Hey everyone, first time here
I ahve a Canadian Toshiba M40 which has a corrupted "sptd.sys" file that's preventing the machine from booting into windows. I've gone to a couple places and a cople forums and they all say I need to reinstall windows, or somehow replace the file with an uncorrupted version, but I don't think I can do that unless I can get into windows. I have, as far as I know, a bootable Windows XP Home Edition CD in the drive, and I have, to the best of my knowledge, changed the boot order to check the CD drive first. A couple of problems here. First, the computer's internal CD drive is extremely finicky; basically, it decides when it wants to read CDs I put in it. Right now, it doesn't seem to want to. SO, the places I went to suggested I get an external DVD drive and try it through that, so I dropped a hundred bucks on one and it doesn't seem to work.
So basically, my questions are:
a) does anyone know if Toshiba M40 models can boot from external DVD drives?
b) does anyone have any other suggestions for what to do? A friend of mine has an Ubuntu boot CD... would it be worthwhile to try booting from that and then replacing the file that way?