Ok, I am very computer saavy. I build the things for crying out loud, but OMG I hate laptops. I've recently aquired a Dell Latitude D610, I'm working on getting a fresh power supply for it, but in the mean time, I want to conserve my battery power.
The problem is this: When I close the lid, the screen goes black (as it should if the little switch is working properly). I have set all of the options in "display" to "do nothing", and still it will not come back on when I reopen unless I press the power button to shut it down and then again to reboot. I have tried resetting the switch by pressing and releasing it with a flat object and I have gone through the BIOS and could not find anything suggesting that it would keep the screen off for any reason. Any suggestions?
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If your laptop appears to boot up and the hard disk LED flashes, then the problem is probably a back light fault. This can be a faulty inverter or a faulty CCFL lamp. Please click on this link and follow my instructions to identify the fault and possible fix :- http://www.fixya.com/support/r3598095-faulty_laptop_lcd_screen
Recently a put windows 7 on my latitude d610 only problems I had were incompat. Drivers (wifi, sound, graphics.) all were fixed with googling those drivers with windows 7 because this hardware is not compatible with 7 but seeing as it is a restart thing,
Check the drivers u have installed try to see if any need updating or are no compat.
I really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your motherboard may have been fried. The power surge was probably too much for it to handle, especially considering this isn't a custom build, so the parts inside of it are cheaper. Contact Dell Support and see if there is anything that they can do for you.
If the computer doesn't turn on at all, it may be a power issue. Does it do the same thing whether you're connected to AC power or not? You may have a bad AC adapter, or the port may be loose so its not making a good connection.
Make sure you have not accidentally used the FN+F5 key
That combination sets the laptop to use an external display.
If using that does not give you a display take a small torch (flashlight if in USA) and shine it at an angle on the laptop screen.
If you can see any sort of picture you would be looking at replacement of some minor parts to the laptop screen
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Can you select "safe mode" from the boot menu? As much as I hate to recommend it, I think you should wipe the hard drive and reinstall Windows (I hope you backed up everything of value on your computer). If you can't successfully reinstall the operating system, then I'd say, in all likelihood, you have a defective hard drive which would need to be replaced.
Don't you just hate when your trusty laptop slips into a coma and won't resuscitate?
Jen, the good news is this will be easy to correct. First, I recommend you go into your operating systems control panel and configure your power save settings to avoid going into a stand-by state whether plugged in or running on battery unless as a last resort when reaching critical power depletion on battery mode. Shut your computer down when you are finished and leave it at that. If The you want to leave it running unattended, its okay to configure the monitor and hard disks to shut down after a period of inactivity, b4t on laptops, standby mode really doesn't seem to enjoy a reliable and consistent track record on numerous laptop models. Check your systems bios settings on start-up by pr goes into W5nd6ws by pressing the (delete key). Disable any power management settings in the bios then save and reboot.
If you must for some reason, feel compelled to keep using stand-by mode... when the black screen issue rears its ugly head, hold down the 'Fn' key and press 'F4' a couple of times... this worked for me until i got tired of doing it and disabled stabdby.
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there is a inverter in LCd that makes your lcd bright white shine. when it breaks down you see black screen. something happens on lcd you cant see clearly you should go to service and need to be changed INVERTER.