I just purchased a Toshiba T135D-S1325. This is the 13.3" laptop with a Neo X2 processor and ATI 3200 graphics. It came with Windows 7 home premium 64bit. Before doing anything else, I used Parted Magic to shrink the Windows partition to create 160gb free space for fedora. I decided to set up Windows at that point before installing Fedora 13 beta. Unfortunately, Windows wouldn't start. I got Toshiba to tell me how to do a restore, but the restore apparently hung up. Eventually I got into the Windows task manager and stopped a repeating cycling of bootups.
Well, this isn't about Windows 7, which I did get working. When I tried to install F13beta from DVD (a usb DVD drive), I discovered the original partitions had been restored and there wasn't enough space to install Fedora. I reformated the drive again and began the installation (with help from the f13 beta repository). The installation was going slow (I have a slow DSL connection), so I went to bed. In the morning, I found a black screen with a circling busy symbol (ala ubuntu) in the middle. I couldn't get out of this and had to physically restart the computer.
Fedora13beta wouldn't start. Instead I got the Toshiba startup screen. I immediately stopped that so Windows (or the Toshiba restore sector) wouldn't load. The f13 DVD recovery mode just starts the installation program again when I bypass the Toshiba startup. Parted Magic shows the linux partition created by f13 is still there.
Apparently, the Toshiba bootloader cannot be bypassed in normal startup, and it has no provision for adding another operating system. I decided to try to find other information before proceeding at this point, but this is all new stuff. Any ideas would be appreciated. I'll probably try recovery again or reinstallation--or f12.
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I've been thinking about the ubuntu busy cursor on the apparently frozen screen. Why ubuntu? This is a computer with windows and (possibly) fedora installed. Where would an ubuntu cursor come from? It's the round one that looks like a spinning disk with fading dots (as opposed to fedora's oval spin around an arrow and win7's spinning color circle).
Could Toshiba'a restore program be running ubuntu? Has source code been published if that's the case?