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Laptop wont load bios or OS

By 11mrtom
Sep 15, 2014
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  1. Laptop wont load bios or OS

    Interesting issue here.
    When I press the power button, the HD activity led light comes on for just a second, I feel the HD spinning up and running, the fan kicks in and runs, then nothing. No leds flahing, just power led, no beeps, no screen and no bios.
    I'v discharged static build up (battery out, power button held down 30") and tried both mains & battery to no effect. There were no precursors to this issue.
    So I can deduce the laptop is unable to complete POST in pre bios, despite the lack of beeps yet can supply power to fan & HD.
    Now the GPU is GForce 8400m GS, aware of the issues with the 8xxx series, I'v kept the air flow clean and use a laptop cooler. Possible suspect though it never ran hot and all worked fine till I turned on a couple of days ago. Now I understood that a failure of the 8xxx series usually presented a degraded screen, lines etc rather than failing post.
    I'm backed up and use my second laptop so nothing urgent, just a oportunity to learn.
    I am interested in hearing from hardware geeks and their thoughts.
     
  2. 11mrtom

    11mrtom TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Seem to have been redirected here for some unknown reason !!
     
  3. 11mrtom

    11mrtom TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    My error, thought mobile = smartphone / tablet only.
     
  4. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +241

    If the laptop won't post. It is more and likely the motherboard has gone bad.
     
  5. 11mrtom

    11mrtom TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    As I dont consider it worth $$ repairing and I have a dissasembly PDF, I'm considering another method:
    A guide to GPU BGA Reflow


    Can you recomend the correct forum on this site as I proceed with this strategy! 5401 GPU defect.jpg reflow temp .png
     
  6. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +241

    Toms Hardware Forum. This maybe a place to start. Or wait someone Here may be able to help you.


    Tom's Hardware Forum
     
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    How about re-seating or replacing your memory first..
     
  8. 11mrtom

    11mrtom TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Good idea!
     
  9. 11mrtom

    11mrtom TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Have just tried that, no result. Shiny pins,tight fit. I'm curious about the sequence of steps in POST as I have power to fan and HD on both A/C & battery.
     
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Motherboard or bios is fried...
     
    Cobalt006 likes this.
  11. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +241

    I agree with TMagic650 on this. Your motherboard has fried.
     
  12. 11mrtom

    11mrtom TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Ah, so my looking at a possible GPU issue is in error ? Issue as per symptoms described occurs prior to GPU detection in POST. Sorry about going on about this, just grasping for clarity with a lack of knowledge!!
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2014
  13. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +241

    I doubt very much it was your video chip. Or the board may have beeped on startup. I would say the bios or the board has went bad.
     
  14. 11mrtom

    11mrtom TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Thank you, maybe time to start the grieving process, pull the HD and sell the ram !
     
  15. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +241

    Sorry:'(
     

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