processor
Windows XP Professional
40GB Hard Disk Drive. Rotation speed - 4200 RPM. Certification - S.M.A.R.T

Could anybody advise me as to which type of HDD would best suit as current one just isn't big enough. I don't want to go and buy one and realize that it doesn't work.


A:Tecra A2 - Upgrade HDD from 40GB to something bigger

Hi duff321,

Usually HDD upgrade is no problem because it?s no tricky procedure and if you buy a HDD with more rpm (rounds per minute) and something bigger (120GB for example) your computer should work a little bit faster due higher data density.

Anyway, mainboards with IDE controller have 28bit LBA limitation that means you can use HDDs up to 128GB or with other words 120GB would be the maximum HDD capacity and this should be ok because it three times as much as on old HDD.
I can recommend HDDs from Western Digital for example but all other brands should work properly.

Just have a look on some online shops or ask your authorized service provider.

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can someone help me with the procedure to update my win7 to the oem win 8.1 which was delivered with the laptop? I tried booting from the first dvd and there is only option to recover the laptop, removing everything. I wonder isn't there a standard windows upgrade that doesn't touch other than OS files and preserves accounts, passwords etc?

If I download from microsoft site - where do I find the OEM serial number?

Thank you in advance

A:How to upgrade my Windows7 to Windows8.1 - Tecra Z50-A-15W

According notebook specification your notebook was preinstalled with Win7 64bit and Win8.1 installations DVD. Before you do anything make Win7 back up and create Win7 recovery media (DVD or USB).

I don?t have this notebook model but if I understand the situation right Win8.1 DVD that you got is installation disc that you can use for clean Win8.1 installation. With other words it is not an upgrade disc that you can use to upgrade preinstalled Win7.

Create Win7 recovery media, back up all your all your important data and use Win8.1 recovery disc to make clean Windows installation.
> If I download from microsoft site - where do I find the OEM serial number?
Both versions that you got with your machine are activated and you don?t need Windows product key. By usage of any other version Toshiba has nothing to do with it and you must obtain and buy valid product key.

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I have installed W7 X64 Enterprise on my Tecra M5 (PTM51A) , Installed 4Gb of Memory. Now I want to upgrade the WiFi to N300 with a WiFi card that will load the drivers. I tried an Intel 5100 ABGN (not the Toshiba PA3655U-MPC version) but it will not work. I can only conclude the Tecra is looking for their version.

Question for me & others: What WiFi N300 cards will install?

Thanks Johnp4216

A:Tecra M5 - WiFi card upgrade

Problem is that officially WLAN card upgrade is not supported and unfortunately there is no info about that. On this forum you can find many threads with the same theme. If you have some time try to use advanced search option and check if you can find some info about WLAN card upgrade.

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Hello, I have a Tecra 8000 laptop 400Mhz, 128MB Ram, Win 2k pro. I was given a 128 MB RAM chip and I installed it and I had no boot up. I took out the chip and restarted the computer and I still don't have boot up also no display. I pushed the reset button and yes, you guessed it, no boot up. Is there any other tricks I can try?

A:Tecra 8000 No Boot after Ram upgrade

Hi there -

By "no boot up", do you mean it hangs, or do you not even have power? If you have power, have you double checked your original RAM to make sure it is seated properly?

Hope that helps.

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Dear All,

I have a Tecra A9 51G with 160 GB hard disk. Is it possible to replace the existing hard disk with a new hard disk of higher capacity like 500GB or more.

Many thanks for your help in advance.

- Rajamani.

Message was edited by: rajamani.kandasamy

A:Tecra A9 51G Hard disk Upgrade.

Yes you should be able to install a 320 or 500GB with no problem. I imagine a 750GB should also be fine, but I wouldn't try installing a 1TB just in case there is a Chipset/BIOS sector addressing limitation.

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Is a X9000 compatible with this laptop ?


A:Question about Processor Upgrade on Tecra A9 (PTS52E)

It should be Tecra A9 right?

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I need to upgrade BIOS v 1.60 to latest BIOS version. I downloaded from Toshiba's site bios file (bios-20091103164158.zip -> P0065v300.exe) but when i try to upgrade come this issue:


My notebook:
Windows 7 32bit

A:Tecra A10-12H - BIOS upgrade: 'this computer is not supported'


Did you install the VAP (value added package)?

The VAP is necessary in order to run some Toshiba tools and to update the BIOS.
I found a threads with the same error message but the user used Win XP.

The issue could be solved by installation of Common Modules (only for Win XP).
But the VAP is released for Vista and Win 7 and common modules are within the VAP package.

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Hi guys i'm new here and really not that good in the pc world but i recently purchased a new toshiba laptop tecra 8, really good stuff, but recently i've encountered a problem when i installed "call of duty 2" i complete the installation successfuly but when i try to play the game a message comes on my screen saying that there is an error with the directx. The directx in my pc is the latest cause i checked and just to be sure i installed it again but no use. Then i asked a guy about it and he said most probably its with my graphics card, i then checked the specs of my laptop and found out that is an intel built in card the type is "mobile intel(r) 945gm express chipset. My question is: can i upgrade my laptop card to a stronger one or because it is a built in card then i will not be able to change it? The other question is: will this card play this game or any other game with similar graphics? If not then should i just sell it now and buy a new one even though i payed about $1,700 for. Please somebody help!!!!!!!!

A:Toshiba tecra 8. Is it possible to upgrade the video card?

Laptops don't have video cards, they only have on-board video chips. These chips are part of the motherboard. Your options are to upgrade the video driver or buy a better graphics laptop...

