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My toshiba laptop wont start

Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:11 PM

My Toshiba Satellite was working before. But when i turned it off and turned it back on, the computer itself turns on. But the screen displays nothing, and the keyboard doesn't seem to be taking any input. I'm not very good with hardware, and i figured you guys might be. Does anyone have a fix for this inconvenient annoyance.
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Re: My toshiba laptop wont start

Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:19 PM

What's the model number?
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Re: My toshiba laptop wont start

Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:56 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 25 July 2012 - 12:19 PM, said:

What's the model number?


The model number is a Toshiba satellite C655D - S5300
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Re: My toshiba laptop wont start

Posted 25 July 2012 - 01:06 PM

So you are telling me this thing powers up.. (you hear the fans and hard drive hum).. the keyboard lights light up.. but the screen doesn't work?
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Re: My toshiba laptop wont start

Posted 25 July 2012 - 01:16 PM

View Postsammyzeus, on 25 July 2012 - 03:11 PM, said:

the computer itself turns on. But the screen displays nothing, and the keyboard doesn't seem to be taking any input.

If you press caps lock does the led come on indicating the keypress?

If you remove the memory (before powering on), do you get beeps when the unit is turned on?

Have you tried hooking up a 2nd monitor?

Have you tried booting with the battery removed? What about just on battery, no ac adapter?

If you try each of these things & get no beeps, & no Toshiba splash screen, then one of the core components are dead : CPU, Bus (Mother board), or Memory. If any of these three items fail, the unit will not POST (Power On Self Test), & does not boot.
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Re: My toshiba laptop wont start

Posted 25 July 2012 - 02:20 PM

View Postno2pencil, on 25 July 2012 - 01:16 PM, said:

View Postsammyzeus, on 25 July 2012 - 03:11 PM, said:

the computer itself turns on. But the screen displays nothing, and the keyboard doesn't seem to be taking any input.

If you press caps lock does the led come on indicating the keypress?

If you remove the memory (before powering on), do you get beeps when the unit is turned on?

Have you tried hooking up a 2nd monitor?

Have you tried booting with the battery removed? What about just on battery, no ac adapter?

If you try each of these things & get no beeps, & no Toshiba splash screen, then one of the core components are dead : CPU, Bus (Mother board), or Memory. If any of these three items fail, the unit will not POST (Power On Self Test), & does not boot.


I'll try that soon, I've just tried pushing caps lock and no light comes on. I will hook it up to another monitor soon. I might be able to bring it somewhere to get it fixed because this fix seems well out of my skill zone.
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Re: My toshiba laptop wont start

Posted 25 July 2012 - 02:45 PM

If it has a warranty or protection thing on it.. jump on that .
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Re: My toshiba laptop wont start

Posted 25 July 2012 - 03:48 PM

If the caps lock doesn't light up, I highly doubt that the 2nd lcd port will work.
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Re: My toshiba laptop wont start

Posted 25 July 2012 - 04:09 PM

View Postno2pencil, on 25 July 2012 - 03:48 PM, said:

If the caps lock doesn't light up, I highly doubt that the 2nd lcd port will work.


Hmm, well do you have any idea as to what i could do? I'm thinking about just bringing it back but i want to see if there are any fixes i can do without going through all the trouble of trying to get a replacement
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Re: My toshiba laptop wont start

Posted 25 July 2012 - 05:26 PM

You can try removing the dvd drive and the hard drive to see if one of those are causing the system not boot up.

If there are two sticks of ram you can try it one stick then the other stick.

If it still doesn't boot then signs are pointing to a dead motherboard. and yes those can be replaced and or repaired.

Let us know what you find.
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Re: My toshiba laptop wont start

Posted 25 July 2012 - 07:53 PM

View Postcalvinthedestroyer, on 25 July 2012 - 05:26 PM, said:

You can try removing the dvd drive and the hard drive to see if one of those are causing the system not boot up.

If there are two sticks of ram you can try it one stick then the other stick.

If it still doesn't boot then signs are pointing to a dead motherboard. and yes those can be replaced and or repaired.

Let us know what you find.


Will do
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Re: My toshiba laptop wont start

Posted 29 July 2012 - 10:10 AM

A very common problem that's been cropping up among laptops from High School and College Age students is a fried motherboard. Once this happens you're effectively screwed.

How does it happen? Often times a student will set the laptop on a bed or on carpet, clogging the air ports, choking the fans. After long enough the amount of continually generated heat will blow something, normally the motherboard or the hard drive.

Cooling pads should almost be a requirement for some laptops.
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Re: My toshiba laptop wont start

Posted 30 July 2012 - 04:47 AM

View Postsammyzeus, on 25 July 2012 - 07:09 PM, said:

View Postno2pencil, on 25 July 2012 - 03:48 PM, said:

If the caps lock doesn't light up, I highly doubt that the 2nd lcd port will work.


Hmm, well do you have any idea as to what i could do?

if you go through these previously suggested steps, you can effectively troubleshoot your laptop display. If it doesn't POST, one of the core components (most likely the board as suggested by a few here) is non functional. If you need walked through the troubleshooting steps, then you likely will not be able to repair or replace it yourself.

You could call around to some local repair shops, get a quote, & let me know what they say. My shop maybe able to do it for less, but you would have to ship it to Ohio.

Sorry we can't help further.
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