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Won't turn on, black screen

When depressing the on button, nothing happens...lights flicker as if the unit has power....same when plugged in or running off battery. Any suggestions? When Pressing on button, Only the power light and media lights flicker and then it turns itself off. Same with battery or ac adapter. Constant black screen. No pointer or logo. Pressed fn + on and get the blinking 9 lock symbol Please help! x

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  • matt_davi352 May 28, 2009

    ive tried removing ram and battery. tried holding down the power for 60 seconds. left it for a couple of hours. nothing has worked. i dont care about the files on the laptop if that helps, i hear a few beeps, whirring of fan and cd drive. everything sounds normal but cuts out. sometimes its straight away or sometimes it stays on but no response. if i press the media buttons they light up as normal if that helps indicate the problem.

  • matt_davi352 May 28, 2009

    how would i remove the hard drive. is it located by the ram.

  • matt_davi352 May 28, 2009

    i have a feeling that its the motherboard. roughly how much would a new motherboard cost. and would i loose my files. thanks for all the help.

  • Nisoca May 11, 2010

    Is is completely dark or u can see something in a very illuminated room?

  • SRQfixman May 11, 2010

    What are the beeps when you power up? They are important for diagnosing. Can you pull the hard drive and try it again? If the BIOS still won't load than it's a good bet it is your motherboard.

  • SRQfixman May 11, 2010

    First remove the power cord and battery. Remove anything that is conected to the laptop both externally and internally (hard drive, RAM, modem, etc.). Replace the power cord (leave battery out) and try and boot. Will the BIOS now load? Did you before or do you now hear any beeps when powering the unit on?


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Do a search on ebay for a motherboard. As long as your hard drive is ok you won't lose any files.

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Seems to be a hardware issue (not easy to diagnose over the net) I would take it into a shop and have it looked at.

Posted on May 28, 2009

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