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The laptop was turned on one day and when everything was up the screen just showed a folder in the middle of the screen

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I have a Toshiba Satellite U505 pc laptop that was working earlier today. I was in the middle of showing a video to a friend when it just shut down. I turned it on again and the Toshiba screen showed up...


If that was a video over the internet you may have downloaded a smart virus. ( ie/ tricks the computer in thinking it is safe ). Shut the computer down and restart it in safe mode. F8 or F11 while it is booting up, ( I could never remember! ). Close all residual tabs/web locations and all other programs. Go to the START icon and restart in normal mode. Me thinks that should do it for you.

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Sep 25, 2010 | Toshiba Satellite U505-S2940 Notebook

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When we turn on our laptop we get a white screen after a little bit a folder with a question mark on it flashes in the middle of the screen. Why and what can we do about it?


it's not reading the hard drive...your computer can't find the boot disc. your hard drive is probably bad. if not, please respond back

Jun 20, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Laptop won't boot up


Check it with an external monitor if it is showing video the videocard is ok and may be the display itself ,but if it doesnt show anything the videocard is bad

Oct 08, 2009 | Gateway MT3705 Notebook

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I turn on my mac and only this small folder icon appears in the middle of the screen


The face is probably frowning.  The computer cannot find the operating system.  Use a utility disk to boot up the computer and then use First Aid or Disk Utility to check the disk.  You may have to re-install the operating system.  This can be done without losing your files if done correctly.  Seek help from an Apple repair facility if you are in doubt about how to do it.

May 20, 2009 | Apple iBook G4 (Z0AZW13397068) PC Notebook

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Grey screen folder icon flashing and alternating with ?


The computer can't find an operating system. Start up from the OSX disc and check the drive with 'Disk Utility'. The system may have got damaged, or the drive may need to be repaired. Run 'First Aid'.

Apr 10, 2009 | Apple iBook G4 1GHz 256mb 40GB Combo 14"...

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Laptop will not restart


Hi just to clarify have you tried pressing F8 and going to last known config? or does it shut down before that?
This sounds like you've managed to corrupt your mbr on your hard drive, although this is only a guess at the moment. On some laptops you have a choice at boot up to select restore, usually F10, If this is the case you can try this option and follow the on screen instructions, ensure you read everything carefully. Failing that you can boot with a Windows install disk. When loaded use the repair mode and log on to your windows partition, usually 1, and type fixboot..
Please be very careful using this option as you could lose everything. If in doubt Do Not Use...

I hope all this helps. Please let me know how you get on

Apr 06, 2009 | Sony VAIO VGN-FJ270/B Notebook

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Powerbook G4 wont start up, shows a file folder with a ? mark....


The hard drive is probably on it's way out. You can get and run Disk Warrior and you could repair permissions and such but the hard drive is probably on it's way to the grave.

A couple things though. It isn't enough to just put the disk in, you need to hold down "c" while the computer starts for it to try to run off your disk. You can then try to repair permissions and fix the disk from the installation program that starts. When the Install OS X screen comes up (looks like a desktop but with the big dialog box in the middle) click on Utilities at the top and then on Disk Utility. HERE IS APPLE'S SITE for you to read about how to try to repair your disk. I've found that this sometimes works and may help it work enough for you to get your files off, but may not.

Another method would be to get another Mac, and hook the two together with a firewire to transfer your files, then reinstall OS X in your ailing computer. Go HERE to read about this technique.

Feb 19, 2009 | Apple PowerBook G4 Mac Notebook

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Black screen/acer laptop


try and reinstall the driver
if you have acer recovery open and reinstall applications
recovery if not on desktop will be in my computer or c:\ drive where you'll see a folder named Acer

Dec 26, 2008 | Acer Aspire 3000 Notebook

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Laptop crashes shortly after boot, power light rapidly blinks red.


Its late, so just to make sure I'm not brain-dead basically your laptop runs fine as long as its powered by the AC adaptor but dies fairly quickly while running via battery. This is very typical of a battery that will no longer hold a charge, not normally a user repairable item. It could also be that the charging electronics (in the laptop) isn't charging the battery, again not a typical user repair job. About your only option short of taking it to the repair shop is buying or borrowing a battery as a test.

Dec 12, 2006 | Medion (40010998)

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