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Laptop won't boot up. The power supply just beeps when I plug it

This laptop running XP had been working fine. I last booted it up around 2 weeks ago after doing some updates to the OS and virus software. Now it just causes any power supply to beep when I plug it in. Also, the light on power end of the docking station flickers instead of being solid like there is some sort of short on the plug.

Never had heard of a beeping power supply before...

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  • spitt2288 Jan 29, 2009

    Not sure - can't get any power at all to check the bios. Is there a particular way to try to power up the laptop? I've tried removing the battery and powering up with just the power supply... again no luck

  • skittles0320 May 20, 2009

    I have a hp laptop. When i power it on my screen does not come on. What should i do?

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Is the bios boot the problem?

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When you plug in the power cord is there any lights whatsoever on the laptop, where the plug goes in or on the AC Adapter of the power cord?

When you press the power button do you hear fans running, hard drive spinning, lights on the computer, hear any beeps or lights constantly blinking, hear the DvD/CD drive click and the light on the drawer of the DvD/CD turn on for a second or two? If so the laptop is trying to boot or may have booted, but the screen is not showing for some reason.

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