Toshiba satellite wont boot to USB

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i have a Toshiba satellite c850-1DD and i want to boot windows 7 from my 4 or 8GB usb stick, iv tried the CSM mode+usb boot order still doesnt want to work , i have disabled security... , nothing seems to be working my usb ports are fully working , could anyone help me solve this wouls be very appreciating.
 

Sean Fontenot

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hey guys! I've just jumped into the Toshiba world and picked up my first Satellite. After not being able to boot from USB, and having a VERY frustrating experience with technical support, I feel obliged to provide the more clear answer to anyone else searching with this same problem. It is not simply enough to change your boot priority to 'USB'

The answer is you have to disable 'Fast Startup' within windows, and then 'Secure Boot' in the bios, and once you've changed Secure boot to disabled you can then change your Boot option to 'CSM' instead of 'UEFI'. THEN, you can change the boot order priority to 'USB' first and it will actually boot your bootable usb device.

Warning: When you change to 'CSM' boot option, your computer will no longer boot Windows until you go back and change the boot option back to 'UEFI'.

Instructions on how to disable Fast Startup (which then gives you the ability to boot into bios) :

Login to windows, hit the start key and 'Control Panel', then click on Control Panel. Type 'Power' and click on 'Power Options'. Then click 'Change what the power buttons do'. At the top you will see 'Change settings that are currently unavailable'. Click it, and then click Yes. At the bottom of your Power options (scroll down) you will see a 'Shutdown settings' with a 'Turn on fast startup (recommended)'. Uncheck that box and hit save changes.

Reboot and hold down F2 at boot to enter bios

Instructions on how to Disable Secure Boot and change to CSM boot within bios:

Once in bios go to the security tab and change 'Secure Boot' to disabled. Then go to the Advanced tab and press the down arrow key to System Configuration and hit enter. go to 'Boot Mode' and change it from UEFI Boot to CSM Boot.

Hit f10 to save and restart, plug in that bootable USB media and BAM, you've now got a computer working the way it should like almost every other single computer out there!

Just remember that because Toshiba is retarded and wants to over complicate things you will have to go back into bios settings and change CSM Boot back to UEFI Boot in order to boot the OS installed on your internal harddrive.

Hopefully this post will save you all the nightmare you get dealing with incompetent people over the phone who are underpaid in foreign countries to waste your time. Because we all know you NEVER get help until you get to a higher level of support, and these Corporate Tyrants want to charge you money for support for problems they've created with their own poor designs.

 

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Just want to reply to Sean Fontenot to say thank you! I was almost about to return this retarded product because it does not allow me to install a pro version of windows.
 

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I am same problem with my Toshiba Satellite L655D-S5109 laptop. But the problem is I don't have a selection for 'Secure Mode' or 'Boot Mode' in my BIOS (InsydeH20 3.5). The Windows 7 CD is in the CD drive and it is the first device set to book (the drive is working). I just get the 'No Bootable Device' message upon start-up. I am trying to install the software on a new HDD (my previous one stopped working).

I believe the laptop is looking for the Toshiba Restoration Disk instead and will not let me install a new copy of windows. Any work around for this to trick the computer to take the installation disk? I
 

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But my OS is corrupted and need to install new OS only through USB as my CD drive is not working.
As my OS is corrupted, I can't access control panel also. What shall I do?
 

Sean Fontenot

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If your OS is non functional then the "Fast Startup" should have no effect upon your boot process.

Reboot and hold down F2. Does this allow you to enter bios? It should. You should be able to follow the instructions from my post in order to disable UEFI boot and enable CSM boot in order to boot USB and get your new OS installed.
 

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I can enter into the bios. But there is no option to change secure boot under security. Also there is no option under system configuration to change the boot from UEFI to CSM. Hence the USB is not booting in my system.
 

Sean Fontenot

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Once in bios go to the security tab and change 'Secure Boot' to disabled. Then go to the Advanced tab and press the down arrow key to System Configuration and hit enter. go to 'Boot Mode' and change it from UEFI Boot to CSM Boot.

