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Computer won't switch on

Hi I have a toshiba satellite pro A100with Windows XP. I've come to turn it on this morning and it won't switch on. I haven't backed anything up and desperately need it. When I press the power on there are two symbols underneath the F10 and 11 keys which are the same as those on the keys themselves and they are flashing green. The capital lock key is also flashing green. The batter light and power light flash for about 15 seconds then it goes off completely. I don't know how to fix it or whats happened to it? Please help!!!

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  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    I've tried with and without power a/c adapter and neither are working

  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    I have tried plugging in the power / AC adapter and also removing it and neither is having an effect. I have also tried removing the battery and putting back and that hasn't worked either.

  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    I've tried doing that all morning. I've left it on charge but it's like it's going to turn on, all the lights come on, then it switches itself off.

  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    How do you remove the RAM?

  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    How do you remove the RAM? There is nothing else plugged in and I have tried it with and without the power cable

  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    How do I remove the RAM? There is no external data source plugged in at all

  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    I have no idea how to remove the ram to reseat it...could anyone please tell me?

  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    I have now reseated my RAM and wireless following the advice but the same thing is happening and nothing is changing.

  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    I really don't think it's the battery. The charge light is still coming on when I plug it in and when I turn the computer on the battery light is flashing green and not orange which it does normally if there is no power.

  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    I've tried pressing f8 put the screen isn't coming on at all so it's not having any effect. Have removed the ram and reseated but that doesn't seem to be working either.

  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    Thanks everyone for you help. I feel like I'm going to scream. I really feel like I've tried everything.

    How much will it cost if I take it to a technician? If they back up my hard drive will that include all my photo's and outlook files also?

  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    It definitely is not the power or the battery

  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    Tried doing a reset..not worked :(

  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    Yeah I've managed to clean the gold pins with a pencil eraser but it hasn't had any effect

  • Cassie2407 Nov 21, 2008

    It won't do it with or without the battery

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Hi,
Your computer may be in sleep mode and have a software or resource conflict, when this happens turning the power on returns you to the problem instead of restarting the system. To clear the condition, press Ctrl, Alt, and del simultaneously for 10-15 seconds. Then shut down the computer via software....

Just try this and i will give you the next step if this doesn;t work... Please let me know.

Posted on Nov 21, 2008

  • Priya darshan Nov 21, 2008

    Step-2
    A key pad overlay may be on. if the number light or cusor control mode light is on. press Fn+F10 to turn off the cursor control mode light, or Fn+ F11 to turn off the number light.
    Let me know if this works... or i give you another easy step.


  • Priya darshan Nov 21, 2008

    Please make sure power adopter is plugged in and the battery indicator is light is on. or you are sure that its correctly connected. follow below steps.

    Step-3

    Press any key to activate the screen...or

    Press Fn and F5 simultaneously once and hold for 10 seconds. if this doesn't correct the problem repeat it once again.

    Step-4
    This final step should make your system working, Hold the Fn key and press the F5 key several times, this will advance you through the display options.

    Good luck


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From what you describe , it appears that there is a fault on power circuit on motherboard.
That is a technician's job and most repairre will go for changing the motherboard. That is very costly. In that case you would be better off buying another laptop.
As for your data on hard disc, you need to remove the hard drive connect it to another laptop or desktop computerby means of a connector.This can be achieved by 2.5" IDE to USB 2.0 Hard Disk Drive Caddy HDD Enclosure. These can be bought for about £5 in U.K.
Once connected you will be able to lift the data on to CD or USB memory stick.

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First of all, since you mentioned that you haven't backed up your data, you can remove your hard drive and slave it to another hard drive or using a variety of methods like an inexpensive 2.5" hard drive case with a usb connector and then just connect it to another computer as a removable drive. After saving your data you can return to the problem with the computer in our free troubleshooting forum where you are less likely to receive so many wayward proposed solutions. Thanks for using FixYa and repost when you are more relaxed. This is not a power supply or battery problem. Steve Medley 

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As soon as you press the power button, press f10 a few times which should take you to a boot screen describing the ram and other things about your computer. If you are able to get to the screen, you should be able to save and load your computer to the normal screen. If you can not, you can get your hard drive backed up which will save all of the information that was on there before to another hard drive so you can have all of your old stuff saved.

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 remove the battery from the laptop and see if it will start up on ac power only a bad battery will give you a similar symptom.

