Toshiba laptop fell and wont boot past BIOS

December 22, 2011 at 20:48:55
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Sempron™ SI-42 processor/2GB DDR2 800MHz memory
My toshiba satellite recently dropped and wont boot. I cant figure out exactly what hardware was damaged or disloged. Here are the current symptoms. When I boot up the laptop it start normally saying F8 for bios. If i dont do that a cursor appears like it does when the system does a boot up check. The cursor blinks a couple of times then the screen goes blank. Im thinking its a damaged hard drive. I can access bios and the computer is recognizing the hard drive. Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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December 23, 2011 at 03:58:34
Open access panels, remove battery, remove and reseat memory. Remove and reseat plugs on hard drive. Replace the battery and try again.
Run hard drive mfg's test utility (read name off drive) or use Seagate's Seatools and run off bootable CD to see if the hard drive is good. Run Memtest86 off CD as well to test your memory. If you can get into BIOS and both of these tools runs then your hardware is probably fine, it is possible that if the system was on when it was dropped then the damage was to Windows so you may need to do a start up repair. You can do this from an install disk, a repair disk (you should have made this when computer was new, you can make one from any Windows 7 machine that is the same type - 32bit or 64bit), or a recovery disk from the mfg.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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