Last week the office manager at my job went to lunch and upon returning found her ASUS i5 laptop frozen solid. She did a hard shut down and tried to restart, when the computer came back on, it was a black screen that said "failure to connect media". I turned off the computer and removed the HD. I plugged the hd into an external connection kit to my laptop and found that it was emitting a clicking sound and wouldn't load.. so I know the HD is bad. I burnt Ubuntu to a DVD rom and put that into the computer, I then changed the boot method to booting from the DVD drive. When the computer restarted it came up with a black screen with nothing on it. I removed the DVD and tried to reboot, the same thing happened. I went out and purchased a new HD and tried to reboot, the system lights are on, but still a black screen.
I have taken out the battery, HD, and let the PC sit for about 30 minutes and then tried to reboot, same black screen. Today I brought in a USB diagnostic tool and used it on the computer without the HD in it. The code that displayed on the LCD was 'FF' which is a boot issue and usually points to the HD, correct? I also plugged the laptop to an external VGA monitor, nothing came up, so I know the screen is not dead. The laptop is only 9 months old.
Right now the only thing useful I can use this PC for is a paper weight. Any ideas on how to solve the issues at hand?