Are you saying that there is NOTHING in 'system configuration' It does not even say 'boot mode' ?

If there is not a UEFI option in boot mode, then your system predates UEFI as a option and you should not have any issues configuring your bios to boot from usb.

I do not know what to tell you other than 'look harder' :) There absolutely HAS to be a 'boot mode' in there somewhere. Every single bios known to man kind has that :p
 

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THANKS MAN!
 

Matt Ybarra

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how do i change my boot options back to uefi? I changed them to csm. somehow i messed my usb stuck up so it wouldnt boot from it, it wont even find it. so when i turn my satellite c55-a5308 on it comes to a screen that says no bootable device please insert one and press any key. but it wont recognize any of my devices and i try to hold f2 down when it boots and it does nothing goes straight to that screen no matter what buttons i hold at boot. pleasse help me
 

Sean Fontenot

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Did hitting F2 work before? It should work now as well if it did before. If not, please try the following keys at boot in attempt to enter bios:

F1
F2
DEL
ESC
F10

If none of these work then I am unsure as to the cause of your inability to enter bios.


 

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Hello,

I done this and managed to boot up from my USB device and my windows 7 installed. I then changed back to the UEFI boot option and restarted the computer but the computer is now coming up

"No bootable device - please restart system"

What is going wrong? Have I forgot to do something?

Regards,

Gary
 

umiboozu

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thanks Sean Fontenot
It was reading my usb key, first in priority, but I have the " no bootable device " with my seven usb key, and did what you said on bios
'Fast Startup' disable
'Secure Boot disable
'CSM'
then boot without problem.
 

stuart569

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Thanks Sean. This has done the trick for me
 

FastBrad

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Brilliant Sean, I don't know how long it took for you to find this solution but hats off to you for spending the time and posting this. I was able to boot directly from the usb by disabling the fast start. Simple as it sounds, finding it was just as simple as a google search. I do have to mention that if I change the boot mode to CSM Boot, it wouldn't boot properly from the usb so I changed it back to UEFI Boot and it worked. Thanks again Sean Ü
 

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I have Windows Vista on my Toshiba laptop and am trying to install Windows 7 using a bootable usb. When I go to power options > change what a button does > "change settings unavailable" ,it does not activate the option for "Shutdown Settings". Is this beacause I am on the older Vista system and you are not? All I need is the option to change from uefi to csm but am unable to find how to disable fast startup. Any help would be much appreciated
 

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I did it but when i came back to UEFI, same message appeared : "No bootable device - please restart system", I really dont know where is the problem..
 

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I just registered to this post just to say thank you to Sean you save my life but
I normally installed the windows but when I restart it again says no bootable device please restart I turned back the UEFI boot but nothing happened
 

Otavio

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Hi Sean,

I was able to boot from the usb however my hard drive was not mapped...

How can I "mount"my HDD ?





 

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Hi,
I have a much basic problem and I'd appreciate some help on this:
I've bought a Toshiba Satellite C-50 (without OS) and I can't access the BIOS and thus can't load an OS onto it either from a USB Stick or a DVD. When I switch the thing on, I'm not seeing the OEM screen.
I've tried to access the BIOS by pressing F1, F2, F8, F10, F12, ESC. The LEDs glow and the fan works, but apart from that nothing happens. Any ideas?
 

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Just wanted to say thanks to Sean Fontenot for his solution.
All I wanted to do was restore my Toshiba back to Factory Default, however, the "Recovery Media" Dvd's they provided with the laptop did not want to be picked up as "Boot devices". I was about to give up when I came across this thread.

I changed the CSM/UEFI option in the bios, and who would have thought.... the dvd's are suddenly recognized as boot devices, and I could continue with my restore.
 

lukie2008

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Cant thank you enough for your detailed and spot on description! thanks you!



 

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Having a similar problem, this seemed to help a little though. Now, at least after the TOSHIBA boot screen, I get a Win8 icon that then transitions just to a black screen that never goes away and requires a hard power down to get rid of. Never even have the option of doing the install.

Anyone seen this before? Getting extremely frustrating at this point.
 
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