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Toshiba satellite 2060 CDTW will not turn on, will not boot. Lights: plugged-in on, battery on, others off. When power switch is pressed, HDD light turns on and remains on with apparently no other activity, no screen image, no sound. Unit is unresponsive and turned off by pressing and holding down power switch. Sometimes, even if unit is off and unplugged, battery light remains on dimly with no other activity. Battery is pulled out to prevent drain. Unit is old but the upgrade of memory to 192mb, HDD to 40gb, and OS to win xp pro sp2 years ago brought it back to service life for common light-duty tasks. Other configurations at original. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Thats sounds like a ram problem. If it was cpu you should still get a beep or post code. If it can't read the first 64kb of ram in the first chip it will do this.

I would take the ram out and swap the sticks. Then try to boot. If you get it then the chip is the problem. Older ram sockets can loosen up with heat cycle, vibration etc so it could be something as simple as needing to reseat the ram stick and it will work.

The next thing to check would be the cpu. It might be the chip or the socket again.

The power light is strange but I've seen it when the cpu is out when the power transitors go on the board. It may be a fault caused from the cpu.

I still have a 486 Tosh I use. Still can't type faster (or speull bettter) now then when it was new so it still does some things just fine ;-]

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