Can you attach laptop as a slave?

December 3, 2010 at 18:38:33
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a laptop that has power, but the screen is black so I have no idea if it is actually starting. Attaching an external display didn't work. Is there a way to attach it or it's HD to my desktop as a slave to diagnose it's problem?

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December 3, 2010 at 19:03:10
You can take the drive out of the laptop and use an adaptor or suitable external enclosure to check the drive contents but that will not help diagnose what is a hardware problem in the laptop itself.

"I have a laptop that has power" What? It has a battery? It is plugged into mains using a cord? Means nothing. When you try to turn it on does the internal fan start up? Do you hear the drive spin up? Not sure whether these things have an internal fuse. The motherboard might be toast. The AC Adaptor might have failed.

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December 3, 2010 at 19:16:00
Can you select and unselect the number lock or cap lock?

When you boot do you see any lights blink on?

Might recheck how to make the external work also. Might be a hotkey or function key to enable secondary monitor. Monitor and laptop may have to be powered off and then both turned on.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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December 4, 2010 at 07:31:41
Thanks guys. The laptop is turning on with the AC Adapter attached or usng the battery. Fan starts, drive spins. Lights do come on on the laptop itself. No light whatsoever on laptop display. External works fine, but when attached to laptop remains black as well. No indication the the caps or num lock are working.

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