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Dead laptop, test card showing FF

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You guys may remember the two laptops I had that displayed only a black screen when a DVD drive was inserted.
Anyway, for those of you that don't
1) Got laptop with faulty DVD drive which also wouldn't boot 5 times out of 10
2) Put DVD drive in cheap laptop to check it wasn't the mobo on the other one
3) The other one wouldn't even get to the BIOS screen - HDD acess light and fan would come on, but dead as a doornail otherwise.
4) Other laptop started doing the same thing. It doesn't matter if you boot without a DVD drive, it still does it, as does the other one.
I tried stripping it down and putting it back together. Tried replacing the CPU. No luck, although flashing gray screen sometimes appears.
Tried using test card. Comes up with FF code. No idea what the problem is, and I have tried everything.
Any ideas?
Thanks for looking
    
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post #2 of 5
Have you tried different memory yet?
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post #3 of 5
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no, ill try that tonight
    
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post #4 of 5
Ok, that would be where Id start. If you have MemTest you could always try that.
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Phenom 1100T ASUS M4A89TD GTX 470 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 500GB + WD 1TB LG DVD RW Windows 7 Pro Viewsonic 24" 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 500GB + WD 1TB LG DVD RW Windows 7 Pro Viewsonic 24" 
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Microsoft X6 Cooler Master 750W Antec 300 CM Storm Sentinel 
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Just tried installing new RAM. Tried different slots, no luck...
    
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500GB Samsung Spinpoint Pioneer DVD+/-R/RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 24"Samsung SM2494HS+Sony Bravia 20" 
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Saitek Eclipse II OCZ ModXstreme Pro 700W Modded Antec 900 Logitech MX518 
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Intel Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.0Ghz Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R‏ HIS Radeon 5850 6GB OCZ Platinum 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB Samsung Spinpoint Pioneer DVD+/-R/RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 24"Samsung SM2494HS+Sony Bravia 20" 
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