I know this an older posting but here was my horror story about ny recently deceased 5105-S901 that I bought about a year ago,
About 3 weeks ago I spilt a high protein chocolate drink on the keyboard while it was on, it just blacked out and refused to reboot after an hour or so of me using every method I could think of including compressed air to try and clean it up.
So supposedly I had this extended warranty that Compusa insisted I buy at time of purchase might help, no way they said, so it was sent to GSS and returned two weeks later un-repaired with an estimate of over $1450.00 and with no guanrantee it would fix everything. I was really pissed, told them it was about to be used for target practice in their parking lot!
I did learn that Toshiba has some kind of take a chance repair program, they get to guess whats bad and replace just "one" item of their chioice for $300, so I took chance and sent it out just last week, no word yet on if it is repaired.
So in the meantime I made bids on ebay or I should say E-PREY of severak P25 series plus an identical 5105-S901, most closed above what I was willing to pay.
Lots of weird ads of sellers in other countries selling $3000 laptops for $500, need cash immediately, buyer identity kept secret, etc. So no way I'll buy a high end laptop on ebay unless its a reputable seller.
And then I found this curious world of Sagernist's (LOL) The Toshiba of mine most likely is gonna cost too much to repair, it will never be picked up at Compusa, left abandoned by an owner duped into thinking it had warranty coverage by a large Computer store that cares less and less once you leave the store, never will I buy from them ESPECIALLY when I originally came into the store after a long hard day crawling all over heavy equipment smelling like diesel fuel and definately not looking like a computer user, I was totally ignored for almost an hour by at least 4 salesman, they all were more interested in office types of clientele. Me I'm ready to buy right then and there, had over $3,000 in cash in my pocket and thats about what I paid for it!
Never again! Sager looks better with everyday I read about it, though I can by the best one immediately now I am waiting a little bit for more news on the latest 17".
My advice to whoever reads this, don't get involved with a Toshiba unless its a christmas gift, and if it breaks down gut it out of any useable parts or sell it on Ebay, many folks need Toshiba parts anyway!