Solved: older toshiba satellite laptop won't turn on

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A friend brought her Toshiba Satellite P205D-S7438 laptop to me and wants me to see if I can tell what is wrong with it. When I took out the battery and plugged it in, the lite comes on that it is plugged in. When trying to start it, nothing. Where shall I start with this dead laptop?
 

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take the battery and power lead out
hold the power switch on for 60sec

see if that helps
 

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Still nothing. I was wondering if I should take it apart and clean the inside good and see if the heat sink fan is real dirty. I don't know if that would be the next thing to do, or other trouble shooting first. She said it was working fine when she shut it down the nite before. I have worked on this laptop for her several times for various problems.
Thanks for the reply.
 

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have you tried seeing if a bootable CD will boot up

say something like ubuntu

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UBUNTU Stand Alone CD

Note the latest version of UBUNTU needs a DVD to use and boot from

if you only have CDs then you can use an older version, version 10 or 11 from this archive list
http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/releases/


It may be possible to boot from another Operating System
This will at least test the Hardware and also see if you can see the Harddrive and possibly get data off.

If you have another PC with a cdwriter and spare CD
goto http://www.ubuntu.com/ and download the ISO http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

You can also run from a USB device now - if the Machine supports booting off a USB Stick
http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

full details are here (Note this is for version 9 - so the start up options are slightly different )
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/

click on the image "download ubuntu"
Select a location
then begin download
Save the file onto your PC – remember where you saved it – so you can find it again to create the image bootable CD.

You do NOT copy the ISO file onto a CD - you have to use the ISO to create a bootable CD
The CD creator software you have on the PC may have an option to create an image from an ISO
If not - use this free program http://www.imgburn.com/ - Choose the option Write image file to disc
OR
you can use this stand alone ISO Burner to burn the ubuntu onto CD ftp://terabyteunlimited.com/burncdcc.zip

When the UBUNTU CD boots - you will see a screen - with Language on the left panel and two option images labelled

== > Try ubuntu
== > Install ubuntu

You can try Ubuntu without making any changes to your computer, directly from this CD

Use "Try ubunto" ONLY. This option will run from the CD and not install onto your harddrive - be careful, if you do install onto the PC - you will wipe the data and software OFF your hard drive.., so repeat, only use option 1

Now you should see a UBUNTU desktop
This at least proves the main parts of the PC are working

NOTE: if you only see a black screen - then this is a known issue, and can be resolved by using the following:-
On some hardware configurations, you need to set some kernel parameters for ubuntu to boot or work properly. A common one is nomodeset, which is needed for some graphic cards that otherwise boot in to a black screen or corrupted splash, acpi_osi= to fix lcd backlight and other problems.
full details are here
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132

If you press the F6 key, a menu at the bottom will open allowing you to set kernel options with the space bar or enter key. You can close the menu with escape key and resume booting by selecting the option “try ubuntu without installing” (please note that session does allow you to install ubuntu once you found the kernel options cured your problem).
If everything worked OK and you should be on the ubuntu desktop

You may see your Harddrive on the desktop - if not have in look in the places on the tool bar at the top of the screen.

If you can see your harddrive – see if you can find the your datafiles –
XP look in “documents and settings” under the user name you had on the PC
Vista/Windows 7 look in “user” under the user name you had on the PC

Now if you have a USB flash drive or external harddrive – you should be able to copy your data from the harddrive onto the USB device

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Version 12.04
to see the harddrive
on the left hand side menu
look for the
Home Folder
the icon = Folder
click once

at the top of the window that opens you should see
Devices
click on the icon of a drive
Now all your folders should open

to find all your data files
XP look in “documents and settings” under the user name you had on the PC
Vista/Windows 7 look in “user” under the user name you had on the PC

to check the Disk Intergrity
goto Dash home this is the icon at the top of the lefthand menu - click on that icon
Now in the window that opens
type DIS
a list of applications will open
choose Disk Utility by clicking on the Icon

A list of devices will appear in a new window - to make the window full screen - you may have to click on the small icons at the top left of the window - you have a X - and a square - click on the square to make the windows full screen

Beware this utility can wipe all your data off the harddrive - so proceed with caution

from the window that pops up - choose your harddrive - by clicking on it

look around the top right hand side - you should see a SMART Status ( green dot - disk is healthy)
under that will be
SMART DATA
this will provide a summary of the disk status and allow you to run Self-test

Run Self-test - note this takes some time to run
you have three options
  • short
  • extended
  • conveyance

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I had tried a boot disk but it wouldn't do anything. I just downloaded Ubuntu 12.04.3 to a DVD and tried it. Still not getting anything the CD/DVD drive is spinning and that's all I get. I tried using an external monitor that I know works and nothing there either. Anything else I should try?? Thanks for your reply.
 

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i dont think theres much else left - that i can suggest
other members maybe able to help
 

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I'll mark this one solved. She decided to get a new computer instead of having more done to this one. Thanks for your help.
 

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your welcome , thanks for letting us know
 
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