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My laptop doesn't Boot

My laptor refuse to come each time i try to restart it, but rather it blinks a greenlight with Esncription of a key for some seconds and then goes off.

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  • dirtracer69 Nov 16, 2008

    i also have the same problem. the light that turns on on mine is the one on the right corner of the base of the laptop where there is a power light, battry light, bluetooth light, and harddrive light. when the computer is turned off and the power button is pressed only the light i described turns on, but when the computer does turn on the power and harddrive light is suppose to turn on, and you also hear a clicking noise from the harddrive. It does not always do this though, only about 75% of the time.

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    Toshiba laptop was left on all night with only battery. Now laptop will not power up. red battery light flashes 4 times even after being connected to AC adapter for more than one hour. Ldouglas

  • Christopher Ruiz May 11, 2010


    I can try to actually help you on this.. but first do you have the same problem while turning ON the
    computer from a computer shutdown? Also which green light are you referring to, is that the power button
    light or the power indicate light that looks like the picture below..">


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Geekman, my hardrive only does this 50-75% of the time. It does turn on after fighting with it for 10 - 15 minutes. Usually the way i get it to turn on is when the hard drive does not turn on i smack the area in which the hard drive is located, or i will spin the computer to get the momentum to get the hard drive spinning. Once on, it will run all day with no problems. I have a new hard drive for it, but i don't have a reinstall disk for xp as i bought the laptop used.

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Hi chris2connie,
The Key symbol at the top left hand corner of the screen means that the laptop is protected with a password, you need the password to start the computer, if you got it second hand ask the person you got it from for the password..
Depending upon the brand of the laptop, the password can be stored in the BIOS, this password can be removed if the BIOS battery is removed, wait fot approx. 1 hour, insert the battery and configure the BIOS setting and the laptop is functional again.
If the password is stored in an EEPROM chip then your laptop is a piece of junk and the cost of a replacement motherboard would not be worth it (put your money towards a new laptop). If by luck you know of a knowledgeable hacker he/she may be able to help you out, it requires a bit of hardware and software to reprogram the EEPROM chip.

Hi dirtracer69,
Your problem is simpler, basically you have a faulty hard drive, the clicking sound is proof.
You can replace the hard drive, install the operating system software on the new hard drive with all the drivers for your hardware devices and your programs etc.
Chances are you have lost your data on the hard drive (hope you have backed up your data).
If you manage to get your laptop running for a short time, then you may be lucky to save your data before it crashes again.

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