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Black screen on Boot and Cd drive Clicking

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#1 kinguto


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Posted 28 January 2010 - 12:01 PM

I received a broken laptop from a friend that didn't work, it wouldn't power on originally. I disassemble the laptop and made reseat the motherboard and ram and got it to power up and boot into xp. After 2 days, the harddrive went bad, I replaced it with a 160 GB and also replaced the ram and installed Linux in it. 2 days ago I decided to take the laptop apart and clean out the fans since it was full of hair and dust. When I put the laptop together again, it would not go past a black screen and the CD drive was trying to read a CD that wasn't there(it is consistently clicking, and you can't eject the drive as normal). I checked if all the cable and parts are seated properly and seems right, but the CPU does have a bent pin, but it seems like it still goes in the slot. Also I had to super glue the cmos battery back in place, it was on some lil' pegs at first, but it had to be glued on to stay in place.

I NEEDZ HELP!!!!!!!!! :thumbsup:

Just a short summary

1) Laptop powers on but goes to black screen
2)CD seems to be reading, with no media in drive, constant clicking
3)Keyboard lights doesn't go off
*)I doubt that the LCD is dead because I plugged a VGA cable and still no video


HP Compaq NX 9010
512mb DDR ram
2.8 ghz Celeron
160 GB harddrive
Mint Linux

Edited by kinguto, 28 January 2010 - 12:04 PM.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 01:15 PM

First thing I would try would be to go into the BIOS and disable the CD then see if it boots. Super glue on the battery was not a good move but you will deal with that down the road, florist putty works much better!

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#3 kinguto

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 06:05 PM

Bios has a password, no one knows the password and its on the EPROM, but also I can't see anything on screen. I also removed the cd-drive before, but still no results.

Edited by kinguto, 28 January 2010 - 06:09 PM.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 03:44 AM

Double check any ribbon cables to make sure they are pushed all the way into their modular connection slots.
Some times they look like they are in all the way, but are not.
Be very careful as these ribbon wires are very thin and VERY BRITTLE and a crack can cause a broken unrepairable connection.
I had someone bring me a laptop that had that problem.
Hopefully that will fix the problem.

Also, once the battery is removed for the BIOS you should go back in and do a new setup.
There should be a jumper on the motherboard which is a password reset jumper. If you can find the pins and jumper them together, it should clear any passwords that were set on the BIOS utility's entry point.
The jumper might also be called CLEAR PASSWORD.

Edited by MrBruce1959, 29 January 2010 - 03:57 AM.

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