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I have no POST or screen power when I turn on the laptop

I recieved a refurbished model from my school upon graduation in December 08 and haven't had any problems with it until now. As I turned on the power I can hear the fans start up, the power light comes on, and the HD light is solid. After about a second the fans shut down, the HD light turns off, but the power stays on. The screen will not show anything, it doesn't even power up. I hear no beep tones. I have tried to reseat the RAM, both together and each individually to make sure I didnt have a bad memory stick. I reseated the HDD as well with no luck. I pluged into an external monitor with no avail. I even tried to reseat the CD drive in frustration. Any ideas would be very helpful. I am thinking it could be a BIOS problem and that I need to flash the BIOS, but how can I do that with out even being able to get into dos if that is a fix.

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Try this.
Remove the main battery and power the laptop up - if it works connect the battery - no need to shutdown.
Next thing to try.
Remove the main battery and the BIOS battery wait 1/2 + hour, insert BIOS battery but not main battery - power up, configure BIOS Date & Time setting if OK connect main battery.

If none of this work, you have a large paper weight.
You can salvage the hard disk and insert it into an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as an external USB hard drive.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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