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This category seems to best fit my problem. I am not having a linux related issue at the moment. I really do not know what this issue actually is. The ...
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- 05-11-2009 #1
Seemingly Dead PC
I am starting to think that I may just have to use it as a door stop or possibly a boat anchor.
- 05-11-2009 #2
Hello and Welcome.
From the symptoms you describe, I would say it's time to find a nice deep lake for this boat anchor that you speak of. I would suggest you try any LiveCD just to see if anything happens. If it was just the HD, you'd at least get an error message or something. The fact that the monitor does nothing is what leads me to think it might be toasted. Have you tied any BIOS keys, like press the Delete or F1 to enter the BIOS?
- 05-11-2009 #3
Hello and Welcome!
I have a similar issue with one computer... happened after a power surge threw a circuit breaker. While I haven't gotten around to tinkering with it yet, I suspect the power supply is the culprit. I'll try to get around to it this weekend, and I'll post back with any findings. So don't sink it just yet
- 05-14-2009 #4
Yeah, tried a live distro, tried bios keys, doesnt get as far as the bios, the power remains on but I dont even get system beeps =/
- 05-14-2009 #5
- Join Date
- Jan 2006
It's either the CPU or the motherboard, I've seen this happen a couple of times and that's what it was... however open it up and check there isn't a power cable that's come off the motherboard, that can sometimes cause the same symptoms, otherwise it probably copped a power spike and the mobo has blown.
- 05-14-2009 #6
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- Jul 2004
If you never see anything on the screen, then it could be the LCD backlight bulb has burned out. If you shine a flashlight on the screen, can you make anything out?
It also could be the backlight inverter (power supply) has burned out. This would result in no image, even when viewed with a flashlight. (Edit: This is wrong! You would see a faint image if the inverter is fried.)
Both are repairable, with the backlight bulb being the cheapest. You can have the inverter repaired, or purchase a replacement.
Does the laptop have a port for an external monitor? This would be a good method to test if it is the LCD screen that is bad.
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- 05-19-2009 #7
- Join Date
- Mar 2008
- England, Manchester.
Is it possible to try a different monitor on this computer?
One time my computer done this and the problem was i needed to take the ram out and put it back in, even though I had not touched it!