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So i just got a laptop in from a client, the computer starts up, and the loading bar gets about 3/4 of the way to the end but then everything stops, if i hit enter BIOS it will get 3/4 loaded then freeze, so i cant access the BIOS either. Im thinking its a bad BIOPS chip/motherboard but i have no idea where to get a new one, i saw this one site that was selling Toshiba A215 motherboards but they were selling them for 250$ a pop. Where can i get a new one, or can you help me fix it.
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So i just got a laptop in from a client, the computer starts up, and the loading bar gets about 3/4 of the way to the end but then everything stops, if i hit enter BIOS it will get 3/4 loaded then freeze, so i cant access the BIOS either. Im thinking its a bad BIOPS chip/motherboard but i have no idea where to get a new one, i saw this one site that was selling Toshiba A215 motherboards but they were selling them for 250$ a pop. Where can i get a new one, or can you help me fix it.

The A series has a rather quirky BIOS, your best bet would be to disconnect the CMOS battery and remove all power sources from it for a while. Since most of these laptops have the CMOS battery soldered on, you may have to google what you will need to short out to reset it.

I think this might fix it because I had an A135 that had very few successful boots, I shorted the CMOS and did not experience further BIOS problems. If this fixes it, download the latest BIOS to it and flash it, this might eliminate further problems.
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Cmos battery on the 215 is soldered on for sure. I flashed my 215 bios and it needed a password outta the blue. If you open the bottom where the ram is installed, you will be under where the battery is soldered. After everything is unplugged and battery out, you can touch the 2 solder points together to reset. (with a screwdriver)

Took me a while to figure that out, but saved $400 from Toshiba.

Hope this helps.
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Originally Posted by Tiger S.;15361386 
Cmos battery on the 215 is soldered on for sure. I flashed my 215 bios and it needed a password outta the blue. If you open the bottom where the ram is installed, you will be under where the battery is soldered. After everything is unplugged and battery out, you can touch the 2 solder points together to reset. (with a screwdriver)

Took me a while to figure that out, but saved $400 from Toshiba.

Hope this helps.

So i just took out the RAM and i cant find any solder points. Can you be a little more specific please.
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Oh, well there should be a square/area that is labeled JOPEN1, and there should be a solder point that looks like a "C" and "T", it may be under a plastic shield, but I shorted that connection with a paper clip and it seemed to do the trick.

If this does not seem to be the case, unfortunately you may have to disassemble and short out the battery directly.
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