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Help

So I'm trying to fix my friend's laptop, a Toshiba Satellite.

The monitor was busted but the computer worked. Unfortunately once I got it the thing wouldn't turn on. It shows a blue light indicating that it's plugged in but the orange "battery charging" light goes on for a couple seconds after you plug it in then goes off.

My friend opened up the computer but he put it back together before he brought it to me.

I want to make sure it can boot and plug it into a monitor before we spend any money on a new screen.

I've opened part of it up and checked the connections but they seems fine. I also tried starting it plugged in with the battery out and also booting with one stick of RAM.

Anyone have any idea of what the problem could be?

Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks,



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post #2 of 8
Have you checked the power button? Sometimes its simple as that.
One question though, you mean that it was turning on then it stopped turning on after a few days?
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post #3 of 8
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My friend said that it booted but it won't for me. He disassembled the computer between then and now.

It seems like it could be that the power button might not be connected. I'll dig in and try to check it tonight.
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post #4 of 8
I think your screwed. I always took my laptops apart, changed the processor twice, and one day, my laptop decided not to display an image no matter what I did, including replacing the screen, and hooking it up to a monitor.

Still don't know what happened to it, but it has happened to me twice, and I have owned and disassembled MANY laptops.
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post #5 of 8
My friends laptop had a similar problem with the power button. Try the screw driver trick on the pins and see if that works.
    
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post #6 of 8
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Thanks for the tip, I'll try bypassing the power button manually and see if that changes anything.
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post #7 of 8
+1 for the power button issue. It sounds like your friend is a little inexperienced and it's easy to overlook a connector like that. Let us know.
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post #8 of 8
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Hey, I just wanted to follow up on this thread.

It did turn out to be the power button. I don't know how I overlooked it but it wasn't plugged all the way into the motherboard! I couldn't see it at first but once I took it all the way apart the problem became apparent.

Hopefully I'll be able to get the computer restored from here.



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