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Which new OS can I use with old Tecra 8100?

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

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.

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

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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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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'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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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'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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We are using a toshiba tecra 8100, we can turn it on perfectly and it loads up, however the screen is practically, completely black. We can only faintly see the windows XP background and have tried Fn + f5 to change the contrast or what have you, but still no luck.

any ideas?

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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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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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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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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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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

I have Toshiba Tecra 8100 & dell Latitude CPx laptops with Infrared ports , but i don't know or have the drivers for the InfraRed for these laptops.

please i need to get the drivers and how to install them ..
This is My Best and Top place to have Help everyTime..
I Love It .. )

A:Toshiba Tecra 8100 & Dell LatitudeCPx Laptops

Please don't duplicate post. Reply here:


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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.

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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I run a Toshiba laptop Tecra 8100 with a video driver version of 4/16/2002 for the S3 Graphics Savage MX in Windows XP Pro.
I discovered that there seem to be upgrades for this driver. However, I do not know if I have to use the PCI or the AGP upgrade for Win XP. Also, will this upgrade work on a Toshiba laptop?
The Toshiba forum is extremely slow to answer.
Thank you for your help,

A:Toshiba Tecra 8100 video driver upgrade

Well I just looked up the specs on that laptop
8100 Specs

And it says your S3 Graphics Savage MX is AGP, so use the AGP upgrade. Hope I helped!

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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?

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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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Does anyone know if there is a update driver for the s3savmx driver that comes with the tecra 8100 laptop computer? I installed windows xp os in my 8100 and the display driver stops responding, is there a update driver out there and if so what's the name of it?

A:Tecra 8100 Laptop S3savmx Display Driver

Have you checked the Toshiba website to see what support they offer?

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My faithful and beloved Tecra 8100 which is ideal for my purposes locked up the other day in the middle of a session.

Restarting windows resulted in the machine locking once Windows was running.
I started in safe mode - no problem.
I disabled all unnecessary devices and then went through a process of elimination by selectively enabling devices and rebooting.
I found that the problem was the Yamaha audio device - enable it and the machine would lock up, disable it and it would run normally.
It has been running fine now for a day with the Yamaha audio device disabled.
I have tried uninstalling/reinstalling the device - no change.
I even did a fresh XP install - no change.

I have run XP pro for over a year without a problem (up to now) and I don't regard audio as critical - just a nice to have.

My questions are:

Is there anything else I should do in the way of diagnosis?

Any hints for commonly encountered problems?

Can anybody with experience of fixing these machines or similar advise if replacing the audio board assembly is likely to effect a repair?

I seem to remember from the last time I opened it up about two years ago to change the cpu that the audio assembly was on a separate board but is that everything?

Note that this is an _ancient_ machine and is _not_ going to be taken to a repair shop where the bill would be more than it is worth! I am competent to replace the audio board, more than that and I'll probably continue to run it... Read more

A:Tecra 8100: Advice please - replace audio board?

Well, as you know such replacements are very tricky?
However, I don?t think that you will be able to replace such sound board? but it?s my personal opinion.

From my experience I know that the Yamaha sound card (sound driver) is not fully compatible with Win XP SP1 and SP2. The sound driver update is necessary.

Google for that?

I have searched a little bit for some instructions how to remove such boards and found this page.

There you should find a link to the page how to disassemble the Tecra 8100.


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When Laptop boots, it keeps assigning my CDROM to F. I have tried changing the mapping in Disk Manager, but it keeps going back to F. I need my network drive to be F.
Any suggestions?

PS. I had loaded IOMEGA Zipdrive software and have since deleted it and any registry setting related to it.

A:{Advice Offered} - Toshisba, Tecra 8100 Laptop, CDRom on F


Are you using NT/2000? IF so, go into Disk Administrator, right-click on the CD-ROM drive and select "Assign Drive letter". This should keep the setting set until you decide to change it, reboots and all.

If you are running Win9x, then go into Device Manager, and click on the properties button for your CD-ROM drive. Click on the "Settings" tab. At the bottom of the window you will see some settings called Reserved Drive Letters. The start Drive letter is the first free drive letter that the CD-ROM can use. The last Drive letter is the last drive that the CD-ROM can take.

I have just tested it on my laptop, and it works like a charm.


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]

Website: www.xperts.co.za/multiboot

Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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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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My faithful 8100 (W2K sp4) has developed an irritating fault. If you press Fn-F5 (Display control), the system promptly crashes.

It's quite hard to see what is said 'cos the BSOD message flashes by very quickly.
However, it looks like Stop 0x00000050 (0xF000FF54) Page fault in non-paged area.
Address 0045AB9F base at 20400000 DateStamp 45069e6e ntoskrnl.exe
Beginning physical dump of memory blah blah

Now I have no idea whay this has started. In case it was software I re-imaged the boot partition back to a stable image from 12 months ago but it makes no difference.

Its something to do with windows for sure. If I press Fn-F5 before the Windows has loaded there is no problem.

I'll try it in safe mode tomorrow to see if that helps but if anyone has any experience of something similar I'd love to hear it.

Thanks for any info

A:Tecra 8100 W2K: Fn+F5 produces Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)

The bad thing about those Blue Screens is, besides they are really annoying, that their error messages are just good for nothing. Never found out what Windows wants to tell me with this ;)

At the moment it is a bit hard to say what this has caused, but you could try to install new display drivers. They can be found at the Support & Downloads section.
So, safe mode seems to be a good idea for testing, because most of the drivers are not loaded, including the graphic card one's.

Perhaps this helps.

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I possess a tecra A10 complete with Windows Vista Business installed (and backed up to an image file using Easeus Todo backup

However I also have access to a Tecra M10 which came with no operating system, although the COA sticker (product key) is likewise for a windows Vista Business.

My question is: would my Windows Vista Business back up from the A10 work on the M10 (ie would it load onto the M10 hard drive and then work properly

If anyone can advise on this matter I would be appreciative please

Best wishes

A:Can I use Tecra A10 OS disk to install OS on Tecra M10?

At first I must say that Toshiba recovery image is created for each notebook model separately and it is 100% created to work on specific model. Why?
Every notebook model has different hardware platform and all drivers, tools and utilities for certain model are part of recovery image. These recovery images are also tested.

Generally speaking if both models have identical hardware platform (hardware parts) it can be used.

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Dear forum
The above says it all really.

I see the two look similar, but one is smaller. Are these two models different in other ways please.

A:Difference between Tecra A10 and Tecra M10

Of course the both notebooks are different.
There are different Tecra A10 models and there are different Tecra M10 units.

For example:
Tecra *A10-13B* supports an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2,26 GHz CPU and Intel GM45 chipset.

Tecra *A10-1D2* supports an Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 2.80Ghz CPU and Intel GM45 chipset

You can find details about different discontinued notebook models here:
Then you can compare all the hardware parts.

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I want to fit a Sapphire HD 7950 Dual-X in a Dell Studio XPS 8100, but I don't know if it will fit. Will it fit? Thanks!

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  Motherboard Model:                      DELL 0G3HR7  Motherboard Chipset:                    Intel H57 (IbexPeak DH)  Motherboard Slots:                      1xPCI, 3xPCI Express x1, 1xPCI Express x16 
some months ago, i have upgraded PSU to Seasonic Silver 620W
now i will upgrade GPU, nvidia MSI gtx 950 2GB
is it possible ? ... i mean if is my MB ok for this new graphic card

thanks in advance !!!

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