User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 8 of 9

Thread: Calling all computer geeks, help/advice needed

  1. #1
    An orchid fancier with a CP problem chibae's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    mid-Atlantic coast, USA
    Posts
    1,460
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Calling all computer geeks, help/advice needed

    Background..beast in question is a three year old HP Compaq Presario

    Recent history...CD/DVD burner died, cursor would stop working, needed to be clicked off and on again, screen would not come on when beast was awoken requiring turning off and restarting.

    Last Friday, beast rebooted for an update, black screen of death appeared. As I needed to leave for the weekend beast was left turned off.

    Last night, pulled battery, unplugged cord and held start button down for 60 seconds, restarted beast with cable but not battery. Made sure all data backed up to external drive, turned off, put back in battery, started again no issues. Noticed heat was building up so I turned beast off for the night.

    This evening, beast would not turn on. repeated battery pull, etc. Still took 13 tries to get it to turn on.

    Any idea on how long till beast needs to be put down, or is there a vet who can help it?
    It's a tough life being a Sarracenia farmer
    My Grow List http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=123776

  2. #2
    Admin- I'm growing CPs in the Desert of Tucson, Az. adnedarn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Tucson, Arizona USA
    Posts
    8,432
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    So... it's a laptop? Have you used canned air to try and clean it out? Sounds similar to my wife's computer (same but hers is a bit older) I've taken it completely apart a few times in order to get in there and really clean out all the dust around the processor (it packed in really really good...). Something like this... :-p

    Calling all computer geeks, help/advice needed-0305071310-jpg


    Oh, she has a Sony Viao now, I've done it to that too though. lol
    -Andrew
    Owner of TerraForums, FlyTrapShop.com, and cpforums.org.
    Support FlyTrapShop, support TerraForums! www.flytrapshop.com

  3. #3
    An orchid fancier with a CP problem chibae's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    mid-Atlantic coast, USA
    Posts
    1,460
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Holy Laptop Boss Man. How did you even get that top off? I can't find the screws on mine except for the HDD and RAM areas.
    It's a tough life being a Sarracenia farmer
    My Grow List http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=123776

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Rockville, MD
    Posts
    74
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hrrm so when you say you try it turn it on, what exactly happens? Do you hear the fans start running and audible beeps from the motherboard? If so, the beep codes tell you what's wrong depending on the type and version of your BIOS.

  5. #5
    An orchid fancier with a CP problem chibae's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    mid-Atlantic coast, USA
    Posts
    1,460
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey3288 View Post
    Hrrm so when you say you try it turn it on, what exactly happens? Do you hear the fans start running and audible beeps from the motherboard? If so, the beep codes tell you what's wrong depending on the type and version of your BIOS.
    I know, but silly me forgot to count the beeps/blinks and don't want to shut it down again right now to do so
    Fan runs, caps lock blinks, all shuts down. Last week fan ran, no blinks and no shut down, just no visual display
    It's a tough life being a Sarracenia farmer
    My Grow List http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=123776

  6. #6
    i dont do pots. amphirion's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    SF Bay Area, US
    Posts
    3,498
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    so, your computer is still running and operating but no display on screen (like it's not even on)?
    " You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." -Inigo Montoya
    +growlist
    +petiolaris drosera going dormant?
    +picture thread

  7. #7
    Admin- I'm growing CPs in the Desert of Tucson, Az. adnedarn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Tucson, Arizona USA
    Posts
    8,432
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    I'm good at fixing a lot of things, computers included. I've torn apart probably 5 laptops. The above are good questions....
    -Andrew
    Owner of TerraForums, FlyTrapShop.com, and cpforums.org.
    Support FlyTrapShop, support TerraForums! www.flytrapshop.com

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Do you have an external display? There is probably a VGA port on the back of the laptop you could hook it up to. Next time you restart that would narrow it down to your LCD on the laptop or your video card. I would think an intermittent issue would more likely be a video card problem.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •