Cannot start Portege M200 from SD card


I recently bought a used Portege M200 and I'm unable to install an operating system.

The situation: I got the laptop with a trial version basis of win XP Home Edition I couldn't use. It would not boot from external dvd player usb I bought, so I installed a linux system hd with the laptop from a friend, then install via this machine (this method does not work with windows however).

After reading many articles from those who have encountered the same problem, I decided to go and trying to boot from an sd card, which offers various possibilities to install windows.
I tried a lot of things, but still could not boot from sd.
I use an SD card of 2 GB Panasonic class 4.

-Toshiba sd-utilities (AFAIK) only work on toshiba windows machines, so that they are of no use to me
-People say that place an image of a boot on the SD disk, naming $tosfd000.vfd or $tosfd00.vfd (tried both) would make the case, but no.
-When switching to FDD-> HARD drive boot order->... or using the third option in the toshiba start screen green led beside the card reader will Flash once, but then directly boot linux from the HARD drive.

Specifications: Toshiba Portege M200, 2 GHz, bios is ACPI v.3.01 (which is a little confusing because the version the most recent that I found for the portege is 1.8)
If someone messed up the bios in installig a version that is not compatible with my laptop?

any help much appreciated!



really strange case, but one of the first suggestions would be to try another SD card because it is possible that the card is not recognized correctly.
A good idea would be to try some transcend cards... but just try another card and give a feedback if it worked.
It would be really interesting if it works...

See you soon

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