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It could either be that the motherboard is fried or the Hard drive has just gotten slightly corrupted. If you have the Windows install disk that came with it you could boot that up and then go into repair mode (press R) and then run "chkdsk /r" this would fix a hard drive issue. However if your laptop will not turn on at all when you press the power button then it is likely dead.
old old old laptops, with windows 2000 or XP, (doomed for sure there both are VIRUS MAGNETS AND ZERO SUPPORT NOW) a circa 2006 LT. (3+ years before W7 sold) now the power fails. (could be a blessing....)
NO OS stated, what operating system is on this old dog. XP?
Fans dead, means power failure. BIOS dead, same or screen dead. does external VGA screens work, not if it shuts off sure.
step 1 is does it run with the battery out, main battery huge. does it?
click Laptops black screens of deathhh here.
windows can freeze for many reasons, 1000s. but is 2, in truth corruption or power loss.
you push the power button, battery out. you hear fans,see lights but vastly more important are the BIOS messages on the screen. on my HP's power on, battery out. line cord in AC jack and power pack connected we push power, and the screen always shows "hit ESC to setup BIOS" or some other key on OLD DOGS. it must if not you have no power. easy no? if this works and the hot key ESC (0r your prompted ) key works, and bios screens work what is next the HDD and its corrupted OS.
we then in a real shop boot to live windows PE stick or CD or Linux CD. live. omg the the computer works and is bad OS on my old dog HDD.
Somethings has happened to your motherboard, CPU and/or hard drive somewhere along the line if it wont power up when you hit the power button and this would explain the reason for no activity. When a motherboard fails, no activity will happen at all, so Im putting my money on your motherboard being defect so take it in for a service and you may have to buy a new laptop since repairs can be costly.
ok, there could have been a graphics issue in the bios caused by the windows graphics drivers, heres what you could try........... remove the power cord from the back of the machine, remove the side panel to allow access to the motherboard, you will see a battery! take it out for 10 mins and push the on/off button a couple of times, this will drain any remaing power from the motherboard, after 10 mins the CMOS should have cleared so you can replace the battery, plug in the power and turn the machine on hopefully you'll get a signal
I had my Optiplex GX520 at work shut down abruptly every time I turned it on it in the morning. This would always happen within the first 30 minutes. I would then get the flashing amber light. After starting the PC again, it would stay on all day (over 8 hours) without shutting down again. I found that the power supply was over-heating. Two things need to be done. First, in order to get the amber light to stop flashing, un-plug the computer from the wall for 30 seconds then plug it back in. OR hold down the power button for 10 seconds or so. The light should stop flashing. Then press the power button again and the PC should start. But why did it abruptly shut down in the first place? The power supply has a fan-speed-control circuit in it to keep it running slow and quiet when the power supply is cool. It gives the power supply lower voltage when the power supply is cold and higher voltage as the power supply gets warmer. This circuit either is not working correctly or the fan getting sticky over the years and needing more voltage to get it moving when it is cold. I found that the fan was not starting at all and causing the power supply to over-heat. To keep the fan moving at full speed, I cut the wire to it and wired it to the +12v output directly. Not the fan goes at full speed all the time. And yes, it is nosier.But at work it doesn’t matter. The best solution would be to just get another power supply from Dell if possible. Or buy a +12v, 70mm fan from Digi-Key and replace the original.
enter the bios setup, if you can boot the computer/laptop. Usually F2 on bootup, it will say entering Setup.
Then scroll through the pages to see if your hard-drive is recognised by the system.
Mike @ Compurepair.