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No video on lappie due to bad hard drive?

By boxfiddler Moderator ·
This doesn't make sense to me, in this case.

I set my BIOS to display boot choice. Isn't that a function of BIOS video? I also set my POST screen to display. Isn't that a function of BIOS video?

Thanks. :)

As an aside, being logged in, why did I have to log in again? :0

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to HDD

Shop told me the hard drive was the cause.

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Ok.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to No video on lappie due to ...

I really don't like the way the order of posts changed after I selected the answers, and I really don't like that two days later the posts I thought I made that didn't show up on posting have magically appeared.

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Davette it's not an External Drive

by OH Smeg In reply to No video on lappie due to ...

That may need to be removed but the Internal Drive.

Though I'll admit that things are really confusing now with things appearing and then disappearing. I suppose it all depends on when you hit the site as to what you get to read.

Depending on what is wrong with the Internal HDD if it's drawing too much power through failed Motor or some sort of Short Circuit, that will pull the Voltage Rails in the NB low and there isn't enough voltage available to allow the rest of the thing to work properly if at all.

Or it could be something as simple as low voltage not allowing the Backlight on the Screen to illuminate so what displays on the screen remains invisible to you.

Col

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to No video on lappie due to ...

So the shop replaced the hard drive, and things went well for a couple weeks. The day after I brought it home, I had the no video issue once.

Now a few weeks later, no freaking video again/still. I can't take it back to the shop as I"m an easy 1000 miles from there. It's going back as soon as I get home, though.

What are the odds that there's a static buildup of some kind interfering with things?
What are the odds there's an as yet unfound power issue?
I checked the backlight (flashlight to screen - nothing shows so I can assume it's not the backlight?).
I've nagged them about the cable from the video card to the screen, but I freaking forgot to double-check that they checked that. I'm so dim on occasion...

Anything else I should look for?

And please don't anyone ask about the BIOS. I've got NO video, not even POST screen. How the hell would I know whether I can get into the BIOS or not? Which I could before the video crapped out...

Yes, Vista loads. I can hear the little musical sound that precedes the login screen.
Thanks. *sigh*

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Addendum.
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Davette When you first turn it on and open the BIOS what do you see?

by OH Smeg In reply to No video on lappie due to ...

:^0 :^0 :^0

OK now to be sensible if this is happening so often what have they told you was wrong? Personally I would be looking at a High Impedance Joint somewhere and no I don't mean a very large Marijuana Smoke. There is an electrical Fault here with something putting a lot of Resistance into the system and it really should be fixed by someone who knows what they are doing.

Sort of rules out the crowd that you've been taking it to so, what do the Makers say here?

Col

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Davette When you first tu ...

They said it was a bad hard drive... Guess I'll call HP when I get back home. *sigh*

I wonder. I think I'll pull the battery tomorrow and see if it fires up...

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Davette When you first tu ...

Pulling the battery made no difference.

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Davette When you first tu ...

Pulling the battery made no difference.

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