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It powers is good. No disk activity e.g read ,when boot up. no display activity.

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Boot problems

A200 series laptops are very good normally but don't boot up if there is a device in the USB slot or a CD/DVD in the drive.
If it still refuses to POST, remove the AC Adapter, remove the battery and remove the hard drive.
Power the unit up without the hard drive and it should complete POST and complain that there is no hard drive. If that doesn't work remove AC adapter, ensure battery is disconnected and remove hard drive and RAM. Try again. If it still doesn't work, you have a mother board fault and it needs a service centre. www.Toshiba.com will help you out.
If it does work at one of the options, when you have closed the laptop down, replace the RAM first and test, then the Hard Drive.

When working download updated BIOS from Toshiba.com
Hope this fixes your problem.


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SOURCE: no boot or bios display

It sounds as if you might have a memory (ram) problem. You might try removing and reseating the memory just in case it has gotten loose or lost contact.

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