Solved laptop intermittedly boots at various stages

July 24, 2011 at 21:17:04
Specs: Linux ubuntu / window xp
intermittedly, at times will boot to
just a few clicks of the hard drive, then no signs of life,
boots to grub, arrow keys won't work, boots to OS
boots to OS, USB or WIFI does not work
boots up just fine

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July 25, 2011 at 13:02:39
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I'd test it it can boot to bios consistently. If that fails then I'd suspect hardware. If you can boot to bios then move tests to memory and hard drives. If pass then consider reload of OS.

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July 25, 2011 at 17:33:11
I con not always get to BIOS, but with a twist of the laptop, I can ultimately get there and beyond.

I disassembled the laptop to the extent of removing the battery, bottom plate, and HD, and found no obvious loose connections.

The laptop was dropped onto a rug from about a foot heigth. Could this cause the HD to be intermittent?

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