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HP laptop won't even POST :(

By cyrusjumpjet
May 25, 2011
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  1. I have a feeling I know what the answer's gonna be, but I'll ask anyway.

    I recently purchased an HP laptop used from a guy off craigslist (I know, I know). I just wanted something cheap that I could sit in bed and browse the web on. It's an HP DV9720 with an AMD Turion 64 X2 CPU.

    To make a long story short, it's suddenly refusing to boot. After I hit the power button, the blue power light will light up and the fans start up, but after 2 seconds, it turns off. 5 seconds later, it'll do the same thing all over again. It just keeps trying to boot like that until I pull the battery. I've also tried it without the battery and just running off AC power. Nothing helps though.

    Any ideas? What should I start troubleshooting first? I have a feeling it's just going to be something like "the mobo's fried" and I'm SOL. I only spent $250 on it in the first place so I'm not going to ship it off to HP. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    First thing I would do is test the hard drive, then hook the hard drive up to another PC and run a full virus scan with Malwarebytes. Please state the OS.

    http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free

     
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    I don't think OS or any other software has much to do with this if the thing won't even boot that far. Try removing its memory and putting it back.
     


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