Notebook sometimes won't turn or fuzzy screen

Micro-star international / Ms-n014
October 3, 2011 at 13:15:59
Specs: Windows XP, 1.703 GHz / 1012 MB
My notebook for no known reason the past week i go to turn it on but the screen is fuzzy, i then turn it off and try to turn it on again but it won't come on, first time thought it had no battery so plugged the charger in and it came on after two attempt's, but every time i have gone to turn it on after this it done the same, fuzzy first time then i will plug the charger in, i have to keep trying to turn it on (the power light come's on then click's back off again). it will finally work but seem's to be more attempt's each time??? i'm afraid it won't turn on at all soon and have thing's stored on my notebook i don't want to lose. thank you for your time. Any idea's what could be the problem? i'm using it now writing to you's.

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October 3, 2011 at 14:54:48
"Micro-star international / Ms-n014"

Your model is actually a NETBOOK, not a notebook.

It has no built in optical drive.

It's NOT a recent model. Have you EVER replaced the battery ?

Since it last worked properly, have you, or is it possible anyone else who has had physical access to this NETBOOK
- dropped it, or otherwise subjected it to a physical jolt ?
- spilled liquiid on it, or exposed it to liquid such as rain, or sprayed it with liquid ?

Has there been a power failure event, or lightning strikes in your region, since it last worked properly, while the AC adapter was plugged in ?

Any of those things is a lot more likely to cause damage to your computer that requires that something inside of it must be replaced.

Your problems may do to your LCD display's backlight or voltage inverter is starting to fail, and/or you have a battery or a battery charging problem

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

See response 1:

Some laptops will display on an extermal monitor without you having to do anything. Other laptops require that you press a key combo to toggle the display to external display / built in display - see the Owner's or User's manual for your specific model.

If there is nothing wrong with your AC adapter or it's connection and the jack in the laptop.......

Laptop main batteries usually work as they should for a year or so, then they begin to rapidly deteriorate. From what I've seen, by two years they cannot be charged to anywhere near their full capacity, and it gets worse after that.
They often develop internal shorts when they are older. If the battery gets HOT rather than just warm after you have attempted to charge it for at least a half hour, or after you have been using the laptop for a while with the AC adapter plugged in, it's definitely internally shorted and you must replace it. Internally shorted batteries getting too hot have been known to cause the laptop to catch on fire.

Tips about battery charging problems on Dell laptops - may apply to other makes.
See response 3 in this by iTech:

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October 8, 2011 at 06:06:21
Thank you.
The netbook was purchased by my uncle less than a year ago brand new and after a month was passed to me, so it isn't old by use. The charger i have noticed does get hot tho :/
It has also been plugged into my main's when the electric cut of.
Also there could be a chance it it has been knocked never noticed myself but has been used by other's.
I will check the responce's now.
Would it help the get a new charger? battery?..
suppose if i do and it still carries on i would know it's internal...
would it then help to get it looked at? could it be fixed?
also what price am i looking at?
thank you for your time

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October 8, 2011 at 07:50:06
The AC adapter may get warm, but it shouldn't get hot, as in so hot you can't keep your fingers on it for more than a few seconds, especially when the battery is not installed. .
It's possible the battery is defective (internally shorted), in which case the AC adapter MIGHT get hot when the battery is installed, and the battery would likely get hot.
In any case, the netbook should work fine when only the AC adapter is plugged in, if there was nothing else wrong. It MAY work fine when an external monitor is connected to it - when the built in LCD display has been damaged, usually there's nothing wrong with the video asdapter.
See the info at the
Laptop no video (or video problems), and battery, AC adapter, power jack T shooting

You could have a local place that repairs laptops / netbooks analyze it if you needed to. They may charge a flat fee for doing that.

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