Problem with motherboard or ram on laptop?

February 20, 2011 at 10:50:58
Specs: Windows XP
I turn my laptop on and comes nothing but a black screen the lights and everything turns on but the BIOS screen does not come up and just stays black. I had this problem 1 day ago and turned it off and on a couple of times then it worked but now just black screen. it is 5-6 years old. Is it just garbage now?

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#1
February 20, 2011 at 15:19:04
Try connecting an external monitor to see if your then get video. Do you hear any beeps or drive sounds?

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#2
February 22, 2011 at 01:37:13
I dont see anything on the ext. monitor and it is on and works tested it. I dont hear any beeps but the hard drives and fans are all running.

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#3
February 22, 2011 at 04:19:47
Are you trying with the AC adapter connected?

Sounds like a major hardware failure.

Do you recall hearing any beeps when booting the laptop in the past?


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#4
February 23, 2011 at 14:22:47
I tryed with the the AC adapter connected.

I have heard beeps in the past right when iI turn it on and the first screen loads


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#5
February 23, 2011 at 14:31:49
A common thing that can happen with ram, even ram that worked fine previously, is the ram has, or has developed, a poor connection in it's slot(s).

See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:
http://www.computing.net/hardware/w...

For a laptop, or netbook, you must remove both its main battery and AC adapter before you do that.

For a brand name computer, see the Owner's or User's manual if you need to - how to remove or replace the ram is usually in that - it may already be in your installed programs. If you can't get into Windows, it may be on a disk that came with the computer, or you can go online and look at it or download it - it's in the downloads for your specific model.
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Laptop no video (or video problems), and battery, AC adapter, power jack T shooting.

See response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

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.


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#6
February 23, 2011 at 15:08:50

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#7
February 24, 2011 at 02:23:57
I tryed with the the AC adapter connected.

I have heard beeps in the past right when iI turn it on and the first screen loads


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