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Revision to Toshiba Satellite A215 S4697 Troubleshooting

Grace Cowell

=== Slow startup ===
 
Starting up a laptop by initially providing it electrical power is called Booting. During this process, your Toshiba laptop starts to run a certain list of programs and operations that are necessary for you to be able to “warm up” the laptop for you so you could use it. But as you install new programs and update existing ones, some of the items on this list get obsolete andbecome unnecessary, and depending on your usage habits, many services that you do not use much gets added to this list as well.
Starting up a laptop by initially providing it electrical power is called Booting. During this process, your Toshiba laptop starts to run a certain list of programs and operations that are necessary for you to be able to “warm up” the laptop for you so you could use it. But as you install new programs and update existing ones, some of the items on this list get obsolete andbecome unnecessary, and depending on your usage habits, many services that you do not use much gets added to this list as well.
 
As a result, after months or years of many installations and updates, your laptop obtains a very long list of programs to run every time it boots. And mostly likely, this is what your laptop is currently suffering from. Below are two different approaches to resolve this issue:

* One of the most effective solutions is to help your laptop shorten the list of programs to run by getting rid of some unnecessary programs on it. For example, you might have an instant messaging program that pops up every time you boot up the laptop, but you actually no longer use it (thanks to Facebook!). You can navigate on your laptop to Start - Control Panel - Uninstall a program, then remove unwanted programs from the list on the display.
As a result, after months or years of many installations and updates, your laptop obtains a very long list of programs to run every time it boots. And mostly likely, this is what your laptop is currently suffering from. Below are two different approaches to resolve this issue:

* One of the most effective solutions is to help your laptop shorten the list of programs to run by getting rid of some unnecessary programs on it. For example, you might have an instant messaging program that pops up every time you boot up the laptop, but you actually no longer use it (thanks to Facebook!). You can navigate on your laptop to Start - Control Panel - Uninstall a program, then remove unwanted programs from the list on the display.
 
* One of the most effective ways to resolve this issue is to help your laptop shorten the list of programs to run by getting rid of some unnecessary programs on it. For example, you might have an instant messaging program that pops up every time you boot up the laptop, but you actually no longer use it (thanks to Facebook!). You can navigate on your laptop to Start - Control Panel - Uninstall a program, then remove unwanted programs from the list on the display.
* Another way to avoid slow startup is to not boot up your laptop at all! But this doesn’t necessarily mean not using the laptop at all. Once you are done using the laptop for the day, instead of choosing “Shut Down,” you can select either “Sleep” or “Hibernate.” Both of these options pauses your computer’s operation, instead of completely shutting it down. So when you “wake” your laptop up from Sleep or Hibernation, it only needs to unpause the operation, instead of having to go through the “warming up” process again.
 
A simple solution to fix this is to close (not minimize or hide to system tray) programs that you are not currently using. Note that there are programs that run without necessarily having a window open. Instead, these programs usually show that they are active by showing a small icon in system tray icon (usually at bottom right corner, next to the time display). You can right-click on a icon of the program you are trying to close, and choose an appropriate action such as “exit.”
 
If you wish to boost your laptop’s multitasking performance, consider expanding your main memory. By replacing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random-access_memory|RAM]RAM on your laptop, you can extend the limit that caps how many programs your laptop can have open at any given moment. More detail on how to do this can be found on our repair guide (this guide is currently being developed).
If you wish to boost your laptop’s multitasking performance, consider expanding your main memory. By replacing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random-access_memory|RAM]RAM on your laptop, you can extend the limit that caps how many programs your laptop can have open at any given moment. More detail on how to do this can be found on our repair guide (this guide is currently being developed).
 
== My laptop is not connecting to the internet ==
 
‘’Can’t log ontoon to Facebook! Oh no!’’
‘’Can’t log ontoon to Facebook! Oh no!’’
 
