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black screen on Toshiba Satellite

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Hello all- brand new to the forum. Just found it last week.

I have an issue that popped up yesterday on my Toshiba Satellite M40 - JM3.
I closed the lid on the unit yesterday afternoon (which should hibernate it) and before bedtime I opened it up to shut it down properly but the screen was all black. It wouldn't wake up. The blue power button was lit, the fan was running, the blue leds on the front for AC and battery were lit up, but no go. I tried ctrl/alt/del -nothing. I put the recovery dvd in the drive and it spun up, -nothing. I ended up holding the power button down until it shut off. I let it sit for a few seconds and tried booting up again -nothing. Tried with and without recovery dvd, -nothing. Tried on AC and on battery -nothing.

Two days ago I thought I would spend some time updating drivers while I had time off from work. I went to Toshiba's site and found a page that showed the current drivers for my unit. http://209.167.114.38/support/Downlo...ite/sm40en.htmThat night I updated the BIOS from 1.00 to 1.70, making sure I used the correct BIOS for my video card. I used the Windows update procedure instead of burning it to cd and then updating. Everything seemed to go smooth. The only hiccup I had was that after updating, the system didn't restart like I expected it to as per the instructions I found on the Toshiba Europe site. I waited for it to restart for about 10-15 minutes and when it didn't, I powered it up. All seemed normal. I shut it down for the night. Yesterday morning, I checked other drivers. The Nvidia driver was up to date already, I installed the intel chipset driver 6.1.0.1008 and downloaded the owner's manual in .pdf format. That's all. I goofed around a little on the web, and then I closed the lid. This takes me back to the start of my post.

Anyone have any thoughts on what happened? I made sure that I set a recovery point in case anything went screwy, but I hadn't anticipated that I would freeze the computer up and not be able to recover it.
post #2 of 3
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Did I just fix it? It occurred to me to try removing the battery, disconnecting the AC and hitting the power button. I put the AC back in, hit the power button and wa la! it resumed operation!

I'm still confused though....
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Ya thats a common issue with toshiba laptops since the A70 series, when it goes to standby it sometimes puts the battery into some kind of weird standby mode and the only way to wake it up is to disconnect the battery and attach it again.
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