Yesterday I was using my Toshiba Satellite M45 laptop, with near-full battery and wired cable. Suddenly it all went black. When I tried to start it up again, nothing happened (not even after waiting for a while and then pushing the start button for 20 seconds, as suggested by Toshiba): the battery light and power light did not come on.
Today I have tried switching it on again and the laptop came to life for about ten seconds, only to die again.
I have tried again since, with and without the battery and with and without the cable, in all possible combinations.
I have not had a chance to try a different battery or a different cable yet, but googling around it seems that the possible reasons are:
the battery is dead the cable is dead the laptop has overheating the fan needs cleaning the motherboard has become dislodged.
Before I go to a repair shop, can somebody advise me if there are other possibilities (so I know what to ask) and what the best course of action is.
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Re: My laptop has died!
You are correct in these possible reasons, but there is one you didn't list and that may be that your BIOS for some unknown reason has been damaged, unfortunately you can't get the computer to power on long enough for a post test to check the BIOS. The best advice I can give you, is if it's still under warranty to call Toshiba and talk to a service tech and ask what they think might be wrong, they might have a solution to the problem or they will just have you send it in and repair it at no cost.
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it could be possible that changing the dc jack at the back may fix the problem however it could be a faulty new battery as ive had a few copies (not original) which would work for a week or so then die or others which wouldnt work at all, i finaly splashed out on a new original battery and it hasnt let me down and i bought it over a year ago.
next to the F1 key and the windows key (2nd upper key and second to last key) are two screws, usually under some covering. unscrew and lift top edge of the keyboard towards the trackpad to lay face down. Undo the wire ribbon by lifting the grey or brown tabs and remove ribbon and keyboard. Then install the new keyboard by inserting the ribbon on the place. Lock down with the tabs and put the plastic prongs (close to the space bar) into the laptop body first, and then close keyboard onto the final position. screw back in and thats all. firstname.lastname@example.org for any additional questions.
Sometimes the voltage regulator in the battery hit a point where they fall below a certain efficiancy % they have to operate at. Once they fall below that % you must replace them, even if the battery is 100% charged. Its usually a good idea to pick up a new charger as well with a new battery since they are known to die as well. Make sure you check the socket in the back where your charger plugs into the laptop to make sure its not loose or cracked. Sometimes the plug will crack off the motherboard and not make good enough contact.. But regardless of that it should atleast turn on if the battery was charged and good. Best bet, new battery. Every 2 years you should get a new one.
I just went through all this myself. First I had the inverter replaced ($200) and it worked great for a week, then the screen went out again. It turned out that the LCD needed replaced ($200 more, labor comped from the first no-fix). There's a problem with the Toshiba LCDs that makes them burn out sooner than other brands. Since the replaced screen, no problems (2 months). Sucks, I know.
If you have disassembled your toshiba unit, and you are somewhat new in electronics, you cannot see the battery similar to other PC, bcoz its battery is somewhat soldered, and the only things you migt notice is its two colored wire (black and red) attached to a round, flat, insulated (wrapped with insulation) battery.
Well this is unusual & interesting.. (sic)I can still see the entire window(sic) I wonder if somehow the Display Drivers have gotten Screwed up.. Try un-installing your graphics hardware Drivers,then re-install the latest Drivers for your system.
Of course B4 ya do any of that try adjusting your windows display to any other resolution and see if this changes things..
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