First of all, make sure you are within 5 feet of your wireless router/modem and your laptop is plugged in.
=== Make sure your WiFi switch is on ===
 
On this Toshiba laptop, it is very easyhard to accidentally turn offfind the Wifi.ThisWifi switch.This switch is about an inch long anda small rectangle with grooves alongthe words “Off/On” on it. It lies horizontally on the front of the laptop, on the bottom edge, to the left of the mouse pad. Make sure that is positioned belowto the _____ and not the __right in order for your laptop to detect WiFi.
On this Toshiba laptop, it is very easyhard to accidentally turn offfind the Wifi.ThisWifi switch.This switch is about an inch long anda small rectangle with grooves alongthe words “Off/On” on it. It lies horizontally on the front of the laptop, on the bottom edge, to the left of the mouse pad. Make sure that is positioned belowto the _____ and not the __right in order for your laptop to detect WiFi.
 
=== Reboot the system ===
=== Don’t run programs in the background or multitask ===
 
Every program you run on your laptop uses power. The more programs you run, the shorter your laptop’s battery will last. When you are running on batteryyour battery, use as few programs as possible.
Every program you run on your laptop uses power. The more programs you run, the shorter your laptop’s battery will last. When you are running on batteryyour battery, use as few programs as possible.
 
=== Make sure your vents and fans are clear ===
 
Laptop’s generate much heat since they lack good ventilation. To get the most out of your laptop’s cooling system, ensure that your vents are clean and not blocked and wipe any dust off of your laptop.
Laptop’s generate much heat since they lack good ventilation. To get the most out of your laptop’s cooling system, ensure that your vents are clean and not blocked and wipe any dust off of your laptop.
 
=== Defragment your hard drive ===
 
Your hard drive uses less more when it runs more efficiently. Regular defragmentation of your hard drive helps it run faster and use less power. To defragment your hard drive, go into the Accessories folder in your start menu and open the System tools folder, the defragment option will be in that list. However, do not do this when running on battery.
Your hard drive uses less more when it runs more efficiently. Regular defragmentation of your hard drive helps it run faster and use less power. To defragment your hard drive, go into the Accessories folder in your start menu and open the System tools folder, the defragment option will be in that list. However, do not do this when running on battery.
 
=== Dim your screen ===
=== Prevent your laptop from overheating ===
 
Laptop’s do not have very good cooling systems. Dust build-up can make this problem worse and lead to overheating. This should be noticeable since the keyboard will be very hot while you are using your laptop. To help your laptop stay cool, keepmake sure the vents are not blocked and keep dust away from your laptop.
Laptop’s do not have very good cooling systems. Dust build-up can make this problem worse and lead to overheating. This should be noticeable since the keyboard will be very hot while you are using your laptop. To help your laptop stay cool, keepmake sure the vents are not blocked and keep dust away from your laptop.
 
Laptop shutting down randomly may be caused by overheating due to dust build up. The solution to this would be to clean out your fan as the dust build up would have caused overheating , which would then caused the laptop to shut down.
 
Video on dis-assemblydisassembly for cleaning the fan:
Video on dis-assemblydisassembly for cleaning the fan:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=G2AcFvd9qjc
=== Dead battery ===
 
Plug your laptop in to be chargecharged and see if the problem persists. If not then your battery is probably running out very quickly. The tips in the section titled “My laptop’s battery life is very short” may help this or your battery may just be old and needs to be replaced.
Plug your laptop in to be chargecharged and see if the problem persists. If not then your battery is probably running out very quickly. The tips in the section titled “My laptop’s battery life is very short” may help this or your battery may just be old and needs to be replaced.
 
== My laptop does not start properly ==
This noise is likely being caused by a faulty hard drive. Remove the hard drive and start the computer to see if the noise stops. The hard drive will need to be replaced if it is the source of the noise.
 
===== The laptop starts, but the display is broken up by lines. =====
===== The laptop starts, but the display is broken up by lines. =====
 
This may be caused by the screen, the video card, the video cable or the motherboard.

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