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January 27, 2014 7:43:06 AM

My laptop won't boot: lights are on, the fan is spinning but the screen is always black.
I've tried both removing the power and pressing the power button for 1 min and replacing the CMOS battery with a new one. Is there something else I can try or is the mobo gone?

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January 27, 2014 7:46:10 AM

Did you remove the battery?
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January 27, 2014 9:05:32 AM

tachybana said:
Did you remove the battery?

Yes.
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January 27, 2014 9:07:12 AM

If you're handy, try checking the memory modules. If it has more than two, try removing one and see if it boots.
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January 27, 2014 1:49:33 PM

tachybana said:
If you're handy, try checking the memory modules. If it has more than two, try removing one and see if it boots.

I removed both memory modules and I've put them back and the laptop still didn't work. Then I've removed one and left the other in but still nothing...
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January 27, 2014 1:54:13 PM

Hi, did you try an external monitor?
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January 28, 2014 5:39:00 AM

jarotech said:
Hi, did you try an external monitor?

The display ain't the problem: on my laptop there's a little red light that turns on when the bios has booted and this light doesn't turn on anymore.
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January 28, 2014 6:30:41 AM

What is the model number for your Toshiba.
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January 28, 2014 8:29:49 AM

jarotech said:
What is the model number for your Toshiba.

It is a satellite l500d-174.

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January 28, 2014 8:48:48 AM

Remove the battery and try to boot again.
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January 28, 2014 1:03:27 PM

jarotech said:
Remove the battery and try to boot again.


Battery has been removed since the laptop stopped working so all the booting attempts were done without the battery.
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January 28, 2014 1:16:04 PM

Ok, what LED does not light, is it the LED for the WLAN?
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January 28, 2014 1:53:30 PM

It seems that something on the motherboard is defective, the laptop won't event POST. The last thing you could do is to disassemble the laptop, with just the motherboard with the adapter and plug to an external monitor, try to boot, if you have nothing on the monitor, then some component is defective.
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January 29, 2014 3:43:52 AM

jarotech said:
It seems that something on the motherboard is defective, the laptop won't event POST. The last thing you could do is to disassemble the laptop, with just the motherboard with the adapter and plug to an external monitor, try to boot, if you have nothing on the monitor, then some component is defective.


The last thing that appeared on the monitor before it stopped working were some codes regarding HDD. It said that it wasn't able to recognize the HDD or something...
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January 29, 2014 7:50:02 AM

You can remove the HDD to see if it will POST, but I doubt the HDD stop the laptop from booting.
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January 29, 2014 1:05:36 PM

jarotech said:
You can remove the HDD to see if it will POST, but I doubt the HDD stop the laptop from booting.


I've removed the HDD and turned the pc on but I still got the black screen. I've also inserted another HDD that I had from another broken laptop but still nothing. I guess the HDD ain't the problem.
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January 29, 2014 1:08:00 PM

No, try to go in the BIOS.
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January 29, 2014 1:12:50 PM

jarotech said:
No, try to go in the BIOS.

And how do I do that from a black screen?

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January 29, 2014 1:22:35 PM

If you can go to the BIOS, the screen will not be black. The BIOS is somehow before and part of the POST or vice versa.
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January 29, 2014 1:28:35 PM

jarotech said:
If you can go to the BIOS, the screen will not be black. The BIOS is somehow before and part of the POST or vice versa.

I get it but how can I access the BIOS if when I power the laptop the screen stays black as nothing happened? Are there any key I should press?
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January 29, 2014 1:39:16 PM

When you push the power, right after push F2 rapidly, but I'm sure it will not work, nothing to loose.
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January 30, 2014 4:57:22 AM

jarotech said:
When you push the power, right after push F2 rapidly, but I'm sure it will not work, nothing to loose.

It didn't work :( 

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January 31, 2014 5:21:38 AM

jarotech said:
When you push the power, right after push F2 rapidly, but I'm sure it will not work, nothing to loose.

Do you think that the mobo failed and if yes how much would a new mobo for this laptop cost?

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January 31, 2014 5:43:14 AM

xxxvegexxx said:

Do you think that the mobo failed and if yes how much would a new mobo for this laptop cost?



Yes, something on the motherboard is defective, you will paid between US$75 and US$150 for the motherboard depending where it come from, without the cost of the shipping.
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May 16, 2014 1:03:18 AM

xxxvegexxx said:
jarotech said:
What is the model number for your Toshiba.

It is a satellite l500d-174.



i don't have a solution for you but when researching the same topic, i found that i would have to disagree with the battery removal or assumption of defective motherboard. for two reasons: 1, i know a thing or two about computers not amateur and not genius, taught computers in college for living 2. the problem appears to be first toshiba, then satellite. Toshiba owners consistently talk about their boot problems with HDD and most report similar bios mishaps. the same goes for usb for toshiba. only very specific, not borrowed product key bootable disks are going to work, not your average microsoft bootable usb will and even if you get the write bootable usb for the toshiba, a borrowed product key gum up the works there.lastly from what i've read the toshiba satellite specifically does not come with an ODD that is accepted to use for a toshiba bootable..so, many just change out there ODD to one of the approved list models. i still don't have a solution myself but i do believe your problems stemmed from make and model of laptop. otherwise, everything other suggestion you were given would be typical for other laptops and would likely fix problem.had to poke my nose in, sorry.
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May 16, 2014 7:12:36 AM

Hi Jewels, "had to poke my nose in, sorry. " don't be sorry, every good point of view are welcome. If a laptop can't go in the BIOS, I don't think the problem could be the HDD or the ODD or some bootable USB key if they are not used even if this is a Toshiba. The problem must be a defective component on the motherboard itself, don't you agree?
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