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Laptop boots up intermittently or screen freezes

I have a 5205-s505 that either will not boot up at all or when it dose boot up the screen freezes or goes black. When you push the start botton sometimes the Toshiba and windows will boot up normally or if not the screen stays black the harddrive indicator in the front of the laptop will come on but "nothing" happens. When nothing happens you have to push the start botton to shut it down. This all started after I had the laptop up and runing. I move the laptop closer to me and the screen went blue with writing and shut down before you can read it. after that it will not start up the majority of attemps. When it is running the fan works, the batteries or power supply is working fine and appears everything works normal. There has been a couple attemped starts that the screen freezes with just small horz lines of screen and the rest is black. when it freezes or will not start none of the key strokes have any effect and you must shut the unit off and attempt another start? Can anyone help with troubleshooting my problem??? Thanks Mike45177

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  • mike45177 Sep 22, 2007

    Here is where it stands.
    1) I have removed and reinstalled the two memory cards (no help)
    2) I have removed and reinstalled the hard drive (no help)
    3) If you just start the laptop normally pushing on the start switch the laptop will not start at all. The small window on the front of the laptop shows the green drive icon light up briefly and then goes out nothing else happens. I found if you push down on the laptop base while it is sitting with something uneven under it. (like twisting the laptop base) The laptop will begin to start. After pushing the start button the laptop gets the Red ? In Touch with Tomorrow Toshiba screen? for about two seconds then the screen goes black. The fan runs but the screen is black and nothing else happens. When you push the off button the fan stop and it shuts down. You can?t get the boot up window to hit F8. This happens with the two batteries installed or with external power supplied. I have owned the laptop for 3 or 4 years and have never had ANY problems with it. I have never dropped it or banded it around. The looks like new. The only thing wrong with the laptop is the scroll button is broken (the switch for pushing down is inop)

    Any other input would be appreciated
    thanks Mike45177

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  • vaap Dec 30, 2008

    I have the same problem. I did have to hook -up to an peripheral monitor to access the pc. It will only start-up in Safe Mode even with the peri monitor. Otherwise same scenario, push start-up button screen flashes TOSHIBA Logo, then goes blank before it loads windows. Mine also started with the monitor running static lines through it before it completely failed to start at all.



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Basing on the information you have given here are the possible solutions:
remove any external device connected to your system (printer, external hard drive and others) if removing this does not work and still gets a blank screen with blinking cursor try to go to safe mode with networking. if successful try to download the driver for your video adapter.

when you try to start the computer , do get anything on the screen like a logo? when does the blank screen occurs, is it during the turning ON of the computer or during the windows xp logo appears on the screen?

a blank screen could be caused by the following: defective video adapter, corrupted video driver, defective memory, unknown device causing the issue like the hard drive, optical drive or other peripheral installed inside the computer.

try also using an external monitor

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It could be several things. 1. if you can, re-seat the memory. 2. make sure the hard drive is seated properly. 3. turn it on, and press F8 to boot to "safe mode". Let me know if any of these does the trick. Good luck

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