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When I start up my computer, the screen stays black. However, the light flashes indicating that it is working, and the computer makes the starting sound.

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Test your notebook with an external monitor attached to the VGA port on the side of your notebook. If both internal and external monitors have no image, this problem is not related to the notebook screen.

It could be memory related problem. Try reconnecting the memory module. If you have two modules installed, remove them one by one and test the laptop with each module separately. It’s possible that one of the memory modules is bad and your notebook will start as soon as you remove bad RAM.

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

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    Ed Deguzman Jan 09, 2009

    Alternatively, if you can boot to Safe Mode the problem may be your video driver

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