Solved Help with Toshiba M100 switching off

August 5, 2013 at 20:19:32
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 Memory: 2GB Corsair DHX
Hi guys. I have an old Toshiba M100 notebook and everything was OK until a friend of mine borrowed it. The symptoms are as follow: When I press the 'ON' button, the laptop will start up but after 5 seconds it will automatically shut off. What I noticed is that there is no hard disk LED activity. The same thing happened if I repeat the procedure. After trying to switch on the notebook for more than 30 times, I saw the hard disk activity LED flashes indicating the hard disk is running and I'm able to boot into Windows XP. Could you guys point out what is wrong with the laptop? Thanks in advance.

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#1
August 5, 2013 at 20:48:18
Download and run Seatools for DOS from a boot disk or pen drive. This will test your hard drive to see if it is damaged. The laptop may have been dropped.

Did you ASK your friend about it?


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#2
August 5, 2013 at 21:38:11
Dear OtheHill, my friend said nothing had happened to the notebook when it was with him. Thanks for the Seatools suggestion, have not tried it though. I really don't think it will run. When I switch on the notebook, there is no POST screen, it just automatically switches off. I need to repeat the process (i.e. pressing the button and watch it shuts down) more than 20 times until the notebook finally starts with POST screens and finally Windows XP.

p.s. Will try Seatools later, just to confirm your suspicion.

Thanks.

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#3
August 5, 2013 at 22:00:09
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The hard drive connections may also be loose. Still probably from a jar of some sort. The hard drive may be accessible from the bottom of the laptop. Be sure to remove the AC and the power battery. Depress the start button a couple of times, then open the case.

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