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Do I need a new Mobo?


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#1 Maddmike125

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:33 AM

I am trying to fix my brother-in-laws Laptop, its a Dell Inspiron 1720 with 32-bit windows Vista. I tested the HDD in my desktop and it works just fine. It boots up by itself and everything. But, when it is in the laptop it wont boot for some reason. I've tried to get the laptop to boot using several different methods. I switched HDD slots, I tried re-installing windows via CD, and no matter what I do, it freezes or goes to a black screen with a blinking underscore. I had it to where it would go to the windows screen where it was loading, but it froze after the loading-bar when by twice. I also got it to the windows media direct screen, where it also froze after the loading bar went by once or twice. Even when I try to reinstall windows, It only loads about halfway and freezes or shuts off by itself. What do you think it is, if it is not the HDD? Is it my MOBO or The CPU? I am hoping it is the MOBO. Let me know what you think please.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:42 AM

I think I'd check the ventilation and air flow capabilities...before anything else.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:56 AM

thanks for the advise, but I doubt that that is the problem. I took the entire laptop apart and put it back together. It wasn't dirty at all. I mean, I'd be more than happy to take it apart again and clean it really good. I also checked all the heat-sinks and they were clean. But yeah. Is there any way to test the mobo or the CPU? I can get into the bios and I did run a diagnostic, everything passed. So IDK!!!

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 12:18 PM

How did you test a laptop hard drive in your desktop ?
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 04:01 PM

Well, first I just made it a slave drive and looked to see if the files were on there. Then after I tried it in the laptop a few more times, I put it back into my PC by itself. Took both of my HDDs out. and it loaded windows Vista all by itself just fine. Because I have XP on my Desktop. So, I know the HDD works.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 05:44 PM

OK, It must be a SATA HD.
I forgot you could do that with the SATA drives.
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:26 PM

yes sir. it is. I tend to forget that too... The newer HDDs are all compatible now. But does anybody think it is the mobo?

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:14 PM

You could possibly need a new motherboard .

Since the only thing anybody here can do is suggest things to try, & it's a laptop, there are limited suggestions that can be made.

There is a chance that it is a memory issue but you didn't mention any error messages.

Since you know the hard drive works I suggest taking it to a shop where they can check it out properly & tell you what the problem is.
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Posted 27 February 2009 - 05:38 AM

Memory.

http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp

Download, burn to CD, boot from CD and see if it finds anything.

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