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Toshiba Satellite A Series Doesn't Turn On

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Underspore, Feb 7, 2009.

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  1. Underspore

    Underspore Thread Starter

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    Hello everyone,

    My little more than one year old Satellite notebook won't turn on when I press the power button. The lights next to the button work, but the computer itself doesn't turn on (no HDD, no CPU).

    I took it to a service, and today I called them - they're telling me that the video card overheated (and I didn't really understand, what I got out of it was that the soldered pins got detached) and that's what's causing the problem. They said they can solder it back for $250...

    I'm a little skeptical, because I know that I can boot a [desktop] computer without a video card, at least to hear the HDD and the CPU.

    Can it be possible that my computer doesn't boot because my video card is detached from the motherboard?

    I'm also a little skeptical because I think what they're trying to do is rip me off, that's why I'm asking if this is reasonable. They charge me $30 bucks either way now that they opened my computer and "checked" what was wrong, and they walk away with even more money if they get me to agree to repair it...

    My fear is that possibly they even fiddled with my video card now (let's say that the problem was a simple wire and they ruin the soldering on my video card...) just to get me to pay $250 bucks for the computer back.
    If I choose to not repair this computer, they'll probably offer to buy it off of me for about the same price if not lower, and it's still a very good laptop.

    Thank you for any help in advance.
     
  2. Megabite

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    When you turn it on does anything come up on the screen???

    What happens if you immediately start tapping F8 on startup

    Do you hear the fan running
     
  3. Underspore

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    Doesn't turn on at all. No HDD, no CPU, no fans.
    Power button just doesn't do anything.
     
  4. Megabite

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    Can you have your powersupply tested or try another one...
     
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    If they knew it was the video card solder then they would have to have opened the PC up and could have down it then........see if you can borrow another power supply with the same output......
     
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