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Black screen of death

I have a toshiba satellite a205-s4777. yesterday my comp shut down, and when i turned it back on it gave me a screen to restart normal (in case of just power loss) or launch start up repair for possible damaged files or files that were not configured properly. i have tried numerous times to reboot, hitting both options and am not getting anywheres. if i choose the normal launch then it goes back to the option screen after a few minutes. if i hit the start up repair it will go to a black screen with loading bars for a few minutes, then i get the screen of death, albeit sometimes it will have a white mouse icon on it. i have hit the f2 and f12 options, but they haven't helped. i have tried rebooting from disk, and the computer told me that it was not possible due to hard disk could not be found. i have a lot of personal pictures and such on hard drive and don't want to lose it, is there any way i can salvage it or just cut my losses? i am in iraq right now and don't have computer repair store handy.

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  • Anonymous May 16, 2008

    I am having the same problem as the soldier but Mine will act like it is loading windows and then kick over to a black blank screen. My cursor will go over the screen but thats it. I shut my computer down yesterday and tried to use it today and that is what happened.. Is there any help????

  • yankeempcop May 17, 2008

    i have removed the hard drive, and swapped it out with a buddies comp as i originally thought maybe it was motherboard or processer that went out. his hard drive worked on my comp, mine did not work in his. i have tried also booting from disk, get an error message (f3e1000001) saying can't find hard disk. took out the drive a few times to check it out, and went back to the f2 screen, says i have hard drive installed. any other suggestions? of send to drive savers?


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It is not a hard drive failure as suggested by Dageezer. I'm tring to fix that SAME problem now...

The screen is only black even though you can see some graphics on the background if you strain your eyes very well.

When connected it to an external monitor the graphics become bright and clear... just that the host PC is still black.

It is probably a problem with the monitor... I'm checking it out. would post a feed back later.


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If he tried another Hard Drive in this PC, and it worked fine (booting and video is all okay), and his HD in another machine gave the same problems as before, then how can you say the HD is not the problem?

Could be a corrupt OS or bad sectors on the HD itself, and in my opinion more likely the latter.

You should be able to salvage data without booting to the HD. Get yourself a hard drive adapter. We use one here at work made by Drive Wire (APRICORN) that works great for salvaging data (connects just like an external HD). Even if you are unable to salvage data from this HD, this is a useful tool to have on hand.

If you have a smaller laptop, it may have a 1.8" ZIF/LIF HD, which wouldn't work with that adapter. Just check your HD before you buy an adapter.

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It appears you have had a hard drive failure. Here are some things you can try.

Remove and reseat the Hard Drive then see if the hard drive is detected in the BIOS.

If not, then you best bet is to send the drive to a data recovery specialist like DriveSavers.

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