E 528 Won't boot up

Emachine laptop / E528
December 23, 2011 at 07:50:43
Specs: Windows 7, intel celleron 900
Emachine E528 when turned on E comes up then black screen. Warranty of course just expired a couple weeks ago. I tried booting up and pressing F8 but nothing. The first time this happened it showed the Screen with the E on it and then went into bios, now nothing after the E screen.
Finally got it to do something. Started it using F8, E screen came up, Then cursor, finally a screen that said " A disk read error occurred",
Press control - Alt - delete to restart. Then nothing.

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December 23, 2011 at 09:09:39
- Emachines E528 is an el-cheapo laptop model
- it has a reputation for the built in display failing.

If the built in display is failing, it often works intermittantly before it fails to display all the time.

Have you, or is it possible someone else who had access to this computer...
- dropped it, or dropped anything on it, or otherwise exposed it to a physical jolt ?
- spilled liquid on it, or sprayed it with liquid, or exposed it to liquid such as rain ?

Since the video last worked properly all the time, has there been a power failure event that happened while the AC adapter was plugged in ?

Those things are the most frequent reasons something inside the laptop has been damaged.

No display at all can be caused by a battery problem, or by a charging system or AC adapter connection problem that's causing the battery to not be charged, or by a problem with the built in display or it's connection to the video adapter.

Laptop no video (or video problems), and battery, AC adapter, power jack T shooting.

See response 1:

Try connecting it to an external monitor.

DO NOT plug in or unplug a monitor's video cable into / from a video port while the computer is running. Doing so can damage the monitor's circuits and/or the video adapter's circuits.

Some laptops will display on an external monitor without you having to do anything.

If you get no video on an external monitor, some laptops have a key combo that you must press to toggle the display to external video only / built in display video only / sometimes both - see the Owner's or User's manual for the model.

If the display is always fine while booting the computer BEFORE the operating system is supposed to load when an external monitor is connected, but it does not always display in the same situation on the built in display, the built in display is relatively cheap to buy.

" A disk read error occurred",

Your hard drive may be failing.
If you have, or if anyone has, dropped the laptop, it probably IS failing. Your computer or hard drive warranty DOES NOT cover damage caused by that.
Or - it may be defective otherwise.

Test your hard drive with hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics.

Seagate's SeaTools will test (almost) any brand of hard drive.

Do the long test.

The Dos bootable versions of SeaTools can test the hard drive when Windows will not load properly, or even when the drive has no data on it.

It the drive itself passes the test, any data problems on the drive can be fixed one way or another.

If the hard drive fails the test, or if the diagnostics can't access it all, you need to get another hard drive.

If the hard drive can't be accessed anymore, you will NOT be able to get any of your personal data that you have added off of it yourself.

You CAN install the software the computer originally came with if you can buy the Recovery disks for your specific model.

Check for Recovery disk availability -

Go here:

Accessory store - Purchase Accessories, eRecovery CD's....

If they don't have that, try here:

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