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Toshiba Satellite P205D-S7438 won't boot

Power is ON,plugged external monitor and it says NO SIGNAL,from the start for a few seconds can hear the fan and then stops. Any sugestions please Stoyan Same problem. Power indicator light turns oun and I get nothing on the screen. No boot script. No windows. (And, no I can't fn+hotkey to switch to another monitor). You figure anything out?

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  • raouly Jun 02, 2009

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    Battery out.

    Reseated both memory sticks.
    Tried switching them.
    Tried each one alone in its original slot.
    Tried each one alone in opposite slot.

    Another symptom that may be a clue is that when the power indicator light is on, I'm not able to open the DVD drive. Additionally, there is zero fan noise or HD spinning noise. It's like the power comes on, but nothing engages.

    Any other ideas?


  • raouly Jun 02, 2009

    Thanks man. Probably going to pull the hard drive. Just bought an enclosure for it off Newegg. And then I'll be selling the laptop AS IS on eBay. It was worth a shot. thanks again!

  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    unhook the battery completely from the laptop and then try to turn on the laptop with just the ac adaptor hooked up and see if you get video.

    If that doesn't work then try reseating the memory one stick at a time in each slot one at a time and try booting up the computer after each reseat to check for video.

    Let me know how it goes.



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You did everything that I would have done honestly, with the dvd drive not opening up and the fan not coming on, that would tell me the motherboard isn't regulating the voltage properly since neither is operating.

Either the CPU or the motherboard is bad at this point but I'm leaning toward the motherboard since a bad CPU would not cause a dvd drive not to open but a bad motherboard would especially if its not regulating the voltage properly cause of bad components on the motherboard. See if you can get the motherboard replaced if your machine is under warranty. If not then try to go thru Ebay since places there are less expensive.

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick Jun 02, 2009

    Your very welcome. Please rate me when you get the chance and at least you can use your hard drive as an external drive for now with that enclosure so that you can still use it.




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