Monitor comes up black i can see the cursor but nothing else any ideas? it boots normally but once past the boot screen its all black with just the cursor showing
It starts up normal goes through the boot process and you can see the status bar and everything else but once it is done it goes to a black screen. you can see the cursor but it will not show icons or background. and i cannot go to control panel or anything like that. i can access the bios and boot menu but thats about all
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Re: monitor comes up black i can see the cursor but...
Nevermind the more I thought about it, your not getting to the operating
system. The PCs used to say something to the effect of 'operating
system not found' after the POST if it could not find a boot device. I
think that's what's happening here, you have to go into to BIOS and see
if it can detect the hard drive. When the laptop boots look for a
message saying 'press F1 for setup' or something along those lines... if
it comes up too quick to see start hitting F1, Esc, Del keys right
after the power lights comes on, BIOS is usually one of those keys. Once
in BIOS look for a 'devices' type tab and search for where it reads the
hard drive If there's nothing there then its your problem, and you need
to get the BIOS to autodetect it. Respond if you have questions.
Testimonial: "ok that part the pc recgonized the hdd but the processor fan did not turn on at all and it still goes black could it be a motherboard or video card problem?"
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Remove the battery and open the case. Look inside the computer with a flashlight to see if any of the capacitors are busted or leaking from corrosion. The capacitors look like little battery towers, but they are not as tall as the AA or AAA batteries.
If the capacitors are bad, your computer goes bunkers.
Was it configured to try to boot from 'A:' ?
Disconnect the hard-drive & CD/DVD drives.
Put a diskette into the drive, and see if it tries to find a boot-record on the diskette.
If it tries, then it has P.O.S.T.'d correctly.
> no beep codes
When it worked, did it beep _once_ when P.O.S.T. completed?
Taking out the RAM _should_ cause some beep codes, i.e., "no RAM".
Replace the monitor?
Replace a dead video-card?
Or, add-in a video-card, and connect a monitor to it, leaving the original monitor connected to the original video-card. One of the two displays should show the P.O.S.T.
Have you tried an XP repair?
Then you can save your data . XP repair When you boot with the Win XP install CD-ROM, it loads a minimal operating system, similar to DOS, but compatible with Win XP. At the first screen you select install Win XP (not Recovery Console) and at the next screen it will find that you already have Win XP and offer to attempt a repair. This repair should not touch your Applications or data; it just reinstalls the Windows files. This is great because when it works you don't need to reinstall all your software. If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe
Power off your computer, then power on hitting F12, del or whichever key it states to go into setup. From the setup menu, select change boot order or boot menu. Set the CD ROM to the first boot device. Save changes. Restart. Your computer should boot to cd starting the installation.