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No HDD activity and blank screen

I am having a problem with start up. Last night when I started my laptop, it started up and then the graphics got real crazy and screen went black. Tried with out battery got same results. Left it until this morning. Now press power button light comes on and fan runs but There is no HDD activity light flashing and the screen doesn't light up at all. I am guessing it is either a bad HDD and or LCD inverter. What do you think I should try first or what are your thoughts. Thanks

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  • jlandhuskerf Jan 08, 2009

    I got nothing hooking up to another monitor. It was the same result. What do you think, if it is the cpu, is my laptop junk.

  • Dan rogers
    Dan rogers May 11, 2010

    if ther is no hdd activity it could be a couple things. First to test the graphics hook the computer up to a monitor and see if you get any display. If so you might get a HDD read failure. If this is the case it could be the hard drive. If you still have nothing then it sounds like your cpu might have gone bad. After you hook up a monitor let me know what happens and we will take it from there

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Unfortunately i have to say yes it is time to get a new machine. That is unless you want to take it to a repair shop and have them look at it. Whatever it is it is definately hardware and yes i do believe it is the cpu which cannot be changed most of the time in notebooks. The graphics however may be expandable but i cannot tell you about your machine. You can find this by reading any material that came with the computer or by contacting the manufacturer. Sorry for the bad news but please don't forget to rate my response.

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