TOSHIBA SATTELITE Insyde bios recovery?

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  1. wezzyf1

    wezzyf1 MDL Novice

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    Hello

    I've a toshiba Satellite C50-A539 with bios version 1.40 curretnyl running.

    I updated to 1.40 from 1.30 since 3 years ago and ever since my laptop was never the same
    it used to be smooth and responsive now it's kind of laggy and slow ever since i updated to 1.40
    it's functional and performs well but it wasn't as fast as when i first got it,i could run Battefield 3 back then with Meduim settings on around 40~50 fps now im struggling to even run some older games.

    i need to know how do i access recovery mode ,i did download the desired bios,extracted it to a formatted FAT32 USB stick,used Andy's tool to get the name for the PT130.FD and it returned PTX64.f?(so i guess i should rename it to PTX64.FD? correct me if im wrong)
    anyway I've tried Windows+B
    Fn+Esc
    Fn+R
    Fn+F
    and nothing boots into recovery mode.
    all above combinations the pc started up normally and booted into windows..
    any ideas?
    what am i doing wrong and why am i unable to access bios recovery.
     
  2. mxman2k

    mxman2k MDL Developer

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    #2 mxman2k, Jun 16, 2018
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    FN + F usually is the one to invoke Bios Recovery, it may be the bios file may need to be named BIOS.fd as some Tosh's was a bit fussy, some needed the platform name such as the PX64.fd or PL64.fd sometimes you cannot go back a revision as the newer bios can prevent it.

    It can even be called BIOS.wph.

    FN + R may also invoke the recovery mode. As FN + F i think only works with a floppy drive (USB one if connected).
     
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  3. wezzyf1

    wezzyf1 MDL Novice

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    even with recovery mode?
     
  4. mxman2k

    mxman2k MDL Developer

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    FN + B may be another one to test. Seems Toshiba used a few ways!

    I think it called Bios Crisis Recovery. I found a few sites that mention using a Crisis Recovery way... The usb stick may have to be formatted as FAT12 (floppy format) and no larger than 2gb.

    If the laptop has windows running, have you tried the older bios as most Tosh's use the WIndows flasher method.
     
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    mxman2k MDL Developer

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  6. wezzyf1

    wezzyf1 MDL Novice

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    Running the windows InsydeFlash.exe will tell me that the bios i'm running is newer than the one that im trying to flash,and yes it's called crisis recovery.
     
  7. mxman2k

    mxman2k MDL Developer

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    Toshiba like HP have so many models with same numbers but different bios's it is a nitemare at times to find the right one!

    if i remember there was a way to make it flash a lower version, in a ini file i think you have to enable advanced mode. its been a long time since i used a win flasher for phoenix/InSyde type bios.
     
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  8. wezzyf1

    wezzyf1 MDL Novice

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    The bios inside is called PT130.fd which is my motherboard im sure i have the correct bios because i downloaded the 140 version from my official laptop tosohiba support page and compared both files,same size and everything
     
  9. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    take 1 ram out.

    try cdrom if its older than 2010 ..
    Fn X or F possibly R been a while.
     
  10. wezzyf1

    wezzyf1 MDL Novice

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    it's already running on only 1 ram,do you know how to check when was my laptop model made? not sure if it's newer than 2010
     
  11. tqhoang

    tqhoang MDL BIOS Modder

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    Isn't the recovery filename "PFX64.FD"?
     
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  12. wezzyf1

    wezzyf1 MDL Novice

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    No PFX is for a different model i guess,i extracted my bios and ran andy's tool on it it returned PTX
    it makes sense because of my motherboard's name is PT10F or something
     
  13. tqhoang

    tqhoang MDL BIOS Modder

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  14. chappatti

    chappatti MDL Novice

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    I have Toshiba P75 series. And exact same problem. I can avoid battery check and ac check using platform.ini file, but then there is an image check error.

    I cannot force flash. If we can find the option to force flash, maybe can help? The flash version is isflash12r but I cannot find the force option command
     
  15. chappatti

    chappatti MDL Novice

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    Also insydeflashx64.exe --forceit from cmd prompt doesn't work.