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I was given an L500. It powers but fails to POST, this happened after a recommended BIOS update. Any kind of debug ports or something to sort this out?

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After a BIOS update, if it fails to post, the BIOS update got corrupted. This happens (rarely) and when it does, the only thing that can be done is to remove the BIOS chip and have it burned at a local repair shop (or sent into Toshiba for a replacement). Without the BIOS functioning properly, the computer can do nothing at all. If your BIOS is not on a removable chip, then the computer will have to be sent to Toshiba to have the BIOS replaced.

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If there is more than one memory module, try removing them one at a time and testing that way...that will help eliminate ram as a suspect.

My expectation is that your motherboard is shot...either by a failed BIOS update or just unlucky timing of it happening following whatever updates were ran. Once you've eliminated power supply and RAM, its the most likely culprit. Unless you were heavily over clocking CPU's don't generally fail that catastrophically. Hope that helps and Good luck!

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Please contact your laptop manufacturer for further assistance.

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  1. Go here and download the latest BIOS for the netbook.
  2. Extract the files from the downloaded zipped BIOS file.
  3. In the Dos_Flash folder, rename the BIOS file from 3310.fd to ZG5IA32.FD, in all capital letters.
  4. Copy ZG5IA32.FD and Flashit.exe to the USB flash drive
  5. Ensure that the AC adapter is plugged in.
  6. Insert the USB flash drive into a USB port.
  7. Press and Hold down the Fn and the Esc keys together and press the power button.
  8. When the unit's power light comes on wait a few seconds and release the Fn and Esc keys.
  9. After the keys have been released the power light will start to blink.
  10. During the BIOS update process the display will be blank.
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If the unit fails to reboot, or the BIOS was not updated sucessfully, try the steps again. If the unit continues to fail to reboot, the unit may need service.
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