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Toshiba Notebook won't boot or post even to bios.

It's a Toshiba Notebook with Celeron M processor and 512mb RAM. I am unsure of the model. It's running windows XP Home.

When I push the power button, the fans and lights come on, but then the fans wind down and go quiet pretty quickly. The screen never lights up, I can't get to safe mode. The only sign of life left is that the power light is on. The hard drive doesn't seem to be getting accessed either.

I have tried hooking up an external display via the VGA adapter and it does nothing. I have tried putting new RAM in it, as well as removing the existing RAM altogether with no changes.

I have also tried removing the battery, unplugging the power cord and holding the power button down for 15-20 seconds. Also tried leaving the battery out and just plugging in the power source and still nothing.

My guess is that it's either the mobo or something to do with the display.

Any suggestions or idea's to back my guess up?

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  • Tina3496 Nov 07, 2008

    I have a durabook with exactly the same problems. Can't keep the thing up long enough to change bios settings to get it to boot from a CD. BIOS battery? Mother board???

  • Cam Blair Nov 07, 2008

    I have no warranty, no USB devices plugged in, I have tried re-seating the hard drive with no changes. I guess it's a motherboard or board power regulator issue. Guess I'll make some calls to see what it will cost to get this thing fixed.

    Thanks for the response.


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Hi oneride21 and Tina3496,
Generally the syptoms sound like the motherboard on your laptop has died or on board power regulator. There are however a few more things you can try before going to a new laptop or claiming warranty if you can.
1. Have you tried reseating the hard drive? You will need to locate your hard drive and unplug it (There will be a few things you will need to unscrew, but generally no more than 3 screws) then try and power on.
2. do you have any other USB devices attached? if so unplug and try again.
3. When you plug in your powersupply, does a amber light show. If not, your laptop is dead and chances are it's going to be cheaper to get a new one, as laptops for most home users that surf the web and do a bit of word processing are fairly cheap.
4. If none of these work, dounble check your warranty on the laptop, most come with a 1 year hardware warranty, but you may have a 3 year one, so it's worth a check.
Hope this helps, let us know if you have any more questions or how you have got on.
Cheers CptHaddock

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

  • Joshua Wong Nov 08, 2008

    Thanks for posting how you got on. Don't forget that fixing it may not be the cheapest option., Brand new could be a better choice. Shop around once you have a quote for fixing your laptop. Don't forget that you can recycle your laptop hard drive to be a portable hard drive. All you need is a 2.5" caddy that most PC shops sell for around $30 NZD.


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