Posted on Nov 21, 2008

  • AbdulRahiman S Nov 21, 2008

    This is a common problem for toshiba laptops, unfortunatly. Usually when this happens either your laptop charger is fried, or you will need to replace the actual laptop plug inside the laptop


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Try a new power supply.if thats not it let me eknow i have a couple other ideas

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As far as the data back up is concerned you can back up by removing the hard disk and put it the laptop external drive casing then attach to a system, and for system not working try removing the RAM, its on the back of the laptop with a comb like sign above them, if this also not solve your problem its better take it to the technician, then its the problem of motherboard

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BIOS update for Satellite A100/A105, Satellite M110/M115, and Tecra A7
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In very rare cases, the battery pack of your PC may stop accepting a charge, i.e., the battery stops working and no longer supplies power to the computer. To minimize the risk of ever experiencing this problem, we strongly recommend that you download and install the latest BIOS by clicking the 'Downloads' link that will appear when you are finished reading Support News.

http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/support/jsp/modelContent.jsp?ct=SB&os=&category=&moid=1373529&rpn=PSAA8U&selCategory=3&selFamily=1073768663&selModel=1373529%7CPSAA8U

i would suggest replacing the battery pack either through toshiba or a third party battery maker. There are several battery-pack recalls out for this model.
Regards.

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Hi,
    There could be two problem related to this situation No. One- RAM could be malfunctioning and the second one is that change the cell of baiso which need to replaced.
    If you can open it by your self then open it unplug the RAM and then re-adjust the RAM again.And if you are not able to open it then contact any expert nearby to you.
  Thanks

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  • AMJAD HUSSAIN Nov 21, 2008

    RAM could be malfunctioning and the second one is that change the cell of baiso which need to replaced.  If you can open it by your self then open it unplug the RAM and then re-adjust the RAM again.And if you are not able to open it then contact any expert nearby to you.


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Hi,

Initially, a couple of things you can try:

  • run the laptop on the AC adapter only (batteries removed);
  • re-seat/clean the memories. Invert the laptop. One of the squarish panels with locking screw(s) would hold the memories. Reference this page for illustrated instructions;
  • remove any of the other devices attached to the laptop both internal and external (printers, wifi, networking). For the WiFi and networking, pls reference the same page as above;
  • Worst case scenarion, remove the Toshiba's hard disk, gain access to a 2.5 to USB adapter and backup your important files.
Just a start, do postback how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

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    Louie Role Nov 21, 2008

    Repeat the process, but remove the memories. Use a pencil eraser to clean the little gold pins. Use a clean dry brush on the memory slots.

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    Louie Role Nov 21, 2008

    were you able to clean the gold pins of the memory with a pencil eraser?

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    Louie Role Nov 21, 2008

    let it rest. remove battery, AC adapter, memory. open all the other panels, lids. remove everything else that you can. as said let it rest, do this for an extended period of time. When you yourself have rested, assemble it back with the basics, laptop + memory. try it again. try to get hold of a can of compress air. apply pressurized air on the cooling vents. some of these models have been known to have CPU fan issues. if still a no go, remove the hard disk. it would be on a small rectangular lid on one side held by a single screw. get hold of a http://pcmasterservices.com/pics/25ideto..." target="_blank" rel="nofollow" >2.5 to USB adapter and backup your important files to your 2nd computer. This is a fairly recent laptop and check if it has still warranty. or consider repair services of an authorized repair facility.

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1. Disconnect the power cable, battery and all external device conected.
2. Then press the power button for 5 seconds
3. After a minute connect the power cable and check if the system turns on.

The above step is known as power flea.

If the above steps do not work, turn the laptop upside/ down and towards the centre unscrew the cover and reseat the memory module. The card will be green in colour, Take it out and then push it back in.

If you are not very familiar with how to reseat the memory module, I would recommend you to contact some local tech shop.

Thanks

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If the power LED lights up it indicates that the laptop is getting power from the AC adapter. Most likely there is nothing wrong with the adapter but just in case test it with a voltmeter to make sure the output voltage is correct.

Also try this. Unplug the AC adapter, remove the battery and wait for 1-2 minutes. After that plug the AC adapter ans try starting the laptop again. Sometimes this trick helps.
It also could be a memory related problem. Try reseating the memory module, just remove it from the slot on the motherboard and install it back. Try installing the memory module into the other slot (if it’s available). If you have two memory modules installed, try removing them one by one and start the laptop just with one memory module installed.

If the laptop starts fine with one memory module in both slots, but will not start with the second memory module in both slots, the second memory module is faulty. Replace the module.

If the laptop starts fine with both memory modules when they are installed in the slot A, but will not start with both memory modules installed in the slot B, the slot B is faulty and you’ll have to replace the motherboard or use only one memory slot.

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Try plugging the adapter without the battery inside.

If it starts you have a faulty battery.

If it does not start at all , no light or power at all, then you have a faulty adapter, and the battery is drained.

