Toshiba M30 Black Screen

toshiba m30
December 19, 2006 at 08:23:02
Specs: windows xp home, Centrino 1.5 512mb

Hi people i have a toshiba m30 which until now has been working fine. Last night i hooked up s-video to watch an AVI movie which i do often then i went to bed. when i woke up this morning i couldnt get the screen back. I'm not sure if its even posting at this point. I turn it off and on and nothing happens. Fn F5 seems to do nothing and hooking the laptop up to another monitor displays nothing on the monitor as well. When i turn it on the screen flickers a little bit but stays black and i used to have to hold down power for about 8 seconds to shut it down in the event of a problem but when i press and hold power now the light goes off after only about 2 seconds.

any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

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December 19, 2006 at 09:45:12

I had the same thing happen to my daughters Toshiba laptop (the black screen) and that turned out that the hard drive went out. I had another to test it and then enbded up buying a new one and putting it in.
maybe its not the same as your issue but it looked like it.

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December 19, 2006 at 09:48:18

hit fn and press F5 a couple times. there's like 5 options for it to go through, if you only press it once it wont change the option its on. not sure if you understand.

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December 19, 2006 at 10:11:27

thanks i did try the Fn F5 thing already for quite some time with quite a few different combinations with no luck...also the hard drive is only about a month old so hopefully thats not it lol.

maybe this is a bit extreme but i've taken the system apart and removed the cmos battery cable hopefully it will reset the bios and return to default settings....

*fingers crossed

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December 19, 2006 at 10:33:33

well i wouldnt rip it apart, but that might do it. i would try hooking it up to the tv again and use that as an external monitor and maybe try and figure something out.

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December 19, 2006 at 10:34:21

thanks i did try that as well
...just putting it back together now

*fingers still crossed

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December 19, 2006 at 11:29:53

well i got it back together and no luck its still doing the same thing...

anyone got any other suggestions?

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December 19, 2006 at 14:50:03

Check your hard drive.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibilty, on another computer.

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