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Is MB Toast?


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#1 CantinaDeRecuerdos

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 10:03 PM

Hi;
I think I know what the answer is, but gotta ask it anyway. Got a friend's laptop that's 3-4 years old. First the keyboard stopped working, so he got an external one. Then he confirms there were "other problems". When he gave it to me, it wouldn't boot. Starts to boot Win 7 but never completes. I changed the BIOS boot sequence such that everything should boot before the HD, but when I put a bootable thumb drive in a working USB port, or a bootable DVD in the working DVD player, it doesn't recognize anything. This is even after pulling the HD! I don't have the tools to test, but I presume it's a pretty safe bet that the MB is toast. Your thoughts?
TIA,
John

 



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#2 Netghost56

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:41 AM

Did you or has the BIOS ever been updated?

 

Have you tested the hard drive in another computer?



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 06:04 PM

The BIOS has not been updated and I have not checked the HD on another computer. However, doing these things is not as easy as it was when I lived in the states. I am literally in the middle of a jungle in the foothills of the Himalaya mountains in India. I don't have the wherewithall to test the HD. I would have to go to town: a major undertaking. To update the BIOS, the computer would have to read media...and the computer is not reading media! This is the problem! Again, I have pulled the HD and am surprised it doesn't try to boot from the USB or DVD. Please advise.

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 10:19 PM

have you tried booting into Safe Mode?

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 05:23 AM

It will not boot in safe mode, no.






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