Laptop will not boot up anymore

December 3, 2012 at 21:06:05
Specs: Windows 7, 4gb

The past few months my laptop has been acting oddly
I thought it was over heating by randomly shutting down. But lately it has worsened from shutting down to now not booting up. I was watching a YouTube video and hwn it started skipping and then I restarted and now it will not boot up at all. The only thing that happens is the wifi and capslock buttons light up.and you hear the fans but the screen doesn't power on and it does nothing. I've tried HDMI to my tv so its not the screen. Any ideas? I have noticed if I take the battery out for a little while it will attempt to boot up and did an few times.last night but now nothing . It did.try once and I.entered.the startup repair screen and that was unsuccessful. Sorry for the typing I'm using my cell for this post. If it helps I did.a virus scan the night before and it.was.clean.

Here is a picture of what it looks like while trying to turn it on


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December 3, 2012 at 21:09:11

Forgot to add here is a picture of what it looks like when I try to turn it on

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December 3, 2012 at 23:26:28

Have you done anything about cleaning out dust buildup? You mention suspected overheating but nothing about taking action on that possibility.

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December 3, 2012 at 23:50:47

Your picture tells us nothing useful. Test the RAM & the hard drive to start with.

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December 4, 2012 at 04:29:12

Post the system model number. I suspect a serious overheating.

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December 4, 2012 at 08:04:36

yes the first thing that comes to my mind is overheating since u were watching a youtube video which uses up cpu time and raises its temperature.
What do u mean u tested ur HDMI to TV ? did the u see a display when u connected it on the tv ?

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December 4, 2012 at 09:24:22

Mmm also do you hear the hard drive try to spin up at all?

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December 4, 2012 at 12:33:06

It is a HP Pavilion dv7-4171us entertainment notebook.

I blew out the fans with the air in a can stuff from Staples and iy did not help. I tried to turn it on this morning and it went to start up but got stuck on the black Windows screen which also didn't fully load. No luck since, now its back to not powering.on like stated above, no screen activity.

By HDMI I meant I hooked see.if.the monitor.was.out.

This has also happened the night before it.stopped.working while watching you a bluray. U heard a stuttering sound and got the blue screen. However it let me restart that night.Temps normally ran in the 120s to.130s. Ive been keeping an eye on the.temps for some.weeks.

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December 4, 2012 at 14:15:18

There are more than a few things it could be... Are you sure the power supply adapter is OK? Have you checked, or can you check it's output - obviously it will be off-load this being a laptop/notebook. Also try another psu (power supply) as well? Not only the fan needs to be clear, any openings that may allow air flow too. Also check the CPU cooling system and ensure it's all as it ought to be.

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December 4, 2012 at 15:45:04

Temps normally ran in the 120s to.130s
Centigrade or Fahrenheit? Also this is a CPU or GPU temperature?

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December 5, 2012 at 10:28:42


Well the laptop is turned on now, it seems it only wants to boot up in the mornings after its been off for a good ammount of time. Im not sure how long its going to stay on without shutting down. Any ideas of what I can do while it is booted up ?

Right now the temps are 134F and that is the cpu temps.

I tried to do startup recovery but it froze in the middle of it but it did let me boot back up, amazing.
The power output is fine, the charge light on the side of the laptop comes on and stays on even if I wiggle it, and it charges as good as it did on day 1. The laptop is nearly a year old.

Im still thiking it may be heat, this sucker gets so hot that the air that blows out of it is too hot for my lap and burns ya pretty good lol.

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December 5, 2012 at 15:03:54

If/when the laptop dies as it were... check the psu output again - just in-case... That the charge light stays on is no gurrantee it's working properly... I've know of kit that suggests it's all charging OK - and wasn't; or that it was receiving correct volts... and wasn't...

One such recent item was SKY supplied router... Main power indicator on it said it's all OK... but the self test routine failed to confirm that... Then after a few seconds it would recycle itself to say "I'm OK" then shortly afterwards it would recycle again...

In fairness the psu is a long shot here... It does sound more like you have an overheat issue... And also it may already have happened "enuff" to do damage that shows up once on for a short while...

Also you say the laptop is not yet a year old? If that is so...then there is surely a warrant/guarantee issue here? And if so contact vendor/supplier and ask for a replacement laptop - or at least service/fix under warranty?

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