If you get lights and there is power, then the computer has an internal fault.

Try removing RAM modules and restarting the computer with only one RAM module.

If it still does not start the computer must be taken apart and tested by a technician, probably it has a faulty motherboard.

Posted on Nov 21, 2008

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    By removing the RAM you do not reset anything, the ram is located behind a small door at the bottom of the laptop.

    If you have no idea how to remove the ra, you should have the job done by a technician, as there is risk of damaging furtherly the computer.

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Just remove the battery for some time around (30 minutes ) and reinsert it and switch on your system .

If this doesnot work you need to dismantle your notebook to check for any loose connection .

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There might be sum losing of data bus (wires) so remove all data wires and plug them again or remove the RAM and plug it again that will fix your problem 
Thanks 


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    Check there is no cd/dvd in drive.


  • futureloginn
    futureloginn Nov 21, 2008

    The RAM is downside the keyboard.


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    futureloginn Nov 21, 2008

    -There is no external problem in your laptop it’s a internal problem --
    --One more try
    —remove the bios battery for 1 minute and again place them same place.
    ---But bios battery is inside the laptop, on the main board. By doing this your bios will restore as default. And that will fix your problem  



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    futureloginn Nov 21, 2008

    remove the bios battery for 1 minute and again place them same place.-But bios battery is inside the laptop, on the main board. By doing this your bios will restore as default. And that will fix your problem BUT for that you’ll need an expert to open the laptop and do that



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    futureloginn Nov 21, 2008

    The problem was not big; after resetting Bios your problem is solved. 


  • futureloginn
    futureloginn Nov 21, 2008

    remove the bios battery for 1 minute and again place them same place.-But bios battery is inside the laptop, on the main board. By doing this your bios will restore as default. And that will fix your problem.


  • futureloginn
    futureloginn Nov 21, 2008

    its a BIOS battery,,, not external.


  • futureloginn
    futureloginn Nov 21, 2008

    There might be a hardware issue needs repair.


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    futureloginn Nov 21, 2008

    go to the link--
    http://www.daileyint.com/hmdpc/repair.ht...

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    futureloginn Nov 22, 2008

    Thanks


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Charge ur notebook........

Make sure that ur notebook is charging.One it started charging, wait for few min. and than press the on button. Press it till a light sound will come.................

And its done...

Ur notebook is not starting due to low battery.

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    The link to detect error is :-



    http://www.daileyint.com/hmdpc/repair.ht...



    Follow it and detect and rectify it too :)





    Thnx.

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    taran_2005 Nov 21, 2008

    Try starting computer if turns on ,while it is starting press F8 several times untill secreen stops,then either: Choose last known with good configuration and press inter.
    Or choose safe mode and inter window as admin and make system restore to previous date, if it doesnt start , may needs repairs or battery change or new window install

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    taran_2005 Nov 21, 2008

    Hey this is a video how to remove Ram...





    Hope it wld help u





    http://www.associatedcontent.com/video/3...





    Thnx.







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    taran_2005 Nov 21, 2008

    If u wanna nyhelp, do buzz me.......................



  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 Nov 21, 2008

    HEY I GOT THE SOLUTION.......I DOT KNOW Y I DIDNT GET THIS EARLIER..........





    do a reset... remove battery and AC, press power ON button for 30secs to 1min. leave for 1 min. reattach battery and AC then power ON as normal.

  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 Nov 21, 2008

    Well..............



    This is the best site to offer u price including any repaired or changed part...........



    http://www.notebookmechanix.com/





    I hope i have answer ur query,If yes u can lock this by opting Fixya.





    And yes, back up...They wld be able to create that...if u wish u can urself create a back up...pull out ur hard drive, attach with pc,,,,,transfer files :))))





    Thnx.

  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 Nov 21, 2008

    In uk, the best option wld be :-





    http://www.techno-mart.co.uk/





    Thnx.

  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 Nov 21, 2008

    B'coz it seems that its a BIOS issue..if u wish and wantd change it urself, i would glad to assist u to change it :))

  • taran_2005
    taran_2005 Nov 21, 2008

    Hey hv u followed this flow chart :-





    http://www.daileyint.com/hmdpc/lappower....





    This wld help u to determine what might be an issue





    Thnx.

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Try using a power/ac adapter.

Posted on Nov 21, 2008

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    familiar with computer hardware ? re-seat the memory module (that's the only thing you can do, since it cannot go past the initial POST).

    go for service in order for the data stored in the hard drive be recovered.


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    re-seating the memory module didn't fixed the problem?

    go for service in order for the data stored in the hard drive be recovered (which is more important).

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