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Laptop won't start: black screen - lights flash on then off

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by aSILENTfire, Mar 24, 2012.

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  1. aSILENTfire

    aSILENTfire Thread Starter

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    I have a Gateway M685-E laptop running XP and Ubuntu, this morning when pushed the power button nothing would load.

    The AC LED stays on as well as the light under the power button, while the NumLock and the CapsLock flash on then off, which might be normal.

    The screen stays black but you can tell it is getting power by the shade of black it changes when it powers up.

    The last time I used it I shut it off by holding the power button.



    So far I have tried:
    • Removing AC power and battery
    • Removing RAM
    • Removing CMOS battery (or whatever its called, it looks like a watch battery)
    • Removing Hard Drive

    I'm praying that its not a fried Mother Board, could it be a corrupted BIOS?
    Please help,
    thanks
     
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    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Is this the same laptop that's in your other topic ?

    If it is I recommend you use the other topic only and remove this one.

    That would keep all the information in one place and make it easier to help you.
     
  3. aSILENTfire

    aSILENTfire Thread Starter

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    I never thought of the two topics as connected, but the thought gives me the idea to remove the DVD drive and see if that helps.

    link to thread on DVD read problem.
     
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