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Toshiba Satellite won't start, and I'm computer-dumb.


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#1 wafflevision

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 08:05 AM

Hi, I recently acquired a free toshiba satellite a105 with a bad harddrive. I purchased a refurbished hard drive and also some more ram for it and I'm fairly certain that they are compatible parts, but to be honest, my technical knowledge of computers is pretty much zip-o. We plopped in the new parts and everything seemed to click into place like it should, but when we attempted to power it up, it did not cooperate. It seems to be powering on and off over and over again every couple of seconds. nothing shows up on the screen because there's no operating system in yet. Not sure about the integrity of the battery yet, but we did have the ac adapter plugged in.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 02:17 PM

You said there is no operating system on it, thats probibly your problem it cant find a media to boot from so it keeps rebooting to try and find something to boot from.
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Posted 14 April 2010 - 02:49 PM

It should post an error on the screen stating no operating system was found.

Is this the case?

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 03:02 PM

If the system works...you should also be able to see a POST screen and enter the BIOS or receive one of the error messages previously mentioned.

Nothing onscreen is not a confidence-builder that it works properly.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 03:08 PM

If the system works...you should also be able to see a POST screen and enter the BIOS or receive one of the error messages previously mentioned.

Nothing onscreen is not a confidence-builder that it works properly.

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I have to agree, my thoughts are along this line as well.

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 03:09 PM

Yup, you should at least see a post screen. Take out that additional RAM you installed and see if it posts.

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