I don’t love my new Toshiba netbook any more

Early last year I bought a Toshiba NB200 notebook. It was just what I wanted. I bumped up the RAM to 2GB and installed Dropbox, and I never looked back. I could take my work with me and have it synchronise with my main laptop at home.

About a month ago it became unreliable as to starting up. Now it won’t start up at all. Not happy.

I’ve checked forums and so on. If I press F2 or F12 while it’s trying to boot up – nothing happens.

If I press 0 (zero) while it’s booting up to restore it to its factory condition – nothing happens.

If I do nothing when it’s trying to boot up, I either get a black screen or the Toshiba splash screen, and there it stays.

The forums also say to use my system restore disk. I have no system restore disk, and I don’t have a portable disk drive to run it on, so to buy these things will cost more money. I thought that’s what the space being taken up on the hard disk by the factory system restore was for.

I know we’re supposed to be replacing our netbooks with iPads or other tablets these days, but I use mine to work. I need a keyboard all the time. I don’t want to have to mess with a virtual keyboard, and I don’t want to have to carry a portable keyboard around and have to connect everything up when I get to the place where I am researching. I just want to open up my netbook and go.

I can’t afford to buy a new netbook every year and then upgrade the memory, and then spend the time loading everything back on it that I need. I would pay more for a netbook with a longer guarantee, but it seems that netbooks are on the way out, in favour of tablets.

OK, I’ve had my rant, thank you for your attention!

By the way, if you are interested in Dropbox, and I can’t recommend it highly enough, you will do me a favour if you sign up using my recommendation. That way I get more space, and when you are as hooked as I am you can recommend it to your friends and get more space above the first free 2GB.

5 comments on “I don’t love my new Toshiba netbook any more

  1. Pauleen 17 July 2011 4:34 pm

    You are not having a good run with technology this year, are you? Keep meaning to Delphic, perhaps it’s time

  2. Pauleen 17 July 2011 4:35 pm

    You are not having a good run with technology this year, are you? Keep meaning to Delphic, perhaps it’s time. Think I made yr point re keyboards….Dropbox not Delphic as iPad thinks!

  3. Geoff Crowe 17 July 2011 7:54 pm

    iPad virtual keyboard works. I find I can reliably touch type with both hsnds snd all 10 fingers. It just takes a bit of grtting used to.

  4. Carole 17 July 2011 8:24 pm

    I took the Toshiba to a technician this afternoon after my rant, and the news was as I feared. I could pay money to be given a diagnosis that I already suspected, or I could accept that either the motherboard or the hard drive are dying and neither is worth replacing.

    So my husband’s netbook is now mine and now has double the RAM. He rarely used it anyway!

    In future I will pay the extra money for the extended warranty so that they have to fix it and I don’t have to buy a new one after a year. One day I will buy an iPad or substitute and experiment with the virtual keyboard, but I can’t afford one today.

  5. Susan Petersen 18 July 2011 1:33 am

    Carole – been through something similar, so I empathize with you. I think it’s the manufacturers of the tablets who are telling people to replace their laptops and netbooks. I’m not going there yet, either.

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