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When your computer emits beeps when you power on the computer, it's usually means that you have a memory issue. Try re-seating the memory modules and power on the computer. If you have more the one module, insert one at a time and power on the computer. The other issue is if that model supports 4 gig memory.
Disk Drive works, Memory is good, so any Blinking Lights or Beeps when you hit the power button? Does anything ever post to the lcd screen when you press the power button?
It sounds like either you've got a memory issue or a video card issue. Just because the memory worked in your friend's computer does not mean it will work in yours. Your Slot where the memory goes might be bad.
When you plug in the power cord is there anylights whatsoever on the laptop, where the plug goes in or on the AC Adapter ofthe power cord?
When you press the power button do you hear fans running, hard drive spinning,lights on the computer, hear any beeps or lights constantly blinking, hear theDvD/CD drive click and the light on the drawer of the DvD/CD turn on for asecond or two? If so the laptop is trying to boot or may have booted, butthe screen is not showing for some reason.
Beep tones and blinking lights tells the technicians what is going on with thelaptop and why it is not booting. Most times it's a motherboard issuewhen you hear beeps or blinking lights continuous.
You should try a different monitor if you can. I can't tell if you see the motherboard's BIOS, but if you don't, then I bet it's the monitor. If you can't find another monitor to plug it into, your TV might have the correct input. Hope this helps!
I have a feeling your hard drive is going bad if your hearing a clanking sound sometimes. Best way to know is to try to save your important stuff onto your external hard drive if you can and then format your C: drive using a windows 98 boot disk. If it can't go thru the format then you know for sure the drive is bad or if your hearing clanking sounds from the drive while your trying to do any of these steps then the drive is still bad.
Sounds like a blown power supply. Easily fixed. Go the a local computer store and buy a 400+ watt power supply, open your case, remove the 4 screws in the back, all the power plugs and replace with the new one.