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Solved: older toshiba satellite laptop won't turn on

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rubeckf, Dec 6, 2013.

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  1. rubeckf

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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.
     
  4. etaf

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    have you tried seeing if a bootable CD will boot up

    say something like ubuntu

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    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:-
     
  5. rubeckf

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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.
     
  8. etaf

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    your welcome , thanks for letting us know
     
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