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    My laptop has died... any ideas for revival?

    I have a laptop at home (on broadband, but only 512 wotsits) I was using limewire the other night, but as soon as I inserted my bluetooth dongle into the usb port, my laptop crashed. (I was wanting to Bluetooth some tunes to my mobile).

    Now, I cannot, revive my laptop. I Switch it on, .. screen remains black, fan starts to whir then stops. Nothing! Screen remains black.

    Any suggestions for any magic F key buttons or anthing else to try would be appreciated. Surely there is a way to re-boot? .. Cannot live without my laptop!

    (maybe stating the obvious, but I am posting from another pc!! lol )

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    ...hmmn..does anything at all appear on the screen?is it an ibm laptop by any chancE?

    Any beeping? Sounds like its overheating to me.

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    masterbrown;2207432

    Any beeping? Sounds like its overheating to me.



    jj584143;2207423

    ...hmmn..does anything at all appear on the screen?is it an ibm laptop by … ...hmmn..does anything at all appear on the screen?is it an ibm laptop by any chancE?


    its about 4/5 years old. using XP, toshiba satellite.. (not using a router).. fan not hot ... nothing at all on screen ... no beeping ..

    So it doesn't get as far as the bios screen then? Does it beep or flash any of the lights? Does the hard disk try to boot?(put you ear on the bottom of your lappy and you should hear and feel the vibration)

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    GAVINLEWISHUKD;2207446

    So it doesn't get as far as the bios screen then? Does it beep or flash … So it doesn't get as far as the bios screen then? Does it beep or flash any of the lights? Does the hard disk try to boot?(put you ear on the bottom of your lappy and you should hear and feel the vibration)



    no, not as far as bios screen... no bleeping.. 2 lights flashing to show its come on, then slight whirring of fan... but its a bit like starting a car, slight purr of the engine, but it doesnt 'catch' ..

    Take out the ram (2 screws on bottom middle of laptop)and starting it to see if it beeps.try pushing the button on the DVD player see if it opens i.e the system board is getting power. Also press FN key and the F5 key when booting to see if it has been switched to a different monitor.

    From that limited info I would suggest its the hard disk that has passed away. Get hold of a xp disk and put it in the cd drive then after the bios tries to boot from the HD and fails it should try the cd drive then just run through the recovery process.

    I hope you have backed your data up as its most likely gone. If there is you can send your drive away to a data recovery company and they will take it apart and try and recover the data and put it on cd/dvd for you.

    GAVINLEWISHUKD;2207528

    From that limited info I would suggest its the hard disk that has passed … From that limited info I would suggest its the hard disk that has passed away. Get hold of a xp disk and put it in the cd drive then after the bios tries to boot from the HD and fails it should try the cd drive then just run through the recovery process.I hope you have backed your data up as its most likely gone. If there is you can send your drive away to a data recovery company and they will take it apart and try and recover the data and put it on cd/dvd for you.




    if it was ONLY the hd at fault . You would still get video on the screen incl bios and at least a no operating system found. more likely cpu, memory or system board although with no bios beeps it sounds terminal. unless its something as simple as fn f5 toi trun screen back to lcd. if you press it accidentally it might try and display on an unconnectred external monitor

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    thanks for your help so far .. - appreciated

    yellowsticker;2207600

    thanks for your help so far .. - appreciated




    did you try the function key and the icon that looks like 2 monitors on one of the function keys at the top of the keyboard?

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    jj584143;2207628

    did you try the function key and the icon that looks like 2 monitors on … did you try the function key and the icon that looks like 2 monitors on one of the function keys at the top of the keyboard?



    am at work, laptop is at home, so going to have to try and cut and paste ur suggestions before I go home and print them... then have a bash when i get home. I feel a spending spree coming on !!!

    Did you take the bluetooth dongle out when you turned it back on? :?

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    birdyboyuk;2207667

    Did you take the bluetooth dongle out when you turned it back on? :?



    yep.. i yanked it out :oops: :-(

    jj584143;2207568

    if it was ONLY the hd at fault . You would still get video on the screen … if it was ONLY the hd at fault . You would still get video on the screen incl bios and at least a no operating system found. more likely cpu, memory or system board although with no bios beeps it sounds terminal. unless its something as simple as fn f5 toi trun screen back to lcd. if you press it accidentally it might try and display on an unconnectred external monitor



    I didn't say it was the HD just what I suspected would need to look at it to be sure.
    Well as we dont know what bios it has I cant tell as most do a system check before boot. Wouldn't think it was ram as should cause an error bleep, but yes it could be the motherboard or the processor.As for passing the videeo to an external monitor that wouldn't stop it booting, it would boot just with a blank screen.

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    am buzzing off for a bit now.. will be back just before 5pm to have another peep at the suggestions. I reckon I may be checking out the deals website soon for a new laptop :-( ..

    Where do you live?

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    GAVINLEWISHUKD;2207776

    Where do you live?


    nowhere need to Nottingham! lol

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    Hope it can be fixed but just in case:
    ]http://re3.yt-thm-a04.yimg.com/image/25/f11/197634502
    R.I.P.
    Yellowsticker's Laptop
    Gone but not forgotten
    2004 - 2008


    Hope its not too hard to replace Yellowsticker

    yellowsticker;2207794

    nowhere need to Nottingham! lol



    Was going to help if near, but would take it down to your local computer fair if you cant get it sorted, and take it to one of the second hand parts stalls as they will look at for free for you and sell you a part if they can get it working and if not then give you some cash for strip value.

    Ps if they cant get it going and you sell it for parts if your HD has personal documents on make them take it out and you take it home and destroy it.

    GAVINLEWISHUKD;2207883

    Ps if they cant get it going and you sell it for parts if your HD has … Ps if they cant get it going and you sell it for parts if your HD has personal documents on make them take it out and you take it home and destroy it.



    ...unless your name is Garry Glitter

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    thanks for your help guys and girls.. gonna go home and try the 'kiss of life' failing that.. its been nice knowing u all! x

    A few things you can try but best if you have a usb floppy disc drive and a spare new memory module for the laptop.
    Remove all usb connections / sd cards / pc cards / network cables / external monitor connections.
    Remove the battery for an 1hr, try the following with the battery in and without.
    Options:
    Pressing the power on key:
    Do you get the green power/standby light come on? / Green Mains Connected light
    Is the normally green standby light flashing orange quickly (rather than slowing changing orange back and forth- which is standby) - this means a corrupt bios, but can be easily repaired if you have a usb floppy disc drive.
    Does the wifi light show up / or the dvd rom light come on and stay on, along with the power lights, does the battery light show orange (charging or green charged)
    If the only light on it the power standby/power connnected lights then it could be you have a failed memory module. If you can get access to the memory either underneath the keyboard or from beneath then removed one of the modules, if it stil doesn't work remove the other, replacing the first, but best to test with a new memory module.
    If you are getting no lights at all, test using another power supply just in case, but looks like the power has failed.
    Entering the bios: Toshiba.
    Escape key followed by Function key F1 normally get you into the bios on startup, but generally you get a display or at least the backlight of the display.
    Try pressing the first key to the left of the space bar - this also forces a bios update, if you have a usb floppy drive you will see the computer try to access the drive.

    Any short beeps tend to signify a failed memory module.

    The last thing to try is a vacuum around the air vents, if the fan on the processor can't rotate the machine won't switch on.

    Let me know how you get on.

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    Dude...this thread is a tad old

    Good Point - i'll check the date next time!!!! I thought at the time I was on the new thread - obviously not. I'll make sure I check my dates next time, cheers

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