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Black screen, won't boot up, fan kicks on for a few seconds only, then powers down

When I attempt to turn on my laptop, there is a very faint image on the screen. It will load to the sign in page and then the laptop powers off. The fan kicks on for only a few seconds. Tried turning it on with only the battery and then plugged into the power source. Same thing happens. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • flopyou Oct 17, 2008

    I tried plugging in an external monitor, but nothing happened.

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Check the display on the external monitor through the vga port, if the display is fine , then its the problem of your laptop screen, some time this is due to the cable that gives display to the screen, take it to the technician and checks there
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    pankaj rautela Oct 18, 2008

    CHECK THE RAM ALSO, IF THE PROBLEM REMAINS THE SAME, THEN ITS THE PROBLEM OF *********** BOARD

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