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I've got a problem using Windows 7 on a Tecra S4 notebook:
After installing of all the available drivers (most dedicated for Windows Vista 32 bit, but working) there's still a problem adjusting the brightness of the display:

After Installing the value added package, th Fn-buttons are working, but not Fn-F6 and Fn-F7 for adjusting the brightness.

Pressing this button, there is a reaction in moving the slider on the screen (only 3 positions 0% - 40% - 100%), the brightness 'sun' displayed in Windows XP when changing brightness had 8 positions), but nothing happens. Moving the slider by mouse action, it's exactly the same behaviour. Slider can be moved, but nothing happens. The monitor backlight is always maximum powered.

Does anybody know what to do?
I'd like to change from Windows XP to Windows 7 completely on this device, but this requires for me all the basic functions have to work.

A:Tecra S4-128: No Fn+F6-F7 function after Win7 32Bit upgrade


What version of VAP did you install?
It seems that Win 7 drivers are not released for Tecra S4.

Possibly its driver / software problem.
Would recommend updating the graphic card driver and to use the latest VAP released for Win 7.
You can find the VAP in other Tecra or Satellite series

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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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There are many problems with this Tecra A10.

As Windows Xp is off, I tried Windows 7 which is too awkward, so I wanted to try different OSes from eSATA. Although i could install Lubuntu to the eSATA it didn't want to boot (no hard disk inside anymore) from eSATA, but booted from USB.

Read in the forum, and put the Windows 7 Home 32 disk inside again and downloaded the BIOS update only to get a "not supported" answer.

The A10 has a Windows Vista Business sticker beneath, is that the only OS from which this Tecra can get it's BIOS updated?

We don't have any Windows Vista disks.

Installing Windows 2000 or XP is really time consuming, same for 9x.

The latest beta demoCD with eComStation, todays OS/2Warp, works fine on this Tecra, it has Windows 3.11 integrated, will that do? Installing Windows 3.11 to an SD card should also be swift and possible. If there are drivers available?

ReactOS (freeWindowsXP) is usually capable of booting, but it's still in alpha stage!

What about plain DOS? There are liveCDs with DOS.

One can also find Vista LiveCDs socalled VistaPE CDs on the net, but their origin is unknown.

What is the best option? Is there only one option?

A:Tecra A10-12Z BIOS 1.6 wanted to upgrade to 3, but "not supported" - W7H32


>Although i could install Lubuntu to the eSATA it didn't want to boot (no hard disk inside anymore) from eSATA, but booted from USB
I assume the BIOS does not support the booting from eSATA port but just from USB port.
But this is just an idea... this should be checked once again within the BIOS settings.
Maybe an BIOS update would help too.

>Read in the forum, and put the Windows 7 Home 32 disk inside again and downloaded the BIOS update only to get a "not supported" answer.

BIOS update can be executed from running Windows system only. But the BIOS update requires also some additional Toshiba software which depends on the system.

In case of Win 7 or Vista, the Toshiba value added package has to be installed. In case of the Win XP, you need to install the Common Modules package.

To be honest I don?t understand what you want to do?
The Tecra A10 is a great unit. I?ve got the successor called Tecra A11. I use Win 7 and its really great OS. Much better than the early Win XP

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Dear Forum

I am enquiring please about a Tecra A10 which, upon purchase, had Windows Vista Business Installed.
At a later date the owner upgraded to Window 7 (free of charge I think but I am not sure).

The Windows 7 installation became corrupted, and in need of fresh install, but a backup wasnt made.

Please does anyone know if the owner has a means of re-downloading the Windows 7 without further cost, bearing in mind the existing Windows 7 installation is a legal one .

Yours with thanks in advance

A:Tecra A10 - Win7 upgrade from Vista Business edition

I don?t know what earlier owner has done but if somehow possible install clean Win7 version and not Vista to Win7 upgrade. I have done this on several Vista machines and now all machines work perfectly with clean Win7 32bit version.

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Dear all,

I have 3 Tecra A9 Notebooks that came with a T7100 Core2Duo CPU running at 1.8Ghz with 2MB Cache. Upgraded all 3 to a T7700 running at 2.4Ghz having 4MB Cache. According To Intel the TDP of both CPUs is at 35W. Notebooks don?t get hot, not even warm actually. The CPU FAN switches itself to full power right after displaying the BIOS screen with the Toshiba Logo. Running Bios Version 2.1 on all 3 systems, having same behavior on all 3 systems. CPU properly recognized under WinXP, Win7 and Win10. Is there any way to get the CPU fan adjusted back to normal? The system isn?t any hotter than before the CPU Upgrade, just for some reason the BIOS now decided the fan has to run with full power. I even exchanged one of the CPU Fans with the one from a Tecra A10 Notebook but had the same effect than with the original fan. Having no Idea what I could do. Hope for your help!

Best regards,

A:Tecra A9 - After CPU upgrade fan runs constantly on full power

I believe calibration needs to be performed to set up the fan speed table.
A Toshiba Service Center can do this.

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My laptop was working fine until I upgraded the BIOS to 3.00. It takes a long time to boot whatever the boot support was (HDD, CDROM, ...) . After I select the boot support the screen goes black with a blinking white cursor for about 5 to 10 minutes, then windows loads normally and everything works perfectly.
I am thinking of downgrading the bios , but I can't find older versions.

A:Re: Tecra S10 G11, Extremly slow boot after BIOS upgrade to 3.00


Only a newest BIOS version is available on the Toshiba European driver page?
So if you need an older version; get in contact with an local ASP?

However, I recommend accessing the BIOS and to set the settings to default.
Possibly this is needed to get the notebook booting faster?

Good luck

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After upgrading to Windows 10 I find holding the function key down no longer invokes the function key utilities.
Will there be a fix for this?
Is there an alternative means of accessing these functions?

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