Solved No Video. Black screen

February 18, 2012 at 04:28:46
Specs: windows 7
need bios for MSI A 5000 laptop Nvidea GeForce 8200m G. I may have damaged my laptop while messing with the internal battery. I read in the crucial upgrades site that sometimes you get no video after a memory update. and a bios update is needed. I was going to try that before determining that the motherboard is the problem. How do i flash the bios if I don't have any display feedback?

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#1
February 18, 2012 at 08:13:25
You screwed something up by "messing with the internal battery". What was the reason for messing with it in the 1st place? You need to undo whatever it was you did, you do NOT need a BIOS update.

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#2
February 18, 2012 at 17:21:08
It wasn't booting up. the previous owner had taken it appart and tinkered with it a bit. I have worked on my desktops before (replacing memory and hard drives). I took the back cover off and was checking to make sure all nothing was loose. I noticed that the wire to the fan had been pinched but was partially attached so I left it alone. I checked the memory modules and swapped them to see if it made a difference. I put the battery back in and it booted up. I was able to access the factory restore image utility and restored it with all the security updates and AVG free. I gave it back to him and it worked for about a day. He said he heard a pop when it crashed on him while installing Itunes. This time black screen. I took it appart once again and this time I tried the battery thing. It didn't work so I gave it back to him. He was going take out all the metal for scrap. I offered to by it. It has been in my closet for over one year.

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#3
February 18, 2012 at 22:54:59
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"He said he heard a pop when it crashed"

Electronics that go "Pop" cannot be fixed with a software update.
You say it only gets black screen now. Does it show any sign of actually booting up when you try? Black screen means nothing in isolation. your problem may be a blown powersupply, blown motherboard, blown CPU, blown ram, blown graphics ( integrated in motherboard), blown inverter, blown backlight, and you are quite correct in guessing that without any display you cannot do a bios update, pointless as that exercise would be.

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#4
February 19, 2012 at 16:58:55
Thank you for your response. I discovered that if I take one of the memory modules out, I get a white screen instead of black. If put in a Linux live CD and it crunches on it like it is trying to load it. Hard drive light flickering etc. I can even make the screen lighter or darker, Cap lock light on and off, WiFi light on and off. Even the fan is changing speed as the Live CD is read. But with both modules in, I get a black screen and the sleep button on but nothing else. Another difference is that with one module the power button is instantly off. With two modules the power button has to be pressed for 5 seconds to shut it down.

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