Laptop won't boot; blank screen and continuous beeping!
So, I have no idea what happened. My mini is new and I haven't even had the time to mishandle it yet. Today I open the screen to turn it on... for a while nothing happens, but soon I see the byline _ and hear 4 terrible, loud, long beeps, which repeat again and again and again till I have to force shut the laptop. I've let time pass numerous times and nothing changed, except now the byline is gone.
I've tried reseating the memory card and hard drive. Beyond that I have no idea what else I could do.
It really sucks because I have a paper saved on it. Is there nothing I can do to extract my files? Can I switch hard drives to another laptop?
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Since you need to get the files from that drive as soon as possible the best way to do that is to connect the drive on a different laptop via USB, you need a hard drive enclosure that you can get from any computer or electronic store near you. Once you did that the drive from this laptop will now function as a USB drive and you can access the files inside it.
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What was the last thing you did on your computer before this happened?
Did you change any system settings in the BIOS?
Did you add new software? or update any software or drivers?
Did you add any new hardware?
Is your system BIOS infected with a virus?
Because it appears that your PC is hanging up during the Power-On-Self-Test [POST]
Here's what happens; when the power is turned on, the computer BIOS [Basic Input/Output System] runs a POST (Power-On Self-Test). It is a diagnostic testing sequence that the computer runs to determine if the hardware [like the mouse, keyboard, hard drive, etc.] is working properly.
If the necessary hardware is detected and found to be operating properly, the computer begins to boot; If the hardware is not detected or is not operating properly, the BIOS issues an error message.
The error message may be a text on the display screen and/or a series of coded beeps, depending on the nature of the problem.
The series or pattern of beeps may vary...they may be in a number of long or short beeps or a mixture of long and short beeps, or even one long continuous beep, depending on what type of BIOS is installed.
Since POST runs before the computer's video card is activated or the integrated graphic chip on the main board, it may not be possible to progress to the display screen.
So if an error is detected during the POST it will halt the boot process because the hardware is essential for the computer's functions.
How many beeps do you hear during the initial POST?
You may have a burned out video chip/card; or corrupt drivers; or even an IRQ [Interrupt Request] conflict.
If your laptop appears to boot up and the hard disk LEDflashes, then the problem is probably a back light fault. This can be a faultyinverter or a faulty CCFL lamp. Please click on this link and follow myinstructions to identify the fault and possible fix :- http://www.fixya.com/support/r3598095-faulty_laptop_lcd_screen
When you plug in the power cord is there any lightswhatsoever on the laptop, where the plug goes in or on the AC Adapter of thepower cord?
When you press the power button do you hear fans running, hard drive spinning,lights on the computer, hear any beeps or lights constantly blinking, hear theDvD/CD drive click and the light on the drawer of the DvD/CD turn on for asecond or two? If so the laptop is trying to boot or may have booted, butthe screen is not showing for some reason.
Beep tones and blinking lights tells the technicians what is going on with thelaptop and why it is not booting. Most times it's a motherboard issuewhen you hear beeps or blinking lights continuous.
Maybe your power cord is bad if you don't get anything to happen whatsoeverwhen you press the power button. And if that's true maybe you wasoperating off the battery the last time you had it on and since the power cordis bad, it was not charging the battery so the battery is drained and the powercord is bad.
Maybe you have a Static Charge Buildup. Remove the Power Cord, Remove theBattery, then Press and Hold the power button for 30seconds. After 30 seconds plug the power cord back in (leave the batteryout) and hit the power button to see if it boots. If it does, you can putthe battery back in and let it charge.Maybe your DC Power Jack which is where the power cord plugs into the computer is bad. Take an ink pen and push the tip inside the jack and see if the little pin wiggles, if so the jack is bad. You'll have to take the laptop apart to fix it. Most times it is soldered onto the motherboard, so you will have to desolder the old and solder a new one.
Hi, maybe you can take a try of this rescue program called PowerSuite Golden. I came across similar blue screen situaiton on my HP laptop (win 7) and it helped me get rid of it and rescued my data back. It is an awesome toolkit that includes a boot CD and several other data rescue tools that help get your PC going even if Windows won't start or computer won't boot up at all. Hope it helps in your situation too. Regards
The vista os has an energy complince control
you can set your laptop to never goto sleep in the system control or it maybe in the monitor control panel but this will not allow it to blank out on ya and save a little time in tasks the haven to restart may be a time for a service update ( I myself just got Vista spv2 Its worken for me so check for updates
Hello imlapd. If you don't even see words on the screen when you first turn it on (the BIOS puts things on the screen before it boots to Windows), then there are 2 possible causes. First, the video output or something else on the motherboard is bad. Second, the LCD display (the laptop screen) has failed. The cost to fix either one of these will be close to what the laptop cost brand new if not more. The good news is, if your HP Mini is less than a year old or you got an extended warranty, HP will fix it for free. You just have to call their customer service.
Be prepared to provide the following information:
Serial Number (S/N), product name, model number, and a brief
description of the issue.
3 beeps POST code (power on self test) means RAM problem.
Reseat the RAM module/s and boot up your computer.
If you have two RAM modules, remove them both and insert one at a time to test them, to determine which module is faulty.
If it still doesn't work then replace the RAM module/s