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  1. Thread: Dead laptop?

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    And money. :) In this case I suspect it would...

    And money. :) In this case I suspect it would require a new graphics chip, more likely a new motherboard. And a new inverter for the screen backlight. And then it would still be questionable,...
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    That actually worked better than I expected. I...

    That actually worked better than I expected. I didn't remember the magic key so I tried DEL, F12, F11, F10 ... and hey! With F10 held down it didn't do the 5-second-reboot thing. The screen (as...
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    Sodu15, won't I run into the same problem I...

    Sodu15, won't I run into the same problem I mentioned with the Vista repair CD? You have to boot into the Kaspersky rescue disk, and the laptop won't boot from anything. If you have suggestions how...
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    Sorry guys, I got distracted and forgot to check...

    Sorry guys, I got distracted and forgot to check this thread.


    No, HP sez it can go up to 16GB.


    I've cut it down to 91GB, leaving 18 GB (16%) free. I've got all my work files &etc on C: so...
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    No worries, cmptrgy. And yes, I cleaned the RAM...

    No worries, cmptrgy. And yes, I cleaned the RAM contacts with De-Oxit and let it dry.

    Thanks for the offer of the Vista repair CD (I can't respond to your email) but I don't see how that could...
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    Nope. I tried that, and I tried removing power /...

    Nope. I tried that, and I tried removing power / main battery / CMOS battery for 10 minutes. No change.
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    No, I don't have another Vista system. And...

    No, I don't have another Vista system. And unless I am mistaken, you would need the ability to boot into the repair disk. A rescue disk like that is good if your Windows install is borked, but not...
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    Yes, I know about the HP/Nvidia issues... ...

    Yes, I know about the HP/Nvidia issues... Between my ex and I we had several HP laptops (we both worked at HP) and at least one of them had this problem. I "fixed" my ex's laptop by wrapping it in...
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    Isn't, I'm afraid. In the...

    Isn't, I'm afraid.

    In the reboot-every-5-seconds mode (RAM inserted), the laptop doesn't turn on the monitor until it's almost ready to shut down. Nothing gets displayed.

    In the...
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    Well it was certainly worth a try, but... new...

    Well it was certainly worth a try, but... new battery == no change. :(

    Out of curiosity I tried pulling the battery entirely, but that didn't change the behavior either. Same brief video...
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    ?? My last post seems to have disappeared. I'm...

    ?? My last post seems to have disappeared. I'm *sure* I posted it... Will try to reconstruct.

    With a stronger light and a darker room, I determined the screen IS doing something. But it looks...
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    Sudo15, that is indeed what the manual says. But...

    Sudo15, that is indeed what the manual says. But it's wrong. :) Here's the battery in its holder:

    42773

    It does use DDR2 PC2-5300. Max of 2 x 2GB SODIMMs. 2GB sticks are $25 or so, only...
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    Sudo15, the battery is easy. It's in a battery...

    Sudo15, the battery is easy. It's in a battery holder right next to the RAM. :)

    If the battery doesn't help, then RAM is a sensible next thing to try. It could also cause everything (WU, boot,...
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    When I'm working at my home office, I never sleep...

    When I'm working at my home office, I never sleep or hibernate the system. It's always on, always plugged in. (Which is not optimal for Li-On battery life, I know.) But when I travel for business,...
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    I had 10GB free, which was 9% of the 111GB...

    I had 10GB free, which was 9% of the 111GB available on the drive.

    I already have a 6.2GB C:\hiberfil.sys and an 8.3GB C:\pagefile.sys (currently 8GB RAM), so they shouldn't suddenly get that much...
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    That seems very unlikely that the inverter would...

    That seems very unlikely that the inverter would die JUST as the WU fails AND the boot gets hosed...

    I can't see anything (with flashlight) either without RAM (when it just beeps and probably...
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    Large new file in C:\Windows

    Last week I reinstalled Win7 onto a WD Black2 drive -- a combo of 120GB SSD and 1TB HD. The 120GB is a bit tight to fit everything I want there, but I can live with it. I had everything I needed on...
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    No. The screen doesn't light at all. I think...

    No. The screen doesn't light at all. I think it's in the BIOS, since it beeps in POST if there's no RAM, and it tries hitting the disk / CD in some conditions. But I can't see anything so I can't...
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    OK, I'm thinking new RAM wouldn't help anything....

    OK, I'm thinking new RAM wouldn't help anything.

    * I cleaned the RAM contacts with De-Oxit, and blasted out the RAM sockets with compressed air. No change.

    * The RAM sockets are "stacked," one...
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    Thanks for the excellent suggestions, folks! ...

    Thanks for the excellent suggestions, folks!

    No joy from removing the battery or the HD.

    I removed the RAM and it successfully got far enough through POST to beep a complaint, AND it didn't...
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    Dead laptop?

    I have a laptop that I fear may have shuffled off this mortal coil...

    It's about 6 yrs old, running Vista. It was working fine, and I ran Windows Update to install some recommended updates. At...
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    That's what I'm trying to do here. :D Yes,...

    That's what I'm trying to do here. :D


    Yes, but since ALL my tasks/events come from one calendar (Google), that doesn't help me much. I want to choose colors on a task-by-task basis.

    Take a...
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    Coochin, I installed Lightning. With some...

    Coochin, I installed Lightning. With some digging I found the instructions to hook up to my Google calendar. The help wasn't accurate and it took some experimentation to find my way through it, but...
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    Tried that already, Tony. It just redirects you...

    Tried that already, Tony. It just redirects you to the Microsoft download site, which no longer has Outlook 2007.
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    I do. :) Have for 8 years or so. I had to use...

    I do. :) Have for 8 years or so. I had to use Outlook email for a particular client. I'm not working with that client any more but I'm used to using the Outlook calendar.
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