I have a hp pavillion 5200/5240 laptop w/pentium four that had the monitor go out. The rest of the computer turns on but the monitor does not. Is this a monitor problem /software? Anything I can fix myself? The computer was only about two years old when it died. Its been sitting in the closet for about two years plus. thanks
Hi falcon30, first thing I would suggest you do is plug the laptop into an external monitor to check that the graphics card/the laptop itself is functioning ok. All your need is a standard PC monitor with a VGA cable, plug the VGA cable into the blue port labeled 19 on the picture below. Turn on the laptop and if nothing appears on the screen, hold down the 'Fn' key and press f5. If nothing still shows than this suggests a different problem. If it shows ok on the screen however, and boots fine then it would suggest that something has failed screen-wise. This could possibly be fixed yourself if you feel confident enough, but without having access to the laptop I am unable to tell you which part of the screen has failed, so the whole screen part of your laptop would need to be replaced, spares for this sort of thing can be found on ebay, and disassembly instructions can be found at this link: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/manualCategory?product=299255&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=299255&dlc=en&lang=en , you need to download the PC service manual. Otherwise you can continue to use the laptop with a normal PC monitor. If you need any more help just let me know, good luck and all the best. Si :)
I have had the same problem at work with 3 different HP pavillion zv5000 series. For some reason the laptop screen goes into sleep mode and it appears to be a bios corruption thing. In my case, what we did was to turn the computer off for at least 15 minutes, then turn on. Sometimes the screen comes up for 5 minutes before shutting off, sometimes it never comes on. Press the little button the turns the screen off when you close the laptop. Press many times real quick. You will see the screen flickering and can see the image, enough for you to know what it's in display. Download a new bios version and upgrade or reset your bios (keep pressing on and off the laptop button that turns off the screen when you close it if you want to know what is on the screen. The quick flickering on the screen will give you time to read what is on the screen and monitor the bios upgrade. Once youy reboot your laptop will be